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Grolsch plans on brewing beer from sustainably grown barley - Working on sustainable agriculture with growers - (Translation)

13 July 2009

On Saturday, the 27th of June, Grolsch will organize a sustainable agriculture-themed demonstration day for brewing barley growers in its Malthouse in Kloosterzande (Zeelandic Flanders). Grolsch has the ambition to eventually brew its beer from sustainably grown barley malt extract, for which productive cooperation with growers in the chain is essential. This will provide Grolsch with brewing barley of excellent quality and result in higher proceeds for growers. The demonstration day is meant to attract more growers in Zeelandic Flanders and increase their interest in and enthusiasm for a sustainable venture.

Growing Grolsch
The Grolsch Malthouse in Kloosterzande cooperates intensively with a core group of growers in Zeelandic Flanders in order to permanently improve barley production and to create a proper chain structure, giving rise to the project ‘Growing Grolsch'. This project focuses on sustainable agriculture and offers major advantages for both growers and Grolsch: improved management, better quality and securing brewing barley availability.

Jos Haeck, manager of the Malthouse in Kloosterzande comments: "We share with our growers our pride and passion for our products. On the basis of sustainable agriculture, we would now like to extend our cooperation with them. After all, craftsmanship is mastership!"

A sustainable and responsible venture
Grolsch's activities surrounding sustainable agriculture are part of its sustainable and responsible venture program. Spearheads of the program for the upcoming year are:
- Alcohol: encouraging responsible alcohol consumption;
- Water: brewing more beer with less water;
- Energy & CO2: reducing energy consumption CO2 emission;
- Packaging: encouraging the reuse and recycling of packaging.
Would you like to know more about the project and the ambitions of Growing Grolsch? Then we would like to invite you to attend our demonstration day for brewing barley growers this Saturday, the 27th of June, from 2 PM.

Editorial information
For more information and/or visual material, please contact:

Royal Grolsch N.V.
Helen ter Huurne
Department of Corporate Affairs
Tel: 053-483 31 76

About Grolsch
Royal Grolsch N.V. is a company with a history that dates back to 1615. This makes Grolsch one of the oldest and most successful breweries in the Netherlands. Grolsch is active in the Dutch market, as well as a large number of international beverage markets. Grolsch holds a premium position in the world, in which unique Grolsch values such as taste, top quality, tradition, aspiration, authenticity, and sharing enjoyment are central themes. Since 2004 Grolsch has been located in a modern brewery complex in Enschede. Since February 12th, 2008 Grolsch has been a subsidiary of SABMiller plc.

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on  We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 25/06/09.

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