ST. LOUIS, MO (March 02, 2018) – Anheuser-Busch shipped over 100,000 cans of clean, safe drinking water to South Bend, Indiana and Bardstown, Kentucky to assist with relief efforts in the wake of recent flooding.
United Beverage Company of South Bend and Smith Brothers Distributing Co. of Bardstown, Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partners, will work with their local American Red Cross chapters to distribute the cans to communities in need.
“We are happy to do our part and lend a hand to support the relief efforts,” said Bill Bradley, Anheuser-Busch’s Vice President for Community Affairs. “Leveraging our logistics and supply strengths is the best way we can help in these difficult situations.”
The emergency drinking water was sent from Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery in Georgia, which periodically pauses beer production throughout the year to can the product. The water is staged locally, ready for distribution to help American communities in times of need. In 2018, Anheuser-Busch will add its Fort Collins, Colorado brewery to its emergency water program in an effort to deliver water more quickly from coast to coast when disaster hits.
Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing water and supplies for emergency relief efforts. Since the inception of the emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have worked alongside the American Red Cross to provide more than 79 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters nationwide.
Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in preventing drunk driving and underage drinking and promoting responsible retailing and advertising. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by nearly 50 percent over the last 10 years. To date, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have contributed approximately $20 million each year in support of charitable organizations that help in local communities. The company also has provided over 79 million cans of emergency drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer. For more information, visit www.anheuserbusch.com.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.