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Anheuser-Busch InBev eliminates plastic rings from UK beers
Oct 19, 2020 (MarketLine via COMTEX) -- Copyright (C) 2020 Datamonitor. All rights reserved

Anheuser-Busch InBev has removed plastic rings from its entire UK portfolio as part of a sustainability drive.

The brewer said today all brands on sale in the UK, including Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois, will be plastic-free. The move eliminates 250 tonnes of plastic a year from A-B InBev's supply chain.

The brewer first announced in the plan in September last year as it upgraded packaging technology at its UK production sites. Three canning lines were upgraded to produce alternatives to plastic, including Keel Clips, which use recyclable paperboard to create a lighter pack. A-B InBev trialled cardboard toppers for the Corona brand in January last year.

A number of global brewers are getting rid of the plastic rings used to hold together multipacks of cans. Heineken is also using cardboard toppers, while Carlsberg has invented a glueing technique called a snap pack.

A-B InBev is looking at other ways to reach 2025 sustainability targets. This month, it announced it will trial beer cans made from low-carbon aluminium.

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