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Posted: 24 November 2011
On Tuesday I and a number of brewing colleagues from around the country met up with farmers, hop growers, maltsters and members of the NFU as well as members of parliament at the launch of the Grain to Glass report.
This is a joint industry initiative to raise awareness of the importance of the brewing industry to the rural economy and to call for government support going forwards.
Some of the facts that I picked up included:
These figures show how important the brewing industry is to the national economy.
At Shepherd Neame we are firmly committed to this initiative, we use 100% British malt and 98% of our ale hops are grown in Kent, we even have Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status for our Kentish Ales guaranteeing the use of first class local ingredients.
Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer