Ingredient lists and brewing techniques are no longer the only factors affecting brand decisions in the beer industry. For ethically-minded drinkers, issues such as staff welfare and sustainability are becoming just as important. So, how are brands evolving to be more equitable and inclusive?
Bryan Simpson is an industrial organiser at Unite Hospitality, a UK trade union challenging low pay and harassment in the hospitality industry.
Lily Waite is the founder of Queer Brewing, a queer-owned brewery in London helping to further social change.
Environmental concerns are increasingly influencing people’s purchasing habits across sectors, as evidenced by the growing demand for plant-based ‘meat’ and electric vehicles. But how might these eco-conscious consumers reshape the beer industry? And what can brewers do to be more sustainable?
Prompted by the rapid growth of green investment, CSR has moved out of the fringes and into the C-suite. The demand for transparency from both customers and stakeholders is squeezing businesses to improve ESG metrics and the finance industry to upskill its knowledge.
With social media giving everyone a voice and helping to raise awareness of corporate missteps, people are more critical of brands than ever. But ‘call-out culture’ doesn’t have to be a source of concern – it can be an opportunity to create authentic identities both reactively and proactively.
Cutting down on alcohol has been on the up for a while, but what about drinkers watching their weight? As pressure mounts on the beverage industry to rein in its appetite for sugary drinks, brands are launching low-cal tipples to help align with drinkers’ health-consciousness.