Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was joined by King Don Juan Carlos I of Spain yesterday to toast the opening of Heineken’s newest brewery – the most modern and technologically advanced in Europe.
The Heineken heiress and her husband, Michel de Carvalho, who also attended, are both members of the supervisory board and have an estimated wealth of €4.6 billion.
The King was said to be very impressed with the new brewery, nicknamed “Jumbo”, because of its scale and size, as he greeted the workers and uncovered a plaque commemorating his visit.
Its green credentials feature state-of-the-art technology aimed at reducing energy and water consumption by up to 40%.
The visit continued a family tradition of the Spanish royal family attending Heineken events. The King also visited the company at the Universal Exhibition of 1992, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Don Alfonso XIII, who visited the Iberian-American Exhibition of 1929.
Heineken International, the world’s third largest brewer by revenue, brews more than 170 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers, including Cruzcampo, Birra Moretti, Foster's and Tiger.
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