For the fourth year, we asked you to help us honor the best recent examples of green/sustainable plants. Back in June, we whittled a dozen or so nominations to three: Campbell Soup Co.'s Napoleon, Ohio, plant; Frito-Lay in Beloit, Wis.; and Anheuser-Busch's Fairfield, Calif., brewery. All are shining examples of sustainable manufacturing.
We asked all three companies for 200-word essays to help familiarize you with their efforts. Then we put all three essays and a poll on our web site during July, and 3,043 of you picked the winner: Anheuser-Busch/Fairfield.
Anheuser-Busch, Fairfield, Calif.: Giving Back to Mother Nature
ther Nature's assets, such as barley malt and a blend of premium hops, Anheuser-Busch InBev has become
a world leader in the beverage industry. Now the company is trying to repay the favor.
The company's Fairfield, Calif., brewery is the leader in renewable energy technology for AB InBev breweries around t
he world. The plant is using green energy provided by an on-site solar array and wind turbine to provide an average 15 percent of its energy needs. In addition, an anaerobic digester system generates bio
gas from pre-treatment of brewery wastewater. This biogas supplies 15 percent of the brewery's natural gas fuel requirements.