How sustainable are your favourite brands?

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New beer ranking by Rank a Brand

Rank a Brand has recently updated its beer ranking. Many of us like a good tasting beer every now and then, especially during the summer months. But we also want to be sure it is brewed in a responsible and sustainable way.

Sustainability and beer is not just about using organic ingredients. Reduction of energy and carbon emissions, use of green energy and water efficiency during production are also included in our sustainability criteria. Other focus points include reducing waste and environmental impact of packaging. We have assessed 32 national and international beer brands based on these criteria.

Front runners and laggers

Of the international brands, Bavaria and Grolsch have achieved 12 out of 23 points (52% of the maximum score), while Warsteiner has scored one point less. These brands are awarded a C-label, meaning: reasonable, but could be better. This is demonstrated by Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Germany) and Gulpener (the Netherlands). These small breweries who serve their local markets have both received a B-label.

Most international beer brands however, score a D-label, meaning their score is below 35% of the maximum. This means that international beer brands really have to put in more effort, in order to achieve a better score and to rightfully sell their beer as being sustainable. At the bottom of our list we find Duvel and Alfa. These brands receive an E-label, the lowest of our labels, which means: don’t buy these brands until they show serious improvements!

If your favourite brand is not one of the front runners, or even worse: nudge them! This can be done by clicking the ‘nudge brand’ link in the upper right corner of each brand page.

Improved reporting

In general we see more and more beer brands taking their reporting on corporate social responsibility more seriously. It is an important principle for Rank a Brand that brands not only improve their sustainability performance, but are also transparent about it. This way, consumers like you and me can assess it to support our responsible shopping choices.

While most brands report on their carbon emissions, we hardly see any clear reduction targets. Furthermore, only a few brands have clear policies on the use of renewable energy. A better ambition level is shown on the use of water. However, the score on the use of certified environmentally friendly raw materials is disappointing, again with only a few exceptions.

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You can see all the results of the ranking here. Please note that you will only see brands that are available in your country. If you select a brand you can see their score on each of our criteria, and a short explanation on how we have assessed this.

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A sustainable beer tastes good, but don’t drink too much of it!

Radboud van Delft, managing director Rank a Brand

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