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Anheuser-Busch Employees Identify Over 92.8 Million Gallons of Water Savings through Water Conservation Competition

St. Louis, MO – WEBWIRE

 Today, Anheuser-Busch announced the winner of its 2018 “How Much Water Can You Save” competition - Metal Container Corporation Arnold Can Plant. The announcement follows the launch in April of Anheuser-Busch  2025 Sustainability Goals, as part of which, the brewer  committed to ensuring 100% of facilities are engaged in water efficiency efforts.

The second annual competition, which launched earlier this year on World Water Day, challenged employees at each of Anheuser-Busch’s 45 facilities nationally to identify water saving opportunities and then develop and implement their ideas. In total, 24 of the initiatives submitted have been implemented at facilities across the country, collectively saving over 92.8 million gallons of water – four times the amount saved through 2017’s competition.

The winning idea this year was submitted by John Allen, Technician at the Arnold Can Plant outside St. Louis, MO. Allen closely studied each supply line and determined the exact type of valve equipment required to ensure lines provided the optimal amount of water needed for the can washer process, ultimately identifying almost 17 million gallons in annual water savings — equivalent to 32 percent of the plant’s overall annual water consumption.

“While John has led numerous process improvements since he joined the plant in 1979, this innovation stands out as truly exceptional in the sheer volume of water it saves,” said Dave Taylor, Vice President of Supply at Anheuser-Busch. “John’s ingenuity — and that of all the submissions for the “How Much Water Can You Save” competition — are great examples of our colleagues coming together to achieve our sustainability goals.”

Allen will receive two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, hosted in Atlanta, Ga. for the winning innovation.

“Working at Anheuser-Busch has always enabled me to think outside the box and drive real change,” said Allen. “While the adjustment may seem small, it is making a big impact at our facility. The initiative is applicable at our other four can plants, and we’re currently working to implement it as a best practice.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to being a good steward of the environment, Anheuser-Busch has reduced water usage across its major breweries by almost 50 percent over the past 10 years — the equivalent of 73 billion cans of beer — thanks to the innovations and contributions of colleagues, business partners and consumers.

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For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric of the United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 22 breweries, 20 distributorships and 22 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. 

From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home.

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