“Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer,” Rob Haas, the Cartersville brewery manager, told NBC News.
The Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water a few times a year, Haas said, partnering with the American Red Cross to provide to places in need within the United States.“It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period,” he said.
In a news release, Anheuser-Busch said it planned to provide “2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans.”
“Relief workers and people in the region are in need of safe, clean drinking water, and Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to produce and ship large quantities of emergency drinking water,” Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. “Our local distributors help identify those communities most in need, and work with relief organizations such as the American Red Cross to make sure the water gets where it’s needed.”
The company said it had donated “more than 73 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters” since 1988. The Cartersville brewery packages and ships all of the company’s emergency water donations, Anheuser-Busch noted in March.
The 900,000-square-foot facility typically ships about 250 truckloads of beer each day, the company said.
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