Budweiser Brewing Group eliminates plastic rings

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has announced that its portfolio of beers, including Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois, is now plastic-ring free.

The move, that began in September last year, eliminates 250 tonnes of plastic annually across its full canned beer range.

To achieve the milestone, Budweiser Brewing Group invested £6.3m into the packaging infrastructure at its breweries in South Wales and Lancashire. The sites, which together produce more than 4,000 cans per minute, upgraded three canning lines. Now, the sites are fully equipped to produce alternatives to plastic rings, including fully recyclable wraps and Keel Clip, a new technology which uses recyclable paperboard to create a lighter weight pack.

Driving circular packaging is a key aspect of the brewer’s 2025 Sustainability Goals. AB InBev aims to have 100% of its products in packaging that is returnable or made from majority recycled content by 2025.

Paula Lindenberg, President of Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, said: “Sustainability and the wellbeing of our planet is one of the most important priorities for our business. We couldn’t have predicted the events of this year, but we were determined to not let this hinder our sustainability progress. It’s why I’m so proud that we’ve met our target of removing plastic rings and shrink wrap from all our canned beers. Thanks to the hard work of our teams, there will be no plastic rings on any canned beer that leaves our breweries in the UK from today.”

Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director at Tesco added: “We are working with branded suppliers to remove and reduce as much packaging as we can, reuse more, and to make sure everything that’s left is recycled. It’s fantastic to see Budweiser Brewing Group make such a comprehensive move and removing this much hard-to-recycle plastic from across its range. It is vital that more brands make similar progress with the products we stock in our stores.”