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25th October 2023

St Austell Brewery pubs awarded BII Sustainability Champion status

St Austell Brewery’s pubs have been awarded BII Sustainability Champion status. The award makes the company one of the first to have to have its whole managed estate, comprising of 43 pubs across the South West, recognised for commitment to sustainability. St Austell Brewery’s head office also received the company edition of the award.

The BII Sustainability Champion Award is awarded to those in the hospitality sector who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to running a sustainable business.

Elle Sambrook, St Austell’s head of sustainability, said: “We’re really proud to have been recognised for our commitment to the environment.

“Our teams have fully embraced our need to be as sustainable as possible, whilst navigating some really challenging times recently with the energy and cost of living crises.

“We will continue to invest in resilient and regenerative practices that generate positive impacts, in both our physical environment and communities.”

St Austell has a heavy focus on cutting food waste across the entire business, with a goal of reducing this by 20% by 2025.

Just one of the ways it’s focusing on sustainability is through its ground-breaking partnership with Olio, a food sharing app. Together they redistribute any surplus pub meals to the community rather than going to compost, helping to tackle food insecurity while also reducing St Austell’s wastage. It is the first pub company to partner with Olio.

The company recognises the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for energy and is proud to hold zero waste to landfill status across its managed pub estate. St Austell has long been an advocate for zero use of single-use plastics.

It has also invested in 26 electric vehicle charging points, at its head offices and select pubs, with a view to rolling out across its full pub estate by 2028 and expanding the South West’s charging network.

St Austell Brewery is an official partner of the Marine Conservation Society and regularly hosts litter picks nearby its pubs, for internal teams and local communities. During the most recent beach clean, at the Great Western Beach in Newquay, over 2,000 pieces of plastic and polystyrene were collected.

St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust has donated over £1 million to South West charities and good causes in its local communities, since it was established in 2003.


For more information contact:

Charlotte Turner, Press Officer / 07977 564900

About St Austell Brewery:

Independent, family-owned St Austell Brewery was established in Cornwall in 1851. Fast forward 172 years, and the company’s range of award-winning beers – including Tribute pale ale, Proper Job IPA and korev lager – are available in pubs and supermarkets nationwide.

The business owns over 180 pubs, inns, and hotels across the West Country – including managed houses and tenancies. It also operates two breweries, in St Austell and Bath, having acquired fellow West Country brewer, Bath Ales in 2016.

With a network of six depots across the West Country – from St Columb to Wimborne – the company is the leading wholesale drinks distributor in the region.

For more information contact:

Charlotte Turner, Press Officer / 07977 564900

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