Anheuser-Busch donates 50K cans of water to Panhandle storm victims

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Anheuser-Busch announced it would be sending more than 50,000 cans of drinking water to the storm ravaged Florida Panhandle.

The St. Louis-based brewing giant is delivering 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — 51,744 cans — in a truck that left Cartersville, Georgia on Friday, scheduled to arrive Saturday morning at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. From there, the Lewis Bear Company, a local Anheuser-Busch distributor, will work with the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida to get the water quickly to storm and flood victims.

“Relief workers and people in the community are in need of drinking water as they work to recover from the storms, and this is one way Anheuser-Busch can help our friends and neighbors,” said Anheuser-Busch vice president and head brew master Peter Kraemer.

Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 72 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters.

Disaster relief has been a part of the Anheuser-Busch tradition since Adolphus Busch donated to the American Red Cross for victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Today, in addition to providing monetary support as a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Anheuser-Busch provides emergency drinking water, as well as working with the American Red Cross and other emergency relief organizations.

Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. division of Anheuser-Busch InBev, operating 12 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the U.S., representing more than $15.5 billion in investments.

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