Brewery titan Anheuser-Busch has restored some much-needed faith in humanity after announcing that they had halted all production of beer in the wake of last week’s flooding and storm disasters in Texas and Oklahoma. Instead, reports have stated that the company is choosing to produce clean drinking water for those who have been devastated in the wake of the recent tragedies.
The total amount said to be produced adds up to approximately 50,000 cans. Production is said to have stopped late Wednesday (May 27) at Georgia’s Cartersville Brewery upon the realization being made that those affected by the aforementioned natural disasters needed their assistance far more than customers needed beer.
The fact that, in a time where big business companies are overwhelmingly known for putting their own financial needs and wants over everything else possible, including the well-being of the customers they are supposed to be invested in, it is absolutely astounding that Anheuser-Busch would take this step to help those who are not even currently in the position to purchase their product. As a result, the greatly needed restoration in the faith of humanity has been significantly restored. It is still a long path ahead for the world as a whole, but this is most certainly a significant step in the right direction.
This is not the first time that Anheuser-Busch has halted beer production in favor of helping those in need. Indeed; according to a statement given to NBC by Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas, this occurrence takes place a few times a year when tragic situations arise leading to people needing emergency relief water. As the manager put it, the aid is something the company is “uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period.” How it works is that the liquid in the production line is switched out from beer to water, and therefore the replaced beverage is what gets inserted into cans instead of that which was being used previous.
The way that the relief is said to be orchestrated is that approximately 2,000 cases, which carry 24 cans, are on their way to communities in Oklahoma and Texas, in order to provide clean drinking water for those affected by the devastation. As for when those in need will receive the water, the delivery date is estimated to be in the next few days. Jordan Scott, a Red Cross spokesman, added that Anheuser-Busch had been one of their disaster relief partners for some time now, and that they were collectively trying to figure out where and how to ship the relief water, with those who required the aid more having it delivered first.
The fact that, in a time when so many rich business honchos keep anything and everything for themselves, beer giant Anheuser-Busch is deciding to halt beverage production in favor of producing clean drinking water for the flooding/storm victims of Texas and Oklahoma shows that faith in humanity has been restored. It also proves that not all companies are the same, and that not everyone can be judged by the same book cover simply due to the actions of others in the same profession.
Opinion by Chanel van der Woodsen
NBC News – Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims
Boston Globe – Anheuser-Busch producing canned water for flood victims
WHNT – Anheuser-Busch bottling water for flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma
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