May 17, 2020

Vietnam opens new malt factory to supply Heineken and Carlsberg with processed Australian grain

CBH Group
Carlsberg
Heineken
beer industry
Tom Wadlow
2 min
Australian barley field
A huge 110,000-tonne capacity malt processing plant has been opened in Vietnam.

The CBH Group and Interflour Group have unveiled the US$70 million Inte...

A huge 110,000-tonne capacity malt processing plant has been opened in Vietnam.

The CBH Group and Interflour Group have unveiled the US$70 million Intermalt facility in Cai Mep, the largest malting plant in South East Asia. It will service major brewers in the region including Heineken Vietnam and Carlsberg, among numerous local breweries.

CBH Chairman Wally Newman said: “CBH’s investment in Interflour 12 years ago was ground breaking and today’s opening of the Intermalt facility in Vietnam marks a new phase of growth for the business as it moves into barley processing and expands across South East Asia.

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“It will be a new chapter for Western Australian barley growers who now have direct access to Vietnam’s burgeoning beer market – the fastest growing beer market in Asia.”

Heineken Vietnam Corporate Affairs Director Matt Wilson added: “Heineken Vietnam always seeks to use local suppliers where possible in order to drive jobs and wealth in Vietnam”.

“Our preference for local sourcing has seen us contribute around 0.75 per cent of Vietnam's total GDP and support nearly 200,000 jobs in Vietnam,” he said.

“Because of this, we are very happy to see Intermalt entering the local market with the potential to supply us with locally produced malt in the future and increase our contribution to the Vietnamese economy."

It is good news for farmers in Western Australia, who will be granted access to the lucrative beer market in Vietnam and wider Asia following the opening of a massive new malt processing plant.

As part of the final commissioning phase, Intermalt has already purchased 42,000 tonnes of malt barley, with 32,000 tonnes coming from the Kwinana and Albany port zones of the Western Australian grain belt.

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May 17, 2020

Starbucks to open 10,000 sustainable stores in bid to save US$50mn

Starbucks
Green Energy
Renewable
Sustainability
Marcus Lawrence
2 min
Nestlé and Starbucks complete licensing deal for $7.15bn.
Starbucks has announced plans to open 10,000 “greener stores” around the world by 2025

The plans come under an initiative called the “Starbucks G...

Starbucks has announced plans to open 10,000 “greener stores” around the world by 2025

The plans come under an initiative called the “Starbucks Greener Stores Framework”, which the coffee company will develop with experts in the field such as SCS Global Services, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ CEO, said in a company statement that Starbucks has a responsibility to promote environmental sustainability.

“We are a company in [sic] that believes, in the fabric of mission and values, that the pursuit of profit is not in conflict with the pursuit of doing good”.

The announcement aligns with Starbucks’ efforts over the past decade to create sustainable buildings, working in partnership with the US Green Building Council.

The company has said it will go beyond the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainable building criteria, which it developed alongside the US Green Building Council, to focus on powering its stores in the US and Canada with 100% renewable energy.

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Starbucks plans to introduce technology to both new buildings and in renovations of existing stores that will save 25-30% on energy and water use.

Marketing Magazine said this could save Starbucks around US$50mn incrementally over the next decade.

This year, Starbucks committed to eliminate its reliance on single-use straws in 28,000 stores by 2020, and also said that it is developing compostable paper cups.

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