Labatt Breweries of Canada has been shaped by more than 160 years of brewing excellence. Throughout the company’s history, Labatt has never lost sight of the fact that it is in business to exceed the expectations of its customers. From
British Columbia, 3,000 employees come to work every day dedicated to exactly this objective.
In 1847, the company’s first brewery produced close to one thousand bottles of beer a year. Today, Labatt is a proud member of AB InBev and makes about 60 local and world-renowned beers available to customers across
Canada. Much has changed at Labatt since its founding, but one thing remains the same — our commitment to brewing great beer.
In 1995, Labatt was acquired by Interbrew, the Belgium-based global brewing company with origins dating back to
Belgium’s Den Hoorn brewery in 1366. In 2004, Interbrew, the world’s third largest brewer combined with Brazilian-based AmBev, the world’s fifth largest brewer, to create InBev.
In November 2008, InBev acquired the
U.S. based Anheuser-Busch, one of the world’s iconic brewing companies. The merged company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is the global leader in beer and one of the world’s top five consumer products companies.
MO is headquarters for both the company’s North American operations and for Anheuser-Busch.
Belgium remains world headquarters.
Anheuser-Busch InBev is the dominant force in global brewing. It had (pro-forma) revenues of US $ 38.55 billion in 2007 and produced more than 421 million hectoliters of beer annually. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser-Busch InBev has 120,000 employees in more than 30 countries around the globe and operates 153 breweries.
Labatt and other Anheuser-Busch InBev operations around the globe share the vision of becoming the best, most profitable beer company in a better world. Our promise is to create enduring bonds with consumers so that they enjoy our brands time and again. AB InBev’s Dream, People and Culture are the driving forces behind everything we do, wherever we operate
Ten principles form the essence of our culture:
1. Our shared dream energizes everyone to work in the same direction: to be the best beer company in a better world.
2. Great people, allowed to grow at the pace of their talent and compensated accordingly, are the most valuable assets of our company.
3. We must select people who, with the right development, challenges and encouragement, can be better than ourselves. We will be judged by the quality of our teams.
4. We are never completely satisfied with our results, which are the fuel of our company. Focus and zero-complacency guarantee lasting competitive advantage.
5. The consumer is the Boss. We connect with our consumers through meaningful brand experiences, balancing heritage and innovation, and always in a responsible way.
6. We are a company of owners. Owners take results personally.
7. We believe common sense and simplicity are usually better guidelines than unnecessary sophistication and complexity.
8. We manage our costs tightly, to free up resources that will support top-line growth.
9. Leadership by personal example is the best guide to our culture. We do what we say.
10. We don’t take shortcuts. Integrity, hard work, quality and consistency are keys to building our company.
These principles make up a powerful, common culture that is further underpinned by six competencies shared by our people around the globe. Our competencies define who we are, both in our beliefs and in our actions. They involve thinking big and delivering on challenging targets, developing the best people and teams; having impact & influence; thinking and acting as owners; executing with discipline;and always leading by personal example.
At Labatt and at AB InBev, our commitment to our culture is paramount. It is the means by which every one of us can take ownership of our dream, aligned behind the vision of making our company the best in the industry. We believe each individual has the power to make things happen. Our people choose to exercise that power.
Better World Awards
At Labatt, we believe that awareness, action and accountability ensure our ability to reduce our impact on the environment.
Better World Awards 2009:
London Chamber of Commerce Corporate Icon Award
In December, 2008 Labatt Breweries was named the 2009 Corporate Icon of the Year by The London Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The Corporate Icon Award is given to a company that represents business excellence in the community that has helped to build quality through corporate initiatives and continued investment in
London. Labatt was officially honoured at the 2009 Business Achievement Awards held at the London Convention Centre on March 25, 2009.
This Corporate Icon Award, which has been characterized as a “lifetime achievement award” for corporations takes into account the following criteria:
· Contributions to the improved image or reputation of the community as a whole;
· A minimum ten-year physical presence in the community;
· Helped to build the quality of life in the community through the quality initiatives, and;
· Demonstrated a commitment to
London through investment and re-investment into the community.
Here are excerpts from an article in “Advocate,” the Chamber’s newsletter section in Business London magazine:
The City of
London and Labatt Breweries of Canada have a shared history that is among the longest in
Canada between a municipality and a corporation. Over the years,
London’s reputation has spread and grown along with Labatt as the company became a global brewing leader and was recognized as one of
Canada’s most successful businesses.
The London Brewery has leading-edge technology, employs about 300 people and contributes to community employment through sub-contracting and local procurement. Labatt has been committed to environmental stewardship and innovation in
London and elsewhere for years. The London Brewery supports multiple charities and events such as the annual Thames River Cleanup.
LaSalle, Québec Brewery
Environmental Awards and Recognition
Labatt’s brewery in
Quebec has been recognized by three environmental awards in 2009.
Phénix de l'environnement Environmental Awards
The Phénix de l’environnement are Québec's most prestigious environmental awards. The brewery was a candidate in the “Business Accomplishment” category for the overall work it accomplished in both energy and water consumption and for the management of its residual materials. The awards were heldon June 10, 2009 at the Quebec Parliament. The LaSalle brewery was selected as Finalist and invited to the National Assembly to partake in the awards ceremony.
Recyc Québec's program "Ici on Recycle"
The program "Ici on Recyle" ("Here we recycle") is managed by Recyc Québec, a governmental agency that reports in to the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Sustainable Development. The program "Ici on Recycle" honors companies who recycle, reuse and reduce materials. The program hasthree levels of certification, Level 3 being the highest and awarded to only those companies who attain the program's highest criteria. On May28, 2009 the LaSalle brewery received formal notice that it was awarded the Level 3 certification.
Hydro Québec Réseau Écolectrique
The Hydro Québec Energy Savers’ Circle recognizes the exceptional performance of major customers that have cut their operation’s electricity consumption by at least 5% or saved at least 50GWh per year by taking part in Hydro-Québec’s ENERGY WISE Programs for Major Customers. The recognized organizations must have adopted an energy efficiency policy and designated a corporate energy efficiency officer.
Hydro-Québec welcomed Labatt’s LaSalle brewery to the Energy Savers’ Circle at an awards luncheon held on April 30, 2009 for its commitment to energy efficiency.
Oland Brewery wins
Nova Scotia’s Mobius Environmental Award
Labatt’s Oland Brewery in Halifax and its 255 employees and managers were recognized in 2008 for their reduce, reuse and recycle efforts by being named winners, over 60 other companies, of Nova Scotia's Mobius Environmental Award for Large Business of the Year.
The awards, named after the international recycling symbol – the Mobius Loop – recognize the innovative Nova Scotians who have helped make the province a waste reduction leader.
Oland won the award for its leadership in waste-resource management, diverting materials from the waste stream, green procurement policies, waste diversion and the use of recycled content in products.
Oland took a variety of steps that had an impact on the company's bottom line as well as its green footprint. In 2007, water use decreased 14%, electricity by 7%, and oil by 10%.
Oland’s brewhouse produces just one bag of garbage for every 1.5 million bottles of beer brewed in a 24-hour period.
In addition, the
Oland brewery reuses or recycles 97% of all of the materials used in the brewery. In 2007, more than 2,600 tonnes of glass and 24.2 tonnes of returned cans were saved from landfill and recycled.
Oland also recycles everything from label paper and beech wood chips to wood pallets, plastic film, scrap metal and cardboard/boxboard.
Oland also collects spent grains and yeast byproducts for use as animal feed.