UK: SABMiller announces new brewing research centre

on 19/05/11 at 9:44 am

Beer

SABMiller is building a brewing research centre in the UK that it believes could deliver a “quantum leap” in beer innovation.

The brewer is investing £3m in the facility, which is to be housed at the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham.

Brewing priorities

Under the guidance of Professor Katherine Smart, the SABMiller chair of brewing science, the researchers at the facility will work on ways to improve the sustainability and resource efficiency of beer production. Another goal will be to pursue developments that deliver consumer benefits such as longer shelf life.

Two focus areas for the team will be process innovation and novel uses of brewing by-products.

Graham Mackay, SABMiller CEO, said the foundation of the research facility is vital to achieving improvements in water and energy efficiency.

And Professor Barry Axcell, chief brewer at SABMiller, added that there is plenty of scope to advance the brewing process as it stands.

Axcell said: “The brewing process has remained largely unchanged for many years and, compared to wine, spirits and cider, has been woefully slow to innovate.

“The new brewing research facility has the potential to drive a quantum leap in technological and process innovation to deliver genuine competitive advantage for SABMiller.”

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