Friday, March 27th, 2015
Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), a subsidiary of SABMiller, and the University of Adelaide today announced a joint research initiative to investigate the impact of barley quality on key attributes of the brewing process and beer quality.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus will use state-of-the art technologies to improve the understanding of the barley grain. They will explore the impact that different climates and agricultural practices have on barley grain development in the field, and how this affects both the malting and brewing processes of beer.

This understanding will allow brewers to ensure that malting and brewing processes are able to be adapted to get the best out of the grain.

“This is an opportunity to re-examine the composition of malting barley and optimise it specifically for modern brewing,” said Professor Jason Eglinton, University of Adelaide Barley Breeding Program Leader.

“We are always developing new commercial barley varieties with improved malting and brewing quality traits. National field trials and quality testing will be used to examine environmental effects on parameters associated with processing and quality to be determined.”

Professor Katherine Smart, Group Chief Brewer of SABMiller, said that the brewer carefully selects barley and adapts its malting process to ensure that our recipes and brewing processes will always deliver the finest beers.

“This collaboration will enable us to understand more about this key cereal crop and the impact of growing conditions on its characteristics,” she said.

The Waite campus-based Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Excellence in Plant Cell Walls will look at biochemistry and genetics to provide new insight into the composition of barley and malt.

“We are excited to be able to utilise our research capability within the Centre of Excellence in the areas of malting and brewing with SABMiller,” said Associate Professor Rachel Burton, Centre of Excellence Program Leader.

The research will have a commercial focus with samples, process data and technical input from CUB and the SABMiller group.

About the University of Adelaide:

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading research intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third oldest university with a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence, and producing graduates that make an impact on the world. The Waite Research Precinct is an internationally recognised centre for plant science research with a leading track record in crop improvement.

About SABMiller/CUB:

CUB is one of Australia’s best loved brewing companies with iconic brands such as Victoria Bitter, Carlton Draught, Crown and Pure Blonde. As part of the SABMiller group, CUB also brews internationally renowned beers including Peroni, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell. With breweries in Abbotsford, Yatala (south of Queensland) and the historic Cascade Brewery in Hobart, CUB prides itself on producing high quality beverages for Australians.

SABMiller is in the beer and soft drinks business, bringing refreshment and sociability to millions of people all over the world. Through our local businesses we work in a way that improves livelihoods and builds communities.

We are passionate about brewing and have a long tradition of craftsmanship in making superb beer from high quality natural ingredients. We are local beer experts, producing more than 200 beers that are freshly brewed from locally-grown ingredients and only sold in their country of origin. We also brew internationally famous beers such as Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch. We produce our own soft drinks as well as beer and are one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola drinks.

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Howard
CUB Corporate Affairs
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Robyn Mills
Media Officer
The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 6341
Mobile: +61 410 689 084
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