The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, has given full approval for RGT Planet across its Western Europe operations.
It joins an impressive list of other international brewers backing the variety, such as Heineken, Molson Coors, Guinness and San Miguel.
RGT Planet is also approved for malting across many areas of the world by companies such as Malteurop, Boortmalt, Groupe Soufflet, Cargill and Viking Malt, as well as an increasing number of local maltsters.
AB InBev has three breweries in the UK, where it is best known for brands such as Becks, Budweiser and Stella Artois.
“Obviously it is good news that AB InBev’s UK breweries will be taking more RGT Planet,” says Chris Black, RAGT’s international cereal product manager.
“But the biggest thing to come out of this is the increase in export potential for the variety, which will open up the market in Europe to a lot more growers who might otherwise have grown it just for feed.”
In addition, UK ale brewers are increasingly accepting RGT Planet as their variety of choice. “This sector is often reluctant to change, but they can see more growers switching into RGT Planet and they are getting on with it.
“Given these increasing markets, we see a good future for RGT Planet for quite a few years to come.”