Global brewing company Anheuser-Busch recently announced that it will invest $100 million into a new innovative grain repurposing facility on its St. Louis brewery campus. EverGrain, an Anheuser-Busch backed company that turns the remnants of barley from brewing into protein and fiber supplements, will build its first full-scale production plant in Stockhouse 10 on the brewer’s Soulard campus.
“This announcement is a key milestone in EverGrain’s journey to realize the full potential of barley,” said Gregory Belt, EverGrain CEO and former Anheuser-Busch Sustainability Chief. “As we grow our operations in St. Louis, we will be able to deliver new options to consumers who seek a healthier and more sustainable future.”
Officials said EverGrain uses grain from the brewing process and transforms barley into ingredients that can be used in a variety of food and beverage products. The new facility will be EverGrain’s first full-scale production facility and is expected to create 50 new jobs.
“We are proud to welcome EverGrain to St. Louis. They are a great example of an innovative, sustainable business that creates local jobs and strengthens our community,” said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. “We are grateful to have such a strong community partner in Anheuser-Busch and look forward to seeing the positive economic impact of this investment across the region.”
The move is part of the brewer’s plan to invest $1 billion over the next two years at its U.S. facilities in 26 states to drive recovery and restart the economy in the wake of COVID-19. As part of the investment, Anheuser-Busch announced plans to begin U.S. production of Belgian lager Stella Artois in St. Louis in January.
“This investment in our hometown of St. Louis brings together two critical priorities for Anheuser-Busch: playing a leading role in the country’s economic recovery and leveraging our world class innovation capabilities to create a more sustainable future,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “From finding more sustainable ways to produce and deliver our brands, to adapting our portfolio to meet changing tastes, we are always challenging ourselves to dream bigger and find innovative solutions to bring high-quality products to our consumers.”
Home to 90+ breweries, in addition to 130+ wineries and 20+ distilleries, Missouri’s alcohol industry has entered a new golden age. Most people know about Missouri-based Anheuser-Busch, but Missouri is also becoming known for its craft beer production. Companies like Boulevard Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut, and Mother’s Brewing Company are producing hundreds of thousands of barrels of craft beer in Missouri each year.