US – AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has announced a US$15.5 million investment in its Fort Collins brewery.  

This funding will upgrade the brewery’s bottling lines from packed to bulk glass, enhancing production efficiency, strengthening the supply chain, reducing emissions, and driving overall business efficiencies. The upgraded bottling lines are expected to be fully operational by Summer 2024. 

Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch, emphasized the company’s commitment to local communities. “Investing in the communities where our people live and work is part of who we are,” Whitworth stated.  

He further stated that the investment not only improves the brewery’s efficiency and capabilities but also allows Anheuser-Busch to enhance its industry-leading support for employees through on-the-job training and growth opportunities. 

Tim Seitz, General Manager of the Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins Brewery, explained that the switch to a bulk glass system will allow for more efficient beer production. 

“Enhancing our brewery’s infrastructure also builds on our capabilities as a brewer and gives our employees the opportunity to develop new technical skillsets and personally contribute to the innovation and growth of the company,” Seitz noted. 

Over the past five years, Anheuser-Busch has invested nearly US$2 billion in its facilities across the United States, significantly boosting local economies.  

These investments are crucial for ensuring the long-term growth and viability of its facilities, enhancing capabilities, improving efficiencies, and funding additional infrastructure projects. 

Anheuser-Busch operates more than 120 facilities across the U.S., including flagship and regional craft breweries and agricultural facilities in 24 states.  

The Fort Collins brewery is one of two facilities that cans clean, safe drinking water for Anheuser-Busch’s Emergency Drinking Water program.  

Since the program’s inception in 1988, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have worked alongside organizations such as the American Red Cross and the National Volunteer Fire Council to provide over 93 million cans of emergency drinking water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises. 

Recently, Anheuser-Busch announced a US$13 million investment in its Cartersville Brewery, aimed at increasing capabilities and supporting ongoing improvements.  

This includes enhancing the brewery’s beyond beer and craft production capabilities, as well as upgrading its facility infrastructure and equipment. 

Furthermore, Anheuser-Busch has launched the national rollout of its US Farmed certification and packaging seal for several of its beer brands, showing strong support for domestic farmers. 

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