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18 June 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has teamed up with agricultural production firm Syngenta to source high-quality malting barley, a key raw material for beer.
Under the agreement, growers will have access to the best Syngenta malting barley varieties and a “tailored growing approach, which includes training and advice on agronomy and sustainable farming practices”.
AB InBev produces beers such as Stella Artois, Becks and Budweiser.
“By following the protocol, growers will achieve superior yields when compared with current market standards, enabling them to supply AB InBev with consistently high-quality grain to meet the exacting standards for beer production,” said Syngenta.
Syngenta chief operating officer, John Atkin, said: "Growers will be able to consistently achieve higher yields of top-quality malting barley, which will increase their incomes and help Anheuser-Busch InBev meet growing demand for its products."
Tony Milikin, chief procurement officer at AB InBev, added: "We wish to keep barley relevant and interesting for growers by helping them develop their business in a qualitative, sustainable and profitable way.
“We work with them towards achieving a better yield – investing in the development of improved varieties while providing access to high quality seeds, the latest technology and expert advice from skilled agronomists.
“As we work with more than 15,000 growers through longstanding barley programs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, China and Russia, we look forward to turning this new project into a shared success that we can scale."
The first phase of the partnership will take place in Argentina. It will involve 160 growers and cover 14,000 hectares.