How Anheuser-Busch Supports Communities with Emergency Drinking Water

Anheuser-Busch, which employs over 1,500 in Colorado, the first state on the National Association of Manufacturers’ 2019 State of Manufacturing Tour, holds a 46 percent share of the beer market in the United States. But what do they say is their “most valuable assets?” The hardworking employees who make the best beer in the world and propel their company forward.

At Anheuser-Busch, they’re looking for innovators—people who can dream big and take pride in the products they help create. But employees at Anheuser-Busch aren’t just brewing beer; they’re playing the role of real-life superheroes.

The manufacturers at Anheuser-Busch jump into action in times of need by applying their production and logistics expertise to canning and distributing emergency drinking water.

Throughout the year, Anheuser-Busch periodically pauses its beer production at their Cartersville, Georgia and Ft. Collins, Coloradobreweries to can emergency drinking water, allowing them to be at the ready to aid communities across the country in times of crisis. Since 1988, alongside their wholesaler partners and the American Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch has provided more than 79 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters.

“We have the ability to reach all of the communities in need,” Anheuser-Busch CEO Michel Doukeris said last year. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help when disasters strike.”

Anheuser-Busch is also helping build solutions towards sustainability at its facilities across the country. By 2025, the company is pledging to have 100% of purchased electricity coming from renewables sources, cutting CO2 emissions by 25%, and sourcing 100% of its packaging from majority-recycled or returnable content.

To do all they do, modern manufacturers like Anheuser-Busch are increasingly relying on digital and technical skills like computer science and data analysis to make it all possible.

“When our ability to collect and analyze data is so much better, that allows us to manage our process much more efficiently,” Ryan Swank, the assistant operations manager at Anheuser-Busch, told us.

Stories like Ryan’s are what the 2019 NAM State of Manufacturing Tour is all about: creators and innovators are wanted in modern manufacturing.

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