SABMiller join Circular Economy 100

August 16, 2013

SABMiller, one of the world’s leading brewers operating across six continents is the latest member to join the Circular Economy 100. They will be joining other drinks and beverages companies including The Coca Cola Company to start engaging with the opportunities in the transition to a circular economy.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s second economic report, Towards the Circular Economy: opportunities for the consumer goods sector outlined significant economic opportunity in ‘cascading’ beer waste so as to offer benefit for other industries whilst making additional profit on top of the margin for selling the final beer product, and keeping brewer’s spent grains – the largest beer waste product – out of landfill. The report also looked at packaging in this sector, and found that designing more robust, reusable bottles allowed up to 30 reuse cycles, offsetting the additional material cost 20 times over.


SABMiller is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. We are pleased to join the CE100 programme as part of our commitment to enhance the contribution of our local operations to the societies and environment in which they operate. Running some of the largest returnable bottling systems in the world and spent grains from our breweries being sold as animal feed to farmers, we are deeply aware of the benefits of a circular economy. We believe the Ellen MacArthur Foundation provides an opportunity for SABMiller to collaborate with other leading corporations and stakeholders to explore new opportunities and innovations for a more sustainable economy into the future

Andy Wales, SVP Sustainable Development, SABMiller plc

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