Many beverage producers spotlight their environmental and social sustainability efforts, but these five brands are truly committed—and buyers should take notice
Climate Action & Sustainability in the Drinks Industry
There’s arguably no issue more urgent to the future of our world—and the drinks industry—than climate change. As agricultural products, wine, spirits, and beer are particularly susceptible to our planet’s changing climate—and producers have responded by taking decisive action.
In SevenFifty Daily’s Sustainability Hub, we profile the people, movements, and companies spearheading climate action. From widespread organic farming practices and reimagined zero-emissions production facilities, to packaging and transportation innovations aimed at lowering the industry’s carbon footprint, we’ll be reporting on the inspiring initiatives driving change at local and global scale.
Discarded grape pomace, free-run press juice, and dropped fruit can all become key ingredients in other revenue-driving products, from cosmetics to vermouth
Environmental, social, and governance metrics will soon be the global standard to which the wine industry will need to comply
Secondary packaging signifies a bottle’s collectable status in the premium whiskey market, but, now that sustainability is top of mind, consumers are shifting their priorities
EcoSpirits set out to tackle the enormous waste and carbon emissions produced by single-use glass bottles in the beverage industry with a technology and design solution based on reuse
Lightweight glass, recycling, and alternative packaging provide steps towards a greener future, but the ultimate solution lies in reuse
As the wine industry reckons with the climate impact of its global transportation network, options multiply for decarbonizing freight and shipping
Some vineyard managers are turning to this affordable, natural farming method to combat a growing suite of climate change-related problems, such as drought and soil health
Using gene-editing technologies like CRISPR, researchers are fighting back against one of the wine industry’s biggest problems—powdery mildew disease
As a means of fighting climate change and preserving history, producers across Europe are reviving grape varieties that have never been cultivated for modern, commercial wine production
A draft EU proposal would prohibit the use of pesticides in nature reserves—but for winemakers in the challenging region of the Wachau, is there an alternative?
As climate change continues to alter viticulture, some farmers are harnessing the power of an ancient fungus to strengthen their vines
Our associate editor reports on five bottles—four wines and one sake—that illustrate many of the broader trends shaping the global beverage industry today
Without the success of the White Oak Initiative—a coalition of distilleries, cooperages, and foresters—there will be too few trees for their current widespread use
Supply chain disruptions and calls for more sustainable options have put this seasonal staple in the spotlight—yet demand for value-added packaging remains high
Growers are using trees, hedgerows, and habitats to mitigate climate change, helping not just the environment, but also the health of their vines
The proliferation of closure options in recent years has complicated the choice for winemakers—especially when it comes to sustainability
How the wine world and its suppliers are dealing with the problematic carbon emissions of its favored packaging
Grain de Sail, the first commercial exporter of wine by sail freight, shows that sail ship transport isn’t always a green gimmick, but can offer a viable—and scalable—alternative to conventional cargo
The spirits industry has long struggled to lower its carbon footprint—but that’s changing as producers adopt new approaches to curb emissions
The 2021 vintage underscored the many challenges that southern French producers are facing amidst climatic extremes and rising temperatures. How will it impact their rosés?
Perfect presentation is more than great garnishes, and with the right tools it can be sustainable and cost-effective, too
From employing regenerative farming to going carbon-neutral—or even carbon-negative—producers large and small are pushing themselves to innovate for the future of the planet
Younger generations increasingly look to brands’ sustainability credentials when purchasing. What does this mean for both large and small spirits companies going forward?
From repurposing wastewater for fisheries to implementing closed-loop recycling systems, water-guzzling U.S. distilleries are getting creative to conserve water
From small producers to large cooperatives, a paradigm shift in farming practices is taking root in this conservative corner of northern Italy
The science behind horses’ impact on soil and vineyard health—and why some growers around the world are bringing back this traditional, yet difficult, way of farming
Throughout its vineyards, cellar, and business model, this leading New Zealand winery is taking a holistic approach to sustainability and leading by example
A new generation of products aims to shrink the carbon footprint of wine, spirits, and beer for a more sustainable future
Better materials, vineyard longevity, higher quality, and increasing consumer demand are creating a healthier bottom line for organically farmed wines
Inspired by late Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, this fully hands-off method of viticulture is attracting a few intrepid global producers
Domaine Dujac’s Diana Seysses explains how producers can become key players in the future of green fuel by working together to trap CO2 during vinification
A new certification program aims to define this carbon-capturing farming practice, which some believe could transform vineyards and combat climate change