USA: Anheuser-Busch is largest end user of rice in the country

USA: Anheuser-Busch is largest end user of rice in the country

Anheuser-Busch is the largest end user of rice in the country. The U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest brewer AB InBev, sources all of its rice from American farmers, totaling more than USD 120 million of rice and nearly 20 million bushels (about 400,000 mt) last year alone. According to Anheuser Busch, “Rice helps provide the clean, crisp taste that has been a Budweiser trademark since its creation in 1876 and remains a prized ingredient in Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, among others.”

Anheuser-Busch owns 13 agricultural facilities across the country, including a rice facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas that mills more than 2.6 million pounds (1.180 mt) of rice per day. Over the last decade, the brewer has spent more than USd 5.5 billion purchasing rice, corn, barley and hops from American farmers.

“American farmers are the backbone of our industry, and we’re committed to helping them continue to develop their efficient practices and technologies,” said Kim Rogowski, Anheuser-Busch's Director of Agronomy. “Rice plays a critical role in the high quality and great taste of some of our most popular beers, and we’re proud to stand with USA Rice to help the industry thrive.”

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