SABMiller today announces that it has commissioned a £3 million global brewing research facility in Nottingham, with the aim of pioneering new developments in the science of brewing. Housed within the University of Nottingham’s School of Biosciences, the Brewing Research Facility (BRF) will explore new brewing technology and processes, putting the UK at the centre of SABMiller’s global research programme.
The research is intended to lead to advances in the sustainability and resource efficiency of beer production, and could contribute to the development of significant consumer benefits, such as enhanced shelf life. Professor Katherine Smart, the University of Nottingham SABMiller Chair of Brewing Science, will also be based at the facility, where she and her team will focus on process innovation and novel uses of brewing by-products.
“Whilst the recession is leading some businesses to withdraw funding into research and development, our belief is that it is more critical than ever to invest. Significant improvements in water and energy efficiency will only be achieved if we continue to commit resource and capital to driving the necessary degree of change,” comments Graham Mackay, chief executive of SABMiller.
In 2008 SABMiller set an industry leading target to reduce its water use per litre of beer by 25% by 2015; and in 2009 announced that by 2020 it will reduce fossil fuel emissions from its beers by 50% per litre of beer produced.