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Americans Jacobo Backus and Howard Johnston establish a brewery in the Rimac district of Lima.
The Backus & Johnston Brewery Company becomes a national company and changes its name to Cervecería Backus & Johnston.
The company merges with Compañia Nacional de Cerveza, Cervecería del Norte and Sociedad Cervecería de Trujillo to form Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston.
The company is acquired by the Bavaria group.
Bavaria becomes part of SABMiller.
Building local maize sources
In Peru, Backus are encouraging smallholder development by moving part of their hard yellow maize procurement from imports (predominantly from Argentina) to local crops grown by smallholder farmers.
Awareness, education and prevention
In 2007, Backus in Peru established their policy instead of position statement on HIV/AIDS based on SABMiller's global policy on this issue, the Global Compact Principles, the Millennium Development Goals and national legislation.
Awards for sustainable development
Backus y Johnston has won three prizes – in the ninth edition of Premio Perú 2021 – two for its programme, Súmate, sólo +18 (only +18), and one for Ecoparque vive responsible (Ecopark Live Responsibly). These prizes aim to promote socially responsible behaviour among companies and to recognise those that show outstanding commitment to the development of Peru.