When Budweiser’s CEO Mark Seligman talks about the company’s “turbine wood beer,” he means the beer that the company makes in-house in its brewery in Boca Raton, Florida.
Seligmen says it’s made of two primary ingredients—beet, the principal ingredient in hops, and wood chips.
The company has more than 20 wood chips used to make its beer.
While that’s not all that’s in the beer, Seligmans point to the wood as a key component of the beer’s taste.
“The beer tastes great because it has a high percentage of wood,” Seligmens told Quartz.
“You taste that because you’re not drinking water.”
Wood chips, in this case, are used to add some sweetness to the beer.
It’s not that they taste bad—it’s that they’re not as effective as they could be in creating the taste.
Wood chips, for example, are a natural flavor enhancer.
In the 1920s, the University of Wisconsin and the University at Buffalo discovered that they could use a small amount of wood chips to impart a slight bitterness to beer.
And in the 1990s, researchers at the University in Chicago found that adding wood chips actually boosted the amount of hop flavor in beer.
“Wood chips are really good,” Seligan says.
“They’re really good for the beer as a whole.”
The problem with using wood chips is that they can contain a lot more than they seem.
Wood chip production in the United States has been going up over the past few decades, but it’s not just in beer production.
As the American wood industry has expanded, so too have the wood chip factories that are being built and expanded.
The demand for wood chips has grown so fast that the United Kingdom has even begun using wood chip processing in some of its beers.
In 2012, the U.K. Department of Agriculture announced that it would begin requiring the use of wood chip processors in its food.
While the USDA said that the move was designed to protect the health of the environment and people who work in the wood industry, a lot has changed since that time.
In 2018, the USDA issued an order to require that all new wood chip and sawmill facilities be made from reclaimed wood.
This is the same type of wood that is being used in some other countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Mexico.
The United Kingdom is also currently in the process of adopting a new type of regulation that would require that new wood processing facilities also use reclaimed wood, according to Quartz.
Woodchip manufacturing is now becoming a global issue, and in 2018, a group of environmental groups called the Sustainable Forestry Initiative launched a petition to Congress urging the Department of Energy to regulate the use and importation of woodchip production.
“We have seen a lot, not just from the United Nations, but from other countries as well, that this is a really important issue for food safety,” says Kate Hagerty, the group’s senior policy advisor.
In addition to the U, the Sustainable Forest Alliance is working on a global campaign that includes countries from South Korea, Brazil, Australia, Norway, Germany, and Turkey.
“What this means is that we’re going to see more and more countries move to make the change to use reclaimed timber,” Hagery says.
And as the demand for timber chips grows, so do the woodchip factories.
The world’s largest lumber mill, Kwikwetten, in Wisconsin, uses the wood chips from wood chips produced by its local mill to make a product called “wet mill wood.”
The wets mill wood is used for making wood-filled wicker furniture, and it’s also used to create some of the most durable and durable-looking furniture available today.
Hagerys research has shown that wets mills can actually reduce waste in the manufacturing process.
In 2016, Klamath Falls, Oregon, an area that is home to many timber processing plants, saw the largest amount of reclaimed wood ever recorded, according the Associated Press.
According to the AP, Krambla, the manufacturer of the wetsmill wood, says that the new regulation will require all new timber mill facilities to also use recycled wood.
Kramblican, the maker of the wet mill wood, told Quartz that it has been using reclaimed wood since 1999 and that the current regulation will affect its business and the supply chain.
It added that it was committed to the local community and will continue to do so.
The USDA, however, has said that it plans to require all mills to be compliant with the new rules, according a statement sent to Quartz by the USDA’s Forest Service.
“If a facility has a WMSL requirement, we require that it meet all the WMSLL requirements and meet all other requirements that are applicable to a facility that meets the WNSL