Benson Hill & AB InBev Partner to Improve Barley Quality
January 31, 2019
Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural
diversity of plants, and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have started a
global partnership to develop improved barley varieties using Benson
Hill's computational platform Breed, powered by CropOS. By harnessing
the power of predictive breeding, AB InBev will equip farmers around the
world with more productive and sustainable barley varieties.
Recent reports have highlighted the sensitivity of barley to extreme
heat and drought, underscoring the importance of developing varieties
with greater resilience to climate change. As part of its 2025
Sustainability Goals, AB InBev leverages SmartBarley—an innovation
platform that utilizes data, technology, and insights to help barley
farmers in the AB InBev supply chain improve the productivity and
environmental performance of their farms. AB InBev will use Benson
Hill's Breed application in combination with traditional breeding
methods to help accelerate the development of higher yielding barley
varieties that use less water and other natural resources.
"For AB InBev, brewing quality beer starts with the best ingredients.
That requires a healthy environment and thriving communities," said Gary
Hanning, Global Director of Barley Research at AB InBev. "Benson Hill's
powerful Breed application positions us at the forefront of innovation
to develop more resilient and sustainable varieties of barley for
growers and the best quality malt for our brewers."
Hill empowers organizations of any size across the agri-food value chain
to benefit from the most advanced tools in seed innovation. CropOS
identifies the most promising genetics for any targeted outcome from
higher yield to environmental sustainability or enhanced nutrition. The
platform's machine learning capability calibrates and evolves with each
field trial and data set, improving its predictive capability to
accelerate product development.
"AB InBev recognizes the power of plants and innovation to benefit both
farmers and consumers," said Matt Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson
Hill. "The Benson Hill team is eager to apply the predictive power of
CropOS to AB InBev's SmartBarley program and rapidly advance its