MillerCoors takes sustainable agriculture seriously and is not afraid to lead by example
Great beer requires great ingredients, so our US joint venture MillerCoors takes a hands-on approach to ensure it has ready supplies of the high-quality barley its breweries need.
Around 75% of MillerCoors barley comes direct from 864 independent growers in Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. MillerCoors has also farmed its own land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley for more than half a century.
With more than 90% of MillerCoors total water usage occurring within its agricultural supply chain, and with water quality – and availability – becoming a concern in some growing areas, the company is devoting considerable resources to understanding water risks and identifying areas where farmers can improve water efficiency.
Among the most high profile of these initiatives is the Showcase Barley Farm in Idaho’s Silver Creek Valley, created by MillerCoors in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The farm aims to maximise yields while minimising the use of water, energy and fertilisers – in the past three growing seasons alone, it is estimated to have saved around 429 million US gallons of water (enough to fill around 650 Olympic swimming pools), as well as cutting its energy use in half.