Miller Brewing Company Releases First Sustainable Development Report

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MILWAUKEE, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Miller Brewing Company today released its first Sustainable Development Report detailing the company’s 10 global sustainable development priorities and progress in areas such as responsibility, conservation, recycling and community impact.

Available online at, the 18-page report includes the following highlights:

  — 196 million gallons of water were conserved last year by process
efficiencies engineered by Miller breweries, an amount equal to that
needed to brew and package 21 million cases of beer.
— 622 tons of aluminum are conserved per year as Miller has reduced the
amount of aluminum that goes into cans, equivalent to the amount of
aluminum contained in 2.2 million cases of beer.
— 99.3 percent of brewery waste, including glass, aluminum, cardboard and
organic waste is recycled or reduced after the installation of
conservation programs at each of Miller’s major breweries.
— Fossil fuel consumption was cut by 6.1 percent per barrel of beer
produced over the past two years.
— Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 10 percent per barrel over the
past two years, equivalent to offsetting the entire carbon footprint of
one of the company’s breweries for a full year.
— More than 750,000 individuals have benefited from $5.4 million per year
in corporate social investment spending through Miller’s REACH(R)
— Respect 21(TM) Responsible Retailing Program, Miller’s
academically-researched responsibility initiative, has enhanced
underage access prevention efforts.
— “PowerFlour” a humanitarian effort, spearheaded by Miller and supply
chain partners, is helping feed children in developing countries.

“Sustainable development is a way of life at Miller,” said Tom Long, president and CEO of Miller Brewing Company. “The actions detailed in our report are just a start. We are undertaking these projects and initiatives for all the right reasons, and are working towards a successful and sustainable future. It’s good for business, the environment and the communities we serve.”

Miller’s parent company, SABMiller, established the following priorities in 2006:

Discouraging irresponsible drinking; making more beer using less water; reducing our energy and carbon footprint; having a vibrant packaging reuse and recycling economy; working towards zero waste operations; having supply chains that reflect our values and commitment; benefiting communities; contributing to the reduction of HIV/AIDS; respecting human rights; and transparency in reporting our progress.

“These priorities have shaped the way we make beer and interact with our stakeholders and consumers,” said Kim Marotta, director of corporate social responsibility for Miller. “Our parent company has set the standard for being a socially-responsible global citizen, and with their leadership we are continually evolving and improving our sustainable practices. We are excited to share our first report and look forward to continuing the dialogue in years to come.”

Notable sustainable development achievements at Miller’s brewery facilities include:

  — In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee brewery purchases enough wind power from
the local utility to completely run the brewhouse.
— The Trenton, Ohio brewery’s wastewater treatment plant produces solids
that are recycled into FARM-ON(TM) a nitrogen-rich byproduct used as
fertilizer by farmers.
— The Eden, North Carolina brewery received recognition from the N.C.
Pollution Prevention Program for implementing procedures that reduced
overall water usage and waste generation throughout its operations.
— At the Fort Worth, Texas facility, 8.6 percent of natural gas fuel is
replaced by biogas from the anaerobic wastewater treatment plant at the
— At the Irwindale, California brewery, new generators powered by biogas
from the anaerobic wastewater treatment plant supply one megawatt of
electrical power to the brewery each hour.
— In conjunction with the Albany, Georgia brewery, Miller has partnered
with the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor and manage groundwater
levels and quality to ensure a sustainable future.

Miller’s Sustainable Development Report not only details recent progress and initiatives, but the final page of the report outlines the company’s next steps for improving current practices and strengthening the commitment to sustainable development.

About Miller Brewing Company

As one of America’s oldest brewers, Miller Brewing Company continues the commitment of founder Frederick J. Miller to brew “confoundedly good beers” with “uncompromising quality.” Through more than 150 years of innovation and brewing excellence, Miller has built a broad portfolio of award-winning beers that capture approximately 18 percent of the U.S. beer market. In the past decade, Miller beers have won 105 medals — more than twice as many as its major competitors — at the biannual World Beer Cup and annual Great American Beer Fest. An unprecedented four-time gold award winner at the World Beer Cup, Miller Lite is the great tasting, less filling beer that has defined the American light lager category since 1975. Miller’s latest innovation, Miller Chill, is a chelada-style beer brewed with lime and salt, providing a unique twist on refreshment. Miller also brews smooth, golden rich Miller Genuine Draft using a unique cold-filtering process introduced in 1985. The company’s oldest brew is Miller High Life, the champagne of beers. Miller imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Tyskie and Foster’s, and it offers regional craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. Near-premium beers include Milwaukee’s Best Light, Steel Reserve, Olde English 800, Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Icehouse and Sharp’s, a non-alcohol brew. Miller also offers the Sparks line of caffeinated alcohol beverages. Miller is a wholly owned subsidiary of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers with a global footprint spread across five continents. For more information, visit