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23 November 2018

Joint Organization of Africa Brewing Conference

Versuchs- und Lehranstalt fuer Brauerei in Berlin (VLB) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) are coming together to establish a new conference devoted to sharing brewing knowledge, strengthening relationships and discussing best practices for the brewing and malting industry in Africa. The inaugural event will take place in May 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As joint organizers, VLB Berlin and DuPont aim to provide an open platform for world-class education and networking for the brewing industry in Africa. As a forum focused on the technical and scientific aspects of beer making, the Africa Brewing Conference will bring together managers, brewers and leading technical staff from production, filling/packaging and quality assurance of breweries and maltings. The conference will be held in English, with topics covering the full supply chain of beer production, including raw materials, process optimization, sustainability, brewing technology, application of enzymes, product development and quality aspects.

"Africa is currently the region in the world with the fastest growth in the brewing industry, and Ethiopia is one of the top four beer producers with a lot of momentum," said Josef Fontaine, Ph.D., Managing Director of VLB Berlin.

Allyson Fish, Global Business Director, Food Enzymes at DuPont adds: "DuPont has long seen Africa as an important region, where enzymes can further support that growth, allowing brewing companies - big and small - to become more efficient and able to source locally."

The collaboration was announced at the BrauBeviale 2018 tradeshow in Nuremberg, Germany.