Anheuser-Busch is helping Hurricane Matthew disaster victims by suspending their beer production and canning water instead. The Cartersville, Georgia plant responsible for producing 24 different varieties of beer, shut down one of its production lines to produce hundreds of thousands of cans of water that will be shipped to the zone impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Kevin Farenkrog, General Manager from the plant, tells local media they got an urgent call from the American Red Cross asking for water and they immediately went to work. In just a day, they produced 800,000 cans of water that will be sent to coastal areas hit by the hurricane.
Yesterday alone, more than 450,000 of those cans were shipped to storm shelters and victims in the path of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Florida. Areas getting the canned water include Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Melbourne and Daytona Beach. Anheuser-Busch says they plan to send more trucks of donated water in the days ahead.
“We are humbled to be able to help out our neighbors in urgent times like this,” said Craig Tomeo, Senior General Manager of Anheuser-Busch’s Jacksonville Brewery. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help right now.”