Anheuser-Busch Continues To Supply Water To Hurricane Victims

A-B is delivering nearly 2.5 million cans of water per week to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Company Foundation Donates $1 Million To The American Red Cross For Relief Efforts

Anheuser-Busch and its Wholesalers Now Begin Shipping
More Than Two Million Cans of Water Per Week to Relief Efforts

Anheuser-Busch Companies said today it will be increasing its donation of fresh drinking water to nearly 2.5 million cans per week to Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Recognizing the unique position the company is in to provide safe drinking water, the company will also be converting operations at its Houston brewery, in addition to its Cartersville, Ga., brewery, to producing canned water.

The company’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anheuser-Busch Companies, is also increasing its donation to the Red Cross to $1 million to help ongoing relief efforts along the Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Anheuser-Busch will also match contributions made by its employees to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

In addition, the company announced it will match up to an additional $1 million from its independent wholesalers nationwide.

“As the extent of the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina becomes clearer, our resolve to help becomes stronger. We have the ability to bring something life-saving to the victims: fresh drinking water. Together with our network of wholesalers across the country, we are mobilizing all of our resources to get water to these victims and to relief workers,” said Patrick Stokes, president and chief executive officer of Anheuser-Busch Companies.

“Anheuser-Busch and our wholesalers nationwide are proud to continue providing support to those who need it most.”

Separately, Anheuser-Busch announced that it is making its truck fleet available to the Red Cross to ship emergency supplies such as generators, food and clothing. The trucks are located at the company’s 12 domestic breweries in St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, Jacksonville, Fla., Williamsburg, Va., Baldwinsville, N.Y., Cartersville, Ga., Columbus, Ohio, Fort Collins, Colo., Merrimack, N.H. and Fairfield, Calif.

Anheuser-Busch’s logistics network, its freight carriers and wholesalers are working with officials to find passible routes into the stricken areas to deliver the water.

While converting some equipment at the two breweries to package drinking water instead of beer, Anheuser-Busch is shipping beer from its other breweries to serve its customers in areas normally served by the Houston and Cartersville breweries.

The Anheuser-Busch Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., a St. Louis-based corporation with subsidiaries that include the leading U.S. brewer, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of aluminum beverage containers and one of the largest theme-park operators in the United States.

Anheuser-Busch and its charitable foundation have reached out to groups that need them, contributing to community organizations across the country and touching countless individual lives.

Over the past decade the company and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation have donated more than $330 million to charitable organizations, including those that support education, health care, the arts, cultural enrichment, social services and environmental conservation.