Anheuser-Busch and Southern Beverage Company, Inc. Providing Emergency Drinking Water American Red Cross Relief
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Anheuser-Busch and Southern Beverage Company, Inc. Providing Emergency Drinking Water American Red Cross Relief

August 31, 2021 – JACKSON, MISS — Anheuser-Busch and Southern Beverage Company, Inc. are providing emergency drinking water to local communities in Mississippi as they prepare for the expected impacts of Hurricane Ida. The delivery is in response to requests from the American Red Cross to aid communities impacted by the hurricane.

As safety is the foremost and primary concern, Anheuser-Busch and Southern Beverage are closely monitoring the hurricane and taking action to ensure colleagues in the region are safe and prepared.

“Our community is the backbone of what we do at Southern Beverage, and we feel it’s our responsibility to take care of our neighbors during this time of need,” said Theo Costas. “We are here to support those along the Gulf Coast and throughout on the state of Mississippi,” he added.

The canned water arrived on Tuesday, August 31st, at the Southern Beverage headquarters in Richland, where their team members will work with the American Red Cross to distribute the water to those in need.

The water will be sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, which periodically pauses beer production to can drinking water and be ready to help communities in times of disaster.

Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross – dating back to 1906. Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch and their wholesaler partners have provided more than 86 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises nationwide.


For over 82 years, Southern Beverage Company, Inc. has proudly served Mississippi as one of the largest wholesalers of Anheuser-Busch with five distribution centers across the state. The company distributes a variety of beverages including craft and domestic beer, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beverages, ready-to-drink mixers and seltzers, as well as sodas, waters and wine. Southern Beverage covers 45 routes to distribute our drinks to 2,100 customers in 32 counties within Mississippi and is constantly looking to expand our brand base and find better ways to do business. To learn more about what we do and who we serve, visit, or follow Southern Beverage on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.  


For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants, and have more than 19,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob brands, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.


The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.