In view of the discussion paper on alcohol labelling tabled for this week’s 45th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling

13/05/2019 ¦ Press releases

The Worldwide Brewing Alliance, uniting brewers representing over 80% of global beer production, believes that consumers should be empowered with the key information that can enable them to make well-informed choices about the foods and drinks that they consume.

Brewers are rightly proud of the products they brew and the appreciation consumers have for their beers. This is why beer should be consumed moderately and responsibly, only by adults and as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

For alcoholic beverages, key product facts to support consumer choices include the alcohol by volume (% abv) and the relevant nutritional values, with many beers already communicating energy information, including on product labels, in a clear manner that allows for meaningful comparison amongst all drinks.

Whilst the product label is not the exclusive vehicle to empower consumers to make informed decisions, brewers support the role labelling can play in communicating factual, balanced and accurate information about the product itself.

Brewers across the world stand ready to work with their respective governments to provide industry expertise and develop appropriate standards for each country that ensure consumers can make informed and responsible decisions in relation to beer consumption.

Simon Spillane appointed Chair of the Worldwide Brewing Alliance

11/01/2016 ¦ Press releases

The Worldwide Brewing Alliance (WBA) is pleased to announce that Simon Spillane has been appointed as its new Chair.

Mr Spillane holds the position of Public Affairs Director at The Brewers of Europe, the trade association set up in 1958 to promote and defend the interests of beer and the 6500 plus breweries now operating in Europe. “I am excited to be taking up the role of Chair of the Worldwide Brewing Alliance. With high standards set by my predecessors I look forward to ushering in the next phase of the WBA and to working with my trade association and brewer colleagues from around the world to deliver even greater impact, exchanging best practices on the issues critical to brewers across the globe,” said Mr. Spillane.

He replaces Ms. Denita Wawn, outgoing CEO of the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand and chair of the WBA since 2014.

The WBA is grateful to Ms. Wawn for her distinguished service to the WBA over the last four years, in particular during her time as Chair of the Alliance, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.

Additionally, longtime WBA Secretariat Janet Witheridge has retired.  The WBA thanks Janet for her tremendous service to the WBA and to the British Beer and Pub Association prior to that.  Janet is succeeded in the Secretariat position by Liz Tobin, formally of the Beer Institute.

Note to editor on the WBA:

The WBA was established in 2003 with the objective of disseminating and exchanging good practices and information on responsible consumption, environmental sustainability, product integrity and the impact of beer on society. It is comprised of ten brewing trade associations from around the world, representing eighty-eight percent of global beer production.


Note to editor on the WBA:

The WBA was established in 2003 with the objective of disseminating and exchanging good practices and information on responsible consumption, environmental sustainability, product integrity and the impact of beer on society. It is comprised of ten brewing trade associations from around the world, representing eighty-eight percent of global beer production.

The Brewing Industry’s Global Economic Impact June 2014

09/09/2014 ¦ Positions

Summary Points

  • The brewing industry contributes $500 billion to the world economy and over 13 million people worldwide earn a living from beer.
  • Every job in brewing generates a further 17 jobs in the wider economy.
  • Each direct job in brewing generates USD 660,000 in output around the world.
  • Each hectoliter of beer produced generates approximately USD $100 of tax revenue (or $1 of tax or every litre).
  • With USD $500 billion in estimated output and USD $196 billion in tax contributions, the world brewing industry generates taxes at a rate of 39% of output value.

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WTO Global Review of Aid for Trade: 8th to 10th July 2013, Geneva

09/07/2013 ¦ Press releases

In his welcoming remarks at a beer reception at the end of the first day of the World Trade Organisation Global Review of its Aid for Trade programme in Geneva, WBA Chair, Andy Tighe, highlighted the strong links beer has to local supply chains and the jobs generated from the production and sale of beer. From securing jobs for local farmers of quality barley, sorghum, cassava and rice through to investment and support for cafes, taverns and pubs serving local communities – 14 million jobs worldwide are generated worldwide of which hundreds and thousands are in Africa. He also reminded people that beer is the third most popular drink in the world after water and tea, and is still brewed with the care and a sense of the tradition and heritage in honour of those who first discovered it many centuries ago.

Aid for Trade is focused on helping developing countries (especially least developed countries) to build trade capacity and infrastructure. Due to their significant investment in value chains in Africa particularly, Two major brewers, SABMiller and Heineken were invited to participate in panel discussions to highlight these investments and an informal beer reception was co-hosted by the Worldwide Brewing Alliance and the four global brewers at the end of day one of  the three day conference entitled “Connecting to Value Chains”.

The reception was attended by several hundred delegates including Pascal Lamy, the Director-General of the WTO and senior representatives from Geneva missions, OECD, NGO groups and the UN.


New Global Responsibility Website

01/08/2012 ¦ Press releases

This new website launched by the Worldwide Brewing Alliance (WBA) shows how the global brewing industry is working to help reduce the harmful use of alcohol.  The website demonstrates a shared dedication to promoting responsible drinking of beer across the world. 

The site provides detailed information about hundreds of brewer-supported responsibility initiatives, building upon similar printed compilations produced in 2007 and 2003.  The 2012 digital version allows users to search by several criteria and create customized reports based on their queries.

“Brewers all over the world are always working to improve their local communities by supporting and sponsoring specific programs to reduce excessive and illegal alcohol consumption. Most beer is enjoyed responsibly, and brewers are working to eliminate those instances when it is not,” said Liz Tobin, Chair if the WBA.  “For centuries, brewers have been partners in local communities. We have a strong record of responsibility. That includes adapting new tools, like the website launched today, to engage and inform on our efforts.”

The new website is available here.

Global Brewing Industry Highlights Commitment to Sustainability: Release of a new report on efforts to protect and preserve the environment

27/01/2012 ¦ Press releases

A new report by the Worldwide Brewing Alliance (WBA) shows the global brewing industry is deeply engaged in sustainability efforts worldwide.  Members of the brewing industry share a dedication to protecting the environment by implementing “green” practices throughout their businesses such as emissions reduction, packaging efficiency and water and energy conservation.

“Brewers all over the world are always working to improve the efficiency of their operations in order to conserve precious resources such as water and energy,” said WBA Chair, Liz Tobin.  “Brewers have a proud history of sustainability efforts, and we hope this report will educate the brewing industry and other sectors alike.”

The report is an overview of the sustainability initiatives undertaken by the global brewing industry.  While it does not attempt to include every environmental effort in which brewers are engaged, it does contain more than 100 specific examples from nearly 30 countries.   The report also details ways that different companies and coalitions within the global beer industry benchmark their efforts toward sustainability like measuring greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.  The report offers a way for industry members to learn about other best practices employed by companies around the world to achieve improved sustainability.

The Report on Environment and Utilities Sustainability was compiled by the Worldwide Brewing Alliance.  The complete report is available on the publications page