19th August 2013: Samlesbury Brewery in Preston celebrated the production of its 20 billionth pint on Friday with an event for the Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of South Ribble. Partners, colleagues and friends from the local community were also in attendance.
AB InBev owned Samlesbury Brewery has been producing premium beers including Stella Artois and Budweiser for more than 40 years, producing enough beer to fill nearly 5,000 Olympic sized swimming pools during that time.
More than 260 employees work on site, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 363 days a year and produces up to 3.5 million bottles, 1.7 million cans and 17 thousand kegs in a single day.
Neil Nersesian, manager of AB InBev’s Samlesbury Brewery, said:
“Producing our 20 billionth pint is a great milestone for the whole brewery team and is a testament to their hard work and commitment. We’re delighted to see many of our friends and colleagues here today, including some of the local businesses that serve our premium beers as well as local representatives.
“We work hard to be a strong and supportive partner to the community in Preston. We are committed to contributing to the local community and using our resources wisely as part of our efforts to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. We’re already looking forward to brewing the next 20 billion pints in years to come.”
To mark the occasion, the brewery hosted a celebration for special guests which included a tour of the brewery followed by a special “zythology” session. Luke Morris, Stella Artois expert in beer and food pairing, explained how to match beer with different kinds of food and guests were able to taste different combinations of fish, cheeses and Belgian chocolates with the beer brewed on site.
Guests also took part in a Stella Artois “Pouring Ritual” competition during which expert bartenders led a contest to pour the perfect pint of Stella Artois by following the known four-step pouring ritual. In a close contest Emma Jacovelli, Fundraising Manager at St Catherine’s Hospice, won and took home the prize of an engraved Stella Artois Chalice.
South Ribble’s Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, attended Friday’s event and commented:
“Today’s event has been a great way to celebrate AB InBev’s ongoing contribution as one of the largest employers in the area. 20 billion pints is quite an achievement!”
The brewery team also created a special 20th billionth pint Stella Artois keg, which will remain on display in the brewery.
As well as the brewery’s operational staff, local councillors, businesses and environmental organisations, representatives from St Catherine’s Hospice, the brewery’s chosen partner charity in 2013, were also in attendance.
The brewery has invested more than £2.5million in energy and water saving projects since 2009 and now recycles 99.8% of all its waste. The brewery’s employees have also partnered with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to dig new habitats for wildlife in Brockholes Nature Reserve.
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About Samlesbury Brewery
- Second largest AB InBev brewery in the UK
- Built in 1972
- Site occupies 80 acres (3.24km2)
- Employs around 260 people
- Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 363 days a year
- Brands produced on site include Stella Artois, Budweiser, Brahma, Bass and Boddingtons
- Produces kegs, cans and bottles across 4 packaging lines
- In a single day the site can produce 3.5 million bottles, 1.7 million cans and 17 thousand kegs
- Produces approximately 2.5 million hectolitres of beer per year (equivalent of more than 440 million pints)
- £29.3 million pounds has been invested in the site in the last three years
For more information on AB InBev’s global environmental goals please visit: http://www.ab-inbev.com/go/social_responsibility/environment/overview.cfm
About Anheuser-Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). It is the leading global brewer, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and recognized as first in the beverage industry on FORTUNE Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired” companies list. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years and our portfolio of well over 200 beer brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers. We invest the majority of our brand-building resources on our Focus Brands – those with the greatest growth potential such as global brands Budweiser®, Corona®, Stella Artois® and Beck’s®, alongside Leffe®, Hoegaarden®, Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Antarctica®, Quilmes®, Michelob Ultra®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, Hasseröder® and Jupiler®. Anheuser-Busch InBev’s dedication to heritage and quality originates from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, with origins in St. Louis, USA since 1852. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser Busch InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 150,000 employees based in 24 countries worldwide. In 2012, AB InBev realized 39.8 billion USD revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.co.uk.