ST. LOUIS, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch is providing 1,764 cases — or more than 42,000 cans of drinking water — for use by South Dakota residents affected by recent freezing rain and snow storms that have left thousands of residents without water and electricity.
A truckload of donated water left the company's brewery in Fairfield, Calif., around 3 p.m. PST today. Following a 1,500-mile trip the water is scheduled to arrive Sunday morning to the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, Northwest Beverage, Inc., in Mobridge, S.D. Northwest Beverage will then distribute the water to area shelters to help residents affected by the water and power outages, including those in Eagle Butte, Faith, Dupree, Isabel, Cherry Creek and Lantry.
"It's important for communities to pull together and lend a helping hand, and Anheuser-Busch is proud to provide drinking water to these people in need," said Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch. "Our company has a long and valued relationship with our friends throughout South Dakota, so we felt this is one way we could assist the county in its time of need."
Anheuser-Busch and its distributors provided a total of 210,042 cases — or more than 5 million cans — of packaged drinking water to victims of natural disasters in 2008 and 2009. These included wildfires in California; hurricanes and storms in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas; and flooding in New York, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 68.5 million cans of drinking water following natural and other disasters.
"Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to provide water to those in need. Few corporations have the infrastructure to package beverages and distribute them quickly," Kraemer said. "When a disaster like this strikes, very simply put, we have a responsibility to package and provide water to our neighbors, and we're proud to do so."
Helping communities cope with 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 packages fresh drinking water and donates it to emergency relief organizations for distribution to those in need.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 49.2 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Global Companies list in 2009. Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world's largest recyclers of aluminum cans. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.