There is no doubt that the craft brewing industry has erupted over the years, but there are many sustainability and supply chain challenges to overcome in this industry. Whether trying to reduce waste or working to improve efficiencies, the brewing industry has innovated some creative solutions to improve their impact on the world. What are some of the challenges and solutions in the industry? Let’s take a look!
Besides all of these incredible things happening at breweries, breweries are also implementing tremendous amounts of solar panels, installing charging station for electric vehicles, and encouraging their employees to bike when they can. Many breweries are taking advantage of having local farmers nearby and purchase crops from them, have fields of their own, and plant drought-resistant plants in dry areas. Breweries are also encouraging their employees to use vacation time to volunteer in order to help their surrounding communities. Now you might be wondering, “Where is the supply chain impact?” Supply chain is sustainability in a lot of cases and brewing is a great example of how. Whether it is the supply and disposal of water or the sourcing of hops and grains, sustainable brewing is all around us! Where are you seeing it and how do you see sustainability growing in this industry?
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