Managing Wastewater at Source Would Be a Win-Win for Municipalities and the Food and Beverage Sector

Managing Wastewater at Source Would Be a Win-Win for Municipalities and the Food and Beverage Sector

The old way of handling wastewater from industry in Ontario municipalities is not working, and smaller businesses in particular need solutions to manage the problem ‘at source’ that are affordable and can be practically implemented.Continue Reading

Ontario Winemakers Embrace Importance of Sustainable Water Practices

Ontario Winemakers Embrace Importance of Sustainable Water Practices

An overwhelming majority of wineries in Ontario recognize the value of water and how sustainable water management practices can improve winery operational performance, reduce costs and support growth, a recent survey of Ontario wineries found. The 2016 survey, conducted by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability, showed that 94 per cent of Ontario wineries believe improvedContinue Reading

Southbrook Vineyards approach to water management in barrel cleaning

Southbrook Vineyards approach to water management in barrel cleaning

The first line of defense against excess water use is to keep barrels filled with wine as often as possible. When wineries store barrels, they typically wash and sanitize them both before and after storage. By refilling barrels within a few days of being emptied, Southbrook eliminates the need for double-washing.Continue Reading

Craft Brewing and the Ins, Outs and In-Betweens of Sustainable Water Use

Craft Brewing and the Ins, Outs and In-Betweens of Sustainable Water Use

Water is one of the most essential elements on Earth. Without it there would be no life. Water is also the core ingredient in craft brewing. Without it there would be no beer. Ontario craft brewers who pride themselves on making all natural beers without additives or preservatives understand the value of good clean water.Continue Reading

Use less water by reviewing barrel cleaning

Use less water by reviewing barrel cleaning

Barrels are one of the most iconic symbols of winemaking, and their care and use is probably the subject of more discussion than any other single piece of equipment used by winemakers. So, how can you use less water, but still have barrels that will last and produce high quality and great tasting wine? WhenContinue Reading

Water & Beer making it easier for Ontario craft brewers to “leap forward”

Water & Beer making it easier for Ontario craft brewers to “leap forward”

Ontario’s craft brewers are applauding a new online resource to help them manage water resources more efficiently as they continue to build on the industry’s booming homegrown success. Water & Beer, a portal created by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability, on the ins, outs and in-betweens of water use in craft breweries, was launched WednesdayContinue Reading

Collaboration between craft brewers and municipalities a win-win for all

Collaboration between craft brewers and municipalities a win-win for all

When it comes to managing the wastewater leaving his craft beer facility, the owner of Lake of Bays Brewery knows very well how close and valuable his working relationship is with the local municipality. “If we sneeze here, they feel it at the treatment plant up the street,” said Darren Smith, underlining the importance ofContinue Reading

Ontario craft brewing event celebrates the natural success of quality beer and clean water

Ontario craft brewing event celebrates the natural success of quality beer and clean water

Ontario’s booming craft beer industry will be toasted for its growth, success and community contributions at a celebration event on April 20th at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto. Hosted by Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) and the Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM), the event will bring together brewers, industry leaders, local politicians and other stakeholders committedContinue Reading

Mountainoak Cheese – A BLOOM Client Q&A

Mountainoak Cheese – A BLOOM Client Q&A

BLOOM has been working with the Mountainoak team to tackle their water use and water management. Mountainoak wants to expand their production but faces challenges surrounding water. Naturally, they came to BLOOM for guidance. BLOOM is halfway through the project and decided to check-in with Julie Clarke from Mountainoak Cheese. Why are you interested inContinue Reading

Top 3 things brewers should know about wastewater:

Top 3 things brewers should know about wastewater:

Wastewater is water with “stuff” in it. For craft brewers, this “stuff” includes ingredients like grains and hops, as well as cleaning chemicals, and even lost beer that could have otherwise been sold. The other thing about wastewater – breweries make a lot of it.  Surprisingly, it is their highest volume product, being up toContinue Reading