Anheuser-Busch knows that great beer starts with quality ingredients, sourced directly from farmers throughout America’s heartland. That is why we are proud to support our farmers to produce the best ingredients in ways that are responsible, sustainable, and benefit the communities where we live and work. From irrigation projects to crop management, our team of agronomists work hand-in-hand with our farmers to ensure they have the tools and continuing skills they need to succeed.
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Anheuser-Busch proudly supports U.S. farming families and the broader agricultural community by sourcing the majority of our ingredients from local farms. Our beers are made with 100% U.S. corn and rice, and 98% U.S. barley. Over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch has spent $5.5 billion purchasing ingredients from U.S. farms for our leading beers. Last year alone, we bought nearly 16 million bushels of corn, 21.6 million bushels of rice, 30.5 million bushels of barley, and 3.7 million pounds of hops directly from U.S. farmers.
As the largest end user of rice in the United States, Anheuser-Busch buys more than $120 million of rice each year. Our rice mill in Jonesboro, Arkansas mills approximately 2.6 million pounds of rice a day. Rice helps provide a clean, crisp taste, and has been part of the Budweiser recipe since 1876.
More than 98% of the barley used in our leading beers is grown domestically by farm families in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. We are proud of our long-standing, intergenerational partnerships with farmers who share our drive and passion for superior quality.
Corn is an important ingredient in many of our value beers. We buy roughly 16 million bushels of corn each year because it is a critical ingredient in Busch, Busch Light, Natural Light, to name a few.
Anheuser-Busch is the single largest user of hops for brewing in the world. Each year, Anheuser-Busch directly purchases approximately 3.7 million pounds of hops from U.S. farmers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We have been contracting public hop varieties with many of these farmers since the 1970s. U.S. hop farmers supply roughly 70% of the hops used by the North America Anheuser-Busch brewing team and all of our partners.
Anheuser-Busch embraces new technologies so that we can continue to brew, package, transport, and deliver our more than 100 brands in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. Since the early 1980s, we have been industry leaders in agriculture research and development. At our international barley research facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, we develop higher quality strains of barley that are drought and pest resistant, which helps reduce farmers’ input costs.
One of our programs, called SmartBarley, enables the Anheuser-Busch agronomy team to work directly with U.S. barley farmers to help improve their agronomic practices and share data and best practices with farmers across the country.
And, at our hops farm in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, we are growing seven different varieties of hops, including a number of experimental hops. Our hops farm, called Elk Mountain Farms, is one of the largest hop farms in the world and was established 32 years ago to grow hops for Budweiser. Today, the farm supports both mainstream and craft brands within the Anheuser-Busch portfolio. In addition to contracting with local hop farmers, the hop farm allows us to develop a deep relationship with farmers that combines the best of hop growing with the best practices of hop usage.
These are just some of the many ways we continue to drive innovation in agriculture. By connecting American farmers to technology and resources, we are helping to move the entire agriculture industry forward and bridge the gap between tradition and technology.
Anheuser-Busch has direct relationships with more than 1,000 farmers, many of whom have been our partners for many generations. We have 23 agricultural and packaging facilities throughout the country, including our own malthouses in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Moorhead, Minnesota – both critical parts of our regional agribusiness supply chain.
As part of its commitment to build lasting relationships with the broader agriculture community, this year Anheuser-Busch is proud to support a few leading agriculture organizations, including:
These programs demonstrate Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to building a more beneficial agricultural system – one that meets consumers’ desires for sustainably-grown, high-quality ingredients, while benefiting farmers and their communities.
Connecting our farmers with the resources to strengthen our agriculture community gives us purpose beyond brewing.
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