Water and agriculture

All our breweries are expected to reduce the water they use to brew beer, but these water savings, while important, are dwarfed by those that could potentially be achieved by more efficient agricultural methods.

SABMiller was one of the first companies to calculate its supply chain water footprint. This showed that 90% of the water needed to make our beer is used to grow brewing raw materials such as barley. To develop an understanding of the water risks facing our raw materials, we have mapped the water risks in all our major sourcing areas and are carrying out deeper analysis in key regions.

We are responding to key risks in sourcing regions in countries including India, South Africa, and the USA. In the USA, MillerCoors has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to pilot and share best water management practices in the barley supply chain.