Crafting the future of ethanol, brewing and more in 2024

Explore 2024's top ethanol and brewing trends, from sustainable practices and technological innovations to flavour advancements and enhanced consumer experience.

Crafting the future of ethanol, brewing and more in 2024

As the brewing and ethanol industries continue to evolve, we anticipate 2024 to be a year where tradition intersects with innovation. The symbiotic relationship between ethanol, alcohol, and brewing unlocks opportunities for growth in sustainable practices, technological advancements, and enhanced consumer experience. Join us in exploring the top ethanol and brewing trends of this year.

The Ethanol Evolution: Beyond Fuel

While traditionally associated with fuel, the role of ethanol is growing significantly. This bio-based substance is not only a key ingredient in alcoholic beverages, it also plays a vital role in creating sustainable solutions across industries. As we move through 2024, advancements in ethanol production technologies, particularly cellulosic ethanol, are poised to redefine its contribution to environmental sustainability. This innovative approach utilises non-food plant materials, ensuring it does not compete with food sources and significantly reduces carbon emissions.

Brewing Innovations: Crafted and Connected

The craft brewing industry continues to flourish, fuelled by a strong need for innovation and authenticity. Brewers are increasingly experimenting with the versatility of ethanol, pushing the boundaries of flavour, aroma, and mouthfeel. This creative exploration is deepening the connection between brewing and ethanol production, showcasing ethanol's ability to carry and enhance flavours in beverages. Moreover, the emphasis on local sourcing of ingredients for both ethanol production and brewing is strengthening community ties and supporting local economies, further highlighting the symbiotic relationship between these industries.

Sustainability: A Shared Vision

Sustainability is a trend that spans both the ethanol and brewing industries, with circular economy practices coming to the forefront. From upcycling brewery by-products to implementing energy-efficient ethanol production methods, these sectors are actively minimising their environmental impact. At NZ Pump Co., we’re also proud to be contributing to this effort with our drum pumps which help reduce waste and spillage during the transfer of ethanol and other liquids. This allows for the responsible handling of ethanol and reduced environmental risks. The integration of sustainable practices not only reflects a commitment to protecting the environment, but also responds to a growing consumer demand for responsibly produced products.

The Low and Non-Alcoholic Movement

Reflecting broader health and wellness trends, the rise of low and non-alcoholic beverages is noteworthy. Ethanol's role in these products is evolving, with new technologies enhancing the flavour profiles of reduced-alcohol options. This trend emphasises the versatility of ethanol in meeting consumer demand for healthier lifestyle choices without compromising on taste or overall experience.

Packaging Innovations for a Greener Tomorrow

Sustainable and innovative packaging solutions for the ethanol and brewing industry showcase their shared commitment for a greener tomorrow. From biodegradable materials to reusable containers, these efforts are reducing the environmental impact of packaging and resonating with eco-conscious consumers.

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®

As 2024 unfolds with exciting innovations in ethanol and brewing, we’re thrilled to participate in the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, America’s largest gathering for the beverage alcohol industry! By showcasing our Ezi-action® drum pumps, designed to improve the handling of ethanol and other liquids, we aim to contribute to the industry's efforts to adopt more sustainable and efficient brewing practices. We look forward to connecting with industry professionals, sharing insights, and exploring new opportunities for collaboration. Join us at the Craft Brewers Conference later this month to discover how NZ Pump Co. can help you elevate your brewing and ethanol production processes. Visit the event page for more information: