At MillerCoors, we know great beer depends on great relationships with the people that supply our ingredients and other goods and services. We work with independent growers and other suppliers to reduce our impact on the environment, support diverse communities and control the costs to produce great beer.
Our top 150 MillerCoors suppliers by spend represented nearly 79 percent of our overall procurement activity in 2013. We annually evaluate our top 150 suppliers for compliance with our responsible sourcing principles, as detailed in our
. In addition, we monitor their spending with small and diverse suppliers, and look for opportunities to partner with them on environmental projects and programs.
"We have always been interested in doing the best thing for the environment and our community here on the Hillside Ranch in Bellevue, Idaho. And it has not always been easy to do the right thing, but it has been worth it. Working with MillerCoors for the last three years on the Showcase Barley Farm has had its share of great experiences. We’re learning what we need to do better in our farming practices to enable future generations to benefit from the same resources we presently have. We are very aware that we will pass things like soil and water—and whatever conditions and supply we leave them in—on to our children. Knowing that water is becoming a scarce commodity in different areas, we have made great changes in our watering practices by saving over 150 million gallons of precious water every year. Again, it’s not easy to tackle tough environmental issues and balance those with the demands of farming and high-quality barley, but it is well worth it for all."