Anheuser-Busch InBev is shipping the water from its brewery in Cartersville, Ga., which periodically pauses beer production to can emergency water. AB InBev also has a brewery in Williamsburg, Va., so it’s watching Florence’s path closely.
The brewer says it has worked with the American Red Cross to provide more than 79 million cans of water to communities affected by natural disasters nationwide since 1988. It recently doubled its water canning capabilities by adding its Fort Collins, Colo., plant. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help when disasters strike,” CEO Michel Doukeris said in a statement.
Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane overnight, but is expected to make landfall late Thursday and potentially cause $27bn in damages.
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