CARTERSVILLE, Ga., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To prepare for potential needs if Hurricane Emily hits Texas, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. is shipping 6,300 cases of canned drinking water to aid relief efforts.
The water is being delivered to the Anheuser-Busch independent wholesaler, L&F Distributors, which has branches in Corpus Christi, McAllen and Harlingen. Each location will receive 2,100 cases of the drinking water. If needed, water will be distributed by the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other relief agencies. Anheuser-Busch is prepared to send additional canned drinking water if the need arises.
"No matter when and where disaster strikes, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers are always among the first on the scene, helping our neighbors get back on their feet," said Mike Harding, vice president of operations for Anheuser-Busch. "It's important for communities to pull together and lend a helping hand in times of need and Anheuser-Busch is proud to provide fresh water to those who may be affected by Hurricane Emily."
The water was canned at the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville, Ga., brewery and Metal Container Corp. in Rome, Ga., a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Cos., supplied the cans.
Helping communities cope with natural disasters has been an Anheuser-Busch tradition since 1906 when Adolphus Busch made a donation to victims of the San Francisco earthquake. Today, in addition to providing monetary support, Anheuser-Busch breweries package fresh drinking water and donate it to emergency relief organizations for distribution to those in need. In the past five years, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 46 million cans of water to victims of natural disasters.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer holding 50 percent of the U.S. beer market. The company is American-owned and brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also holds a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer, and a 27 percent share in Tsingtao, the No. 1 brewer in China. Anheuser-Busch ranked first in the U.S. beverage industry in FORTUNE magazine's 2005 "America's Most Admired Companies" and in the top 30 on FORTUNE's 2005 "Global Most Admired Companies" list. The company is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is the world's largest recycler of aluminum beverage containers. For more information, visit http://www.anheuser-busch.com/.