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Anheuser-Busch Sends Emergency Drinking Water To Hurricane Harvey Victims

Many companies are pitching in to help those affected by the catastrophic damage that Hurricane Harvey has caused southeastern Texas and Louisiana. For their part, Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser Beer, is delivering three truckloads — over 155,000 cans — of emergency drinking water to help communities in the Gulf Coast area.

An initial truckload was sent from their Cartersville brewery in Georgia and delivered to the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge on August 28 with help from Mockler Beverage, one of Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners. Two additional truckloads are being sent to an American Red Cross facility in Arlington, Texas, which are scheduled to arrive in the coming days.

The Cartersville brewery halts production periodically throughout the year to prepare canned drinking water so as to be ready to help American communities in times of need.  This clean, safe emergency drinking water was already canned and ready to be shipped when the Red Cross issued an urgent request to support communities hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast early Saturday with winds over 100 mph and devastating floods in some areas. The American Red Cross prepared over 50 shelters to support thousands of potentially displaced people.

Anheuser-Busch has three facilities in Houston: one large brewery, its craft partner Karbach, and the Longhorn glass bottle facility.  These three facilities together have approximately 1,100 employees and all are safe.

The company has a longstanding tradition of providing water and supplies to those affected by natural disasters nationwide. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch produced and shipped emergency drinking water to communities hit by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, the Louisiana floods, and Hurricane Matthew. Since 1988, the St. Louis-based brewer has provided over 76 million cans of drinking water to aid disaster-stricken areas.

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Hurricane Sandy Hurts Fishing Industry, But East Coast Stays Strong

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Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, fresh fish won’t be on the menu — or at the grocers — for awhile.

Yes, in addition to leaving much of the New York and New Jersey coastlines flooded and without power, Sandy has also managed to wreck the mid-Atlantic region’s fishing industry.

Major issues with transportation and Atlantic fishing operations mean that restaurateurs as far as Ohio and Kentucky will have to go without some of the season’s most popular (and tasty) catches — such as lobster, crab and cod — for at least a few weeks, reports Business First.

And while snobby seafood-starved diners may complain about the lack of sashimi or moules frites, it’s nothing compared to what the fresh-fish industry is going through right now.

Last week, Columbus-based seafood wholesaler Frank Gonzalez said that he expected his sales to be down as much as 50 percent due to the post-tropical storm — something he’s never seen in his 20-plus years in the business. Ouch. “You can’t buy fresh fish and sit on it,” he told Business First.

And many others are in the same boat. According to The Daily Beast, one famous Chelsea fishmonger had to discard up to 2,000 pounds of lobster and 500 pounds of other seafood — yes, that’s one day’s worth of inventory — after losing power.

Yet it seems that the city that never sleeps has already figured out how to swim around the issue. The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday that many New York City sushi restaurants returned with fresh inventory at the beginning of this week and shunned their limited post-storm menus for regular fare. Pretty impressive, NYC.

via Business First and The Daily Beast