Heavy demand for emergency drinking water after California wildfires and Hurricanes Florence and Michael led Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville Brewery Monday to temporarily halt beer production to can emergency drinking water.
The demand for clean, safe drinking water exhausted existing stocks the company donates to the American Red Cross during times of natural disasters, company officials said.
“Recent donations to disaster relief efforts have depleted our inventory of emergency drinking water. We need to be ready to help next time the Red Cross requests our assistance,” said Bill Bradley, vice president of community affairs at Anheuser-Busch.
“We’ve made a commitment to be there for American communities in times of need, and we are following through on that promise.”
Throughout the year, the Cartersville brewery schedules periodic pauses of beer production to can drinking water. The water is staged locally, ready to be shipped at a moment’s notice once the brewer receives a request from the American Red Cross, a longstanding partner.
At the request of the Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch has provided more than 800,000 cans – or 16 truckloads – of emergency drinking water so far in 2018, prompting today’s unscheduled run to replenish stocks.
For the past 30 years, Anheuser-Busch has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide emergency drinking water for disaster relief efforts. Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have provided nearly 80 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters nationwide.
In September, Anheuser-Busch introduced the water canning capability to its Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery -- doubling its production capacity and enabling the brewer to more quickly help communities in need from coast to coast
“This program is made possible by our employees at the Cartersville and Fort Collins breweries, and our wholesaler partners who never hesitate to go the extra mile when American communities are facing difficult times,” Bradley said.
To learn more about Anheuser-Busch’s disaster relief efforts, please visit https://www.anheuser-busch.com/betterworld/community.html.
Anheuser-Busch has operated for more than 165 years. It owns and operate 23 breweries, 29 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and has more than 18,000 workers across the U.S.
Its beer brands include Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands.
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The Cartersville plant opened in 1993 and operates in a 900,000-square-foot building on a 1,700-acre site near U.S. Hwy. 411 between White and Cartersville in central Bartow County .
It produces 23 different brands of the company's products and ships them via 250 trucks per day to five states in the Southeast, according to its website.