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The company's breweries in Houston and Fairfield, CA, are now installing brewing technology that will be fueled by alternative energy sources and should be running by the end of 2008. Both breweries will use a technology that turns brewing waste water into fuel, called BERS or bio-energy recovery system.

Currently, the brewery in Houston also uses bio-gas from a nearby landfill. In addition to the two plants, the company is building a BERS system at its brewery in Williamsburg, VA, as well as at seven other plants.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch expects that more than five billion 12-oz. servings of beer will be brewed using renewable fuel by the end of next year.

METRO Group, DHL Start RFID Rollout In France

Next month, METRO Group and DHL will begin the first national rollout of radio frequency identification (RFID) in France.

DHL, a third-party logistics provider based in Bonn, Germany, will equip all pallet shipments to the 89 METRO Cash & Carry self-service wholesale stores in France with RFID tags.

DHL will tag some 1.3 million pallets per year at five of its distribution centers to facilitate automated monitoring of the supply chain. The tags will be read as the pallets are loaded onto delivery trucks and transmit the shipment data to METRO Cash & Carry. The pallets will be read again as they are received at the retail stores and the data will be compared to the previously-sent order and shipment information to verify delivery accuracy.

The companies say it is the largest RFID rollout in France. "This project is setting the trend for the whole logistics industry as it brings the era of pilot projects in the RFID technology to an end," John Allan, CFO of Deutsche Post World Net, DHL’s parent company, said in the announcement. "RFID is ready for everyday use."

DHL says it expects the project to send a signal to the entire retail industry. METRO Group is the first retail company to join the DHL Innovation Initiative, whose members are primarily technology companies.

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