Japanese beverage giant Suntory Group and UK-based malt supplier Muntons will collaborate on a joint exploration of how to reduce CO2 emissions of barley by 50% within the next five years.
Also involved in the initiative are supply chain consultancy Future Food Solutions and Dewing Grain.
With global warming affecting different crop yields globally, significant players within the cereal space are keen to future-proof their industry.
Jointly exploring the possibilities for producing healthy yields of barley while reducing the carbon footprint of production will benefit all, say those involved in this collaboration.
“A report from the BIER industry roundtable group indicates that malt contributes a significant proportion of around 39% of beer’s carbon footprint when in glass bottles and 41% for whisky. Suntory’s own calculations estimate that 40% of the carbon footprint of their beer and whisky is directly related to the agricultural process,” Adrian Dyter, head of technical and procurement for Muntons tells FoodIngredientsFirst.
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