Budweiser to eliminate plastic rings

Stella Artois, Budweiser and Bud Light are to be plastic ring-free, removing 850 tonnes of plastic annually.

A £6.3m investment will enable the Budweiser Brewing Group to eliminate plastic rings shrink film, normally used as tertiary packaging around trays used in the shipping of beer packs.

Paula Lindenberg, president of Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, said: “This announcement ensures that the UK’s favourite beers will soon come in recyclable paperboard packaging, so consumers can make even better choices each time they shop. This is another important step towards a more sustainable future, as we move towards brewing our biggest beer brands with 100 per cent locally-sourced barley and 100 per cent renewable electricity from solar power.”

In order to eliminate plastic rings from all packaging by the end of 2020, Budweiser Brewing Group will restructure and reconfigure production at its two main UK breweries in Magor, South Wales, and Samlesbury, Lancashire. This £6.3m investment in the renovation and upgrades to three canning lines will produce alternatives to plastic, including Keel Clips, a new technology which uses recyclable paperboard to create a lighter weight pack, as well as wraps and boxes.

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