Anheuser-Busch Establishes St. Louis, Missouri, EverGrain Production Facility
The company reported it will break ground and begin the renovation of an historical building as it creates EverGrain’s headquarters. This investment in the St. Louis community, which Anheuser-Busch noted it has called home for more than 160 years, is part of the company’s recently announced plan to invest more than $1 billion over the next two years in its facilities to help accelerate the recovery and drive economic prosperity in communities across the U.S.
“This investment in our hometown of St. Louis brings together two critical priorities for Anheuser-Busch: playing a leading role in the country’s economic recovery and leveraging our world class innovation capabilities to create a more sustainable future,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “From finding more sustainable ways to produce and deliver our brands, to adapting our portfolio to meet changing tastes, we are always challenging ourselves to dream bigger and find innovative solutions to bring high-quality products to our consumers.”
Anheuser-Busch said it sources 98% of its ingredients from U.S. farmers, and EverGrain will leverage the company’s multi-generational relationships with many of its growers to deliver its transformative barley products at scale.
“Anheuser-Busch has a long history in St. Louis and this investment is an exciting next step as they continue to find innovative new ways to support our community and help drive the local economy,” said Steve Johnson, Chief Business Attraction Officer for Greater St. Louis, Inc. and President of the AllianceSTL initiative. “With this significant investment in the City of St. Louis, EverGrain’s presence will further strengthen our region’s growing momentum for advanced manufacturing and production and help highlight the importance of sustainability initiatives in local industry."
According to company officials, EverGrain is a sustainable ingredient company backed by AB InBev that is revolutionizing the use of high-quality grains that are used to brew beer to deliver nutritious and great tasting barley-based ingredients that can be used in a variety of food and beverage products.
“This announcement is a key milestone in EverGrain’s journey to realize the full potential of barley. As we grow our operations in St. Louis, we will be able to deliver new options to consumers who seek a healthier and more sustainable future,” said Founder and CEO of EverGrain, Greg Belt. “With Anheuser-Busch's support, we are uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality plant-based ingredients that don’t require additional land, save water, and lower the overall carbon footprint of our products, making them better for people and for the planet.”
The company is currently making its products at their $15 million small-scale production facility at Anheuser-Busch's Newark, New Jersey brewery which will continue to be utilized for small batch production and testing once the St. Louis facility comes online.
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