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1st June 2015

SABMiller sponsors two Barry Axcell Fellows at the University of Nottingham

Miller-Brands-UKSABMiller and the University of Nottingham have appointed Dr Guillermina Mendiondo and Dr David Jenkins as the new Barry Axcell Fellows in Brewing Science, based at the University of Nottingham.

The Barry Axcell Fellowships in Brewing Science support leading scientists to develop innovative research in key areas of brewing. They were established in recognition of the outstanding achievements of SABMiller’s former Group Chief Brewer, Professor Barry Axcell and underline the company’s commitment to research, innovation and talent development in brewing.

Tony van Kralingen, SABMiller Director of Supply Chain and Human Resources said: “Barry Axcell instilled a culture of brewing excellence at SABMiller and his passion and professionalism serves as a model for all brewers. We are proud to be able to support these talented brewing scientists who will continue to push the boundaries of brewing innovation.”

Dr Mendiondo’s research focuses on understanding the biochemistry of how barley senses environmental change and how to breed varieties that can adapt to these changes.

Dr Jenkins’s area of research as a Barry Axcell Fellow is investigations into the flavour stability of beer. He will work on the key flavour changes that occur during the brewing process.

The three year Fellowships were designed for talented scientists who hold relevant PhD in the science of brewing and have demonstrated a strong track record in research. The tenures are co-funded by SABMiller and the University of Nottingham to a total value of nearly £400,000.






Notes to editors

About Barry Axcell Fellowships


  • The Barry Axcell Fellows develop innovative research programmes in key areas of brewing science.
  • The three year Fellowships were given to applicants with PhDs and a track record in research.
  • The tenures are co-funded by SABMiller and the University of Nottingham to a total value of nearly £400,000.
  • Each Fellow is located in the Bioenergy and Brewing Science Building at the University of Nottingham but will also be provided with access to state-of-the-art facilities within SABMiller.
  • Mentoring for the Fellows is provided by Professor Axcell and Professor Katherine Smart who succeeded him as SABMiller Group Chief Brewer in 2012.


Dr David Jenkins

  • Dr David Jenkins completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2010, studying the impact of dehydration and rehydration of brewing yeast (Active Dried Yeast).
  • Dr Jenkins held the post of Research Associate at the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham for 2.5 years, focusing his research work on characterisation of yeast and process optimisation.
  • He then moved to the SABMiller Research Brewery as a Brewing Scientist, where he also completed his IBD Diploma of Brewing.


Dr Guillermina Mendiondo

  • Dr Mendiondo completed her PhD in the University of Buenos Aires-Argentina in 2009, studying the physiological and molecular mechanisms by which the incubation temperature regulates the expression and the termination of seed dormancy in two cereal species (sorghum and barley).
  • She was a Research Fellow working in the laboratory of Prof. Holdsworth in the Department of Plant and Crops Science at the University of Nottingham from April 2010 to 2013 and since then as a Senior Research Fellow in the same laboratory.


SABMiller plc

SABMiller plc is in the beer and soft drinks business. We are the world’s second largest brewing company and are one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola drinks. We also produce a portfolio of wholly-owned soft drinks brands.

We are a FTSE-20 company, with shares trading on the London Stock Exchange, and we have a secondary listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange. We operate in more than 80 countries with around 70,000 employees.

Our brand portfolio includes leading local brands such as Aguila (Colombia), Castle (South Africa), Miller Lite (USA), Snow (China), Victoria Bitter (Australia) and Tyskie (Poland) as well as global brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch. Every minute of every day, more than 140,000 bottles of SABMiller beer are sold.

In the year ended 31 March 2015, we sold 324 million hectolitres of lager, soft drinks and other alcoholic beverages, generating group net producer revenue of US$26,288 million and EBITA of US$6,367 million.

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