Anheuser-Busch Producing Canned Water for Flood Victims

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Emergency Water for Flood Victims.

The world’s biggest brewer halted production this week to make water — rather than beer — to help those affected by a string of deadly storms in Texas and Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, usually ships about 250 trucks of the company’s various beers – including Budweiser and Bud Light – daily.

The plant normally does “water runs” like this three times a year, according to 11Alive News, but decided to do it now to help the Red Cross assist people impacted by major flooding. Multiple media outlets report the Cartersville plant halted its beer production to produce 50,000 cans of water to distribute to the flooded areas by this weekend. That’s according to NBC News, which reports that 50,000 cans filled with drinking water will come out of the plant in Cartersville, a facility located about 57 miles from Atlanta. Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News the brewery has participated in similar initiatives in the past, including during the Northeast’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy. As water wells supplying hundreds of residents in the area remain dry due to a longstanding drought, Anheuser-Busch ultimately decided to use its ongoing disaster relief partnership with the American Red Cross to its advantage.

Red Cross spokesman Jordan Scott told NBC that the drinking water was “critical” to relief efforts, and he said his organization would be working with Anheuser-Busch to figure out the logistics of distributing the water. (Anheuser-Busch has shipped 2,000 cases of the drinking water so far this week.) “Oklahoma and Texas are in an unprecedented situation,” Scott added.

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