AB InBev ramps up sustainability efforts with a new ‘robo-warehouse’ in the UK
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is opening a new automated ‘robo-warehouse’ with space to store 23mn pints of beer.
The world's largest beer brewer deployed the warehouse technology at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales.
AB InBev said it plans a global roll-out of the technology.
Developed by Consoveyo, the 'robo-warehouse' aims to reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint by 605 tonnes of CO2 by reducing transport between warehouses.
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Using robotic cranes across six stories and nine miles of racking, the technology will be able to retrieve any one of the stored pallets in under 60 seconds.
AB InBev said that the 80,000 cubic metre warehouse will also help it meet the growing demand for its beer brands which include Budweiser and Stella Artois.
It follows several investments at the Welsh brewery, such as the implementation of a CO2 recovery system and a waste-to-energy power generator.
Lloyd Manship, brewery manager for AB InBev, said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to Wales. It means we can get our beer out and into stores and pubs faster and more efficiently than ever before, that’s ultimately good for us, our customers and the environment.
“I’m proud that this technology is a global first for AB InBev and look forward to seeing its implementation all over the world.”
The investment also bolsters AB InBev’s commitment to its 2025 Sustainability Goals.
Through the sustainability drive, the brewer has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% across its value chain against a 2017 baseline.
This equates to taking more than 1.5mn cars off the road each year.