Sourcing Sustainably

Sourcing Sustainably

A sustainable agricultural industry is vital to the success of our business and we are a big supporter of British farming. All the barley we use to brew our UK beers comes from UK farms. We also use around 30% of all the apples produced in the UK to make our ciders. 

Cider apples

Cider apples

We source all our cider apples from around 180 farmers and 10,000 acres of orchards, mainly in Herefordshire.

To help promote more sustainable apple production we encourage all our apple farmers to become members of the HEINEKEN Sustainable Cider Apple Scheme. In 2015 we sourced 73% of cider apples from sustainable farms, exceeding our target of 60%.

Barley

Barley

We use around 115,000 tonnes of British malted barley a year – so this golden grain is essential to our business!

All the barley used in our UK brewed beer is grown in the UK – and in 2015 we sourced 100% from sustainable sources that were certified to the food and farm assurance standard, Red Tractor.

We’re also partnering with other food and drinks companies (including Coca-Cola and KP Snacks) research institutions, suppliers and around 150 farmers on an initiative - Profiting from Sustainability (PFS) - to make UK agriculture more sustainable and profitable at scale. PFS is trialling sustainable approaches to growing barely, sugar beet, wheat and potatoes that mean more crops with less pesticides and lower carbon emissions.

High supplier standards

High supplier standards

We make sure all our UK suppliers meet our high standards by requiring them to sign our global Supplier Code before we will work with them. This confirms they meet our standards on issues such as: health and safety, working conditions, business ethics, environmental management and performance and guidance regarding sub-contracting.

See our 2015 Sustainability Report for more.