Brewer Alken-Maes, part of the Heineken group, will invest €41 million in its Albert malting plant in Puurs-Sint-Amands (Antwerp province) to reduce the site’s CO2 emissions, it announced on Friday.
The brewer’s fourth malting plant in Puurs-Sint-Amands is the largest of its kind. This is an investment, it says, which will allow it to become “climate neutral by 2027.”
In particular, the brewer is acquiring a new dryer, the size of which will be unrivalled in the brewing sector and whose capacity will be increased from 250,000 to 375,000 tonnes – enough to enable the production of around 10 billion beers, Alken-Maes explained.
It is in the malting plant that the malting barley is transformed into malt by germinating the cereal.