Improving local economy
WELL CHOSEN SUPPLIERS
Making beer requires top quality raw materials. It is not only important to choose the best quality materials, but we insist on choosing suppliers who share our values. We have put in place a supplier Code of Conduct to ensure that our suppliers put the same importance on the environment, their employees, and their communities, as they do on the quality of their product.
In addition to respecting these common values, we want our suppliers to be committed to developing a culture of trust and integrity at all levels of their business, and with all their partners.
Respect Human Rights and Labor Laws: Our suppliers commit to the elimination of all forms of forced labor, to combat child labor, to eliminate discrimination in employment, and to ensure the safety and security of all of their employees.
Ethical principle: Our suppliers commit to complete transparency regarding their actions, and to respect the laws in force in their country.
Environmental and Community Principles: We encourage our suppliers to use all reasonable efforts to protect the environment and to ensure that the impact of its activities on the environment is as low as possible. We also believe that it is important for our suppliers to get involved with their local community.
We choose to work with Simpson Malt as our primary malt supplier. This family maltster has been in existence since 1862 and produces very high-quality malts. It is thanks in part to them that our beers are so good. In addition to producing very high-quality products, Simpson Malt operates based on environmental and social commitment. For example, they help partner farmers with their ecological transformations, and support local sports associations.
Producer and distributor of Swiss glass packaging, Vetropack is our primary bottle manufacturer. A pioneer in the use of recycled glass, Vetropack was the first company in Switzerland to design a used glass recycling system. With Vetropack, more than 60% of the glass used during the production of glass packaging has been recycled. Each year, they publish a sustainability report available to the public on their website.
In 2018, 70% of our raw material expenses were realized within an 80km radius from the brewery. And we plan do even better in 2019.
INDEPENDENT AND LOCAL CLIENTS
We are committed to our region and strongly believe that together we are stronger. We choose to collaborate as much as possible with local and independent clients who are the true promoters of craft products. Our customers are delicatessens, specialty bars, restaurants offering fresh seasonal cuisine, and alpine huts that focus on taste and quality rather than cost and quantity.
Additionally, we deliver almost all of our beer directly to our customers. This helps us to better know our customers, and to cater our offerings to meet their needs. There is no better way to know what our customer needs than to visit every week and see how things are going, and also to see what we can do better. We value our customers and work very hard to satisfy them as best as possible.
87% of our customers are located less than 80km from the brewery. In 2019, we plan to have even more customers local to the brewery.