What Does the Future Hold for Sustainability in the Beverage Sector?

Four environmental leaders from leading beverage companies share their thoughts on rising sustainability opportunities and challenges within the industry.
May 22, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Increasing optimism and opportunity with a splash of insularity. Fast-paced innovation and growing accountability with a twist of stakeholder pressure. Big gains shaken and stirred with mounting challenges.

According to sustainability leaders at some of the world’s leading beverage companies and industry associations, these sentiments paint a vivid picture of the beverage industry’s environmental sustainability landscape.

These leaders are proud of the incredible progress that’s been made—but they’re well aware that more needs to be done to protect natural resources, societies, businesses, and ecosystems in the face of climate change. These leaders are members of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER), a coalition of global beverage companies and organizations working together to advance environmental sustainability across the industry and beyond.

Recently, four BIER members shared their thoughts on the greatest sustainability opportunities and challenges shaping the future of the industry, as well as their insights on what organizations across the industry spectrum can do to build a stronger sustainability foundation.

Those members include: Al Halvorsen, Sr. Director of Environmental Sustainability at PepsiCo, Andre Fourie, Global Water Director at AB InBev, Nick Martin, Executive Director at BIER, and Kate Krebs, Senior Environmental Policy Advisor at American Beverage Association of the American Beverage Association (ABA). Read what they had to say in the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable's (BIER) blog post to learn about the insights they shared about this important topic.

About BIER

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Jackson Family Wines, Keurig Dr Pepper, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and PepsiCo. For more information, visit www.bieroundtable.com.