Swinkels Family Brewers named 'Sustainable brewery of the year'

Swinkels Family Brewers has won the title 'Sustainable Brewery of the Year' at the Icons of Beer 2023. In the World Beer Awards competition, an international organization that annually recognizes the best beers, breweries are praised for their impact on the beer industry. The jury evaluates breweries on their innovation and commitment to sustainability.

09-07-2023

Swinkels Family Brewers has won the title 'Sustainable Brewery of the Year' at the Icons of Beer 2023. In the World Beer Awards competition, an international organization that annually recognizes the best beers, breweries are praised for their impact on the beer industry. The jury evaluates breweries on their innovation and commitment to sustainability.

Peer Swinkels, CEO of Swinkels Family Brewers, said, "This award is a recognition of our efforts over the past decades in the field of sustainability and circularity. Throughout the company, you can feel the intrinsic motivation to make better choices and pass on an even more beautiful family business to the next generation. This is reflected in a strong social commitment on the one hand, but also in the ambition to operate fully circular. This ambition keeps us focused on developing new initiatives that contribute to this circular goal. I am delighted and proud that the jury has recognized and appreciated this."

Marthijn Junggeburth, sustainability manager at Swinkels Family Brewers, added, "At Swinkels Family Brewers, we focus on making our entire chain more sustainable. We choose to purchase sustainable (raw) materials. For example, our packaging is becoming lighter and consists of sustainable or recycled materials. We are also making progress in our production process: all the electricity we purchase is green, and the use of heat pumps and e-boilers means we are relying less on fossil fuels. In recent years, we have already reduced our CO2 emissions by 37% as a result. Additionally, our malting plant in Eemshaven is currently being converted into the world's first emission-free malting plant, a project we are very proud of."

"We also make a difference locally: every year, in the 'Boer Bier Water' project, we return 800,000 cubic meters of purified wastewater to the farmers in the vicinity of our Lieshout brewery. Furthermore, at almost all our brewery locations, we employ individuals with disabilities. We believe in taking good care of the world around us, and I am proud of the recognition we receive for this."