Research on new beer ingredient costs K1m

Business

By MARK HAUHUIE
MORE than K1 million has been invested on the research and development of cassava as a substitute component for alcohol production by the South Pacific Brewery.
SP Brewery corporate affairs manager John Nilkare told The National that this was aligned with parent company Heineken’s long-term plan to localise resources for alcohol production in the countries it operated in.
Nilkare said the cassava project began in 2014. He gave an overview of the brewery’s plans on the substitution in its brew.
“Globally, the Heineken business has a local sourcing initiative in place. Come 2020, our brewery should have a local sourcing option or programme in place. What this means is sourcing locally grown ingredients to use in our products in substitution of malted barley,” Nilkare said.
“In 2014, we went through the process of identifying which locally grown product would suit our brews with researchers from the Delphi University in Amsterdam coming over here and doing their research and they found that the most suitable local produce for this initiate would be cassava.
“We have spent just over a million kina over the last two years since in research and development for the cassava project and its progressive substitution in our brew. We expect to brew our first cassava beer by the second quarter of 2018.”

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