WHO we are
As the country’s leading pub retailer and brewer, we welcome our customers into our 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK.
We are the country’s leading pub company and brewer, running over 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels in towns, villages and city-centre high streets across England, Wales and Scotland.
It’s our rich heritage of more than 200 years that has taught us how to brew award-wining beer and operate pubs from our base in Bury St. Edmunds ever since the company was founded in 1799 by 19 year-old Benjamin Greene.
As a company, we pride ourselves on consistently offering exceptional value, service and quality to all our customers. This ethos is central to everything we do in our business: the products that we offer, the ales that we brew, the affordable prices that we charge, the team members who serve our customers and the atmosphere of our pubs, restaurants and hotels.
WHAT we do – focus on environment
Reducing our environmental impact is key to the long-term sustainability of our business. We are currently focused on reducing our consumption of energy, water and waste.
We understand the value of investing in new technology. In our Bury St. Edmunds brewery, we’ve converted the brewery boilers to gas from the previous light fuel oil, which has significantly reduced emissions. We’ve also continued to convert the lighting in our pubs, restaurants and hotels to low energy LED bulbs. In fact, we’ve already installed LED lighting in 740 of our Spirit pubs. And we’ve upgraded our boilers and heating control systems in many sites too.
We’re proud that our Spirit sites are supplied with 100% renewable electricity. All the power for the pubs, restaurants and hotels are is generated from wind, biomass and hydro sources.
In association with Total Gas & Power and Ineco, our Spirit business won an ‘Energy Efficiency Award’ at the 2015 Footprint Foodservice Awards for the progress we’ve made through our energy initiatives! In fact, Spirit has reduced its electricity consumption by 11% over the last two years, making excellent progress towards creating a whole range of technologies and actions that can be implemented across the estate.
We observe our water usage in 200 sites. This helps us set benchmarks for the rest of our estate and know when to investigate if there’s high usage. We also work with 20 water companies that supply us nationally, to help us implement ways of making further savings as well as investigate water leaks.
Our Spirit business won ‘Water efficient project of the year’ at The Energy Awards 2015. The award recognised the impact of our water strategy which, in collaboration with Waterscan, has helped us reduce our water consumption by 12% in the last three years. We’ve saved so much water by finding internal and external leaks, fixing leaky water and storage tanks and replacing faulty taps!
We continue to work hard at reducing waste across the business. More than 570 of our Greene King sites divert more than 80% of their waste from landfill. And our Spirit pubs now divert 96% of their waste from landfill – last year that included 1m litres of used cooking oil; 2,520 tonnes of food waste; 8,527 tonnes of glass; 1,870 tonnes of cardboard; 122 tonnes of plastic and 19 tonnes of tin!
We’re also a signatory on the Food and Service Hospitality Agreement and work with WRAP to reduce our food waste, optimise package and increase our recycling rates.
We’re proud that our Spirit business won the 2015 award for ‘Environmental Improvement’ at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards. The prize recognised the work we’ve carried out within Spirit’s Supply Chain and the way in which we’ve collaborated with our suppliers and partners to minimise our environmental impact on local communities.
Greene King’s activities and products, including and associated with brewing, packaging and distribution of beers and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the Bury St Edmunds sites are certified to the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001). As part of this standard we have an Environmental Policy that sets out our commitments in relation to managing environmental impacts and ensuring continual improvement