TORONTO, May 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Labatt Breweries of Canada is again mobilizing its Canadian Disaster Relief Program and is providing nearly 100,000 cans of emergency drinking water for residents and on-the-ground responders in communities along the Saint John River in New Brunswick that have been faced with the worst flooding in decades.
Two trucks carrying cases of water canned to disaster specifications left Labatt's distribution centre in Mississauga on Sunday, May 13 destined for delivery to the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in Hanwell, and the local fire department in Oromocto, NB.
Charlie Angelakos, Labatt's vice president, legal and corporate affairs, said, "The employees of Labatt in Atlantic Canada and across the country are deeply concerned for the welfare of their fellow citizens along the Saint John River. When these unfortunate natural disasters occur, our priority is to quickly implement our Disaster Relief Program and help out wherever we can."
This donation is Labatt's eighth under its Canadian Disaster Relief Program since 2013.
The program donates safe drinking water when a community's water supply has been compromised as a result of a significant disaster. Working with local authorities, the company mobilizes its distribution network to deliver water to Canadians and emergency responders in need. Since 2013, Labatt has supplied more than 450,000 cans of safe drinking water to communities under emergency conditions in six provinces hit by flooding, forest and wildfires, oil spills, drought and ice storms. This includes water donations in Fort McMurray, AB (wildfires), Prince Albert, SK (oil spill), and Halifax, NS (drought) in 2016 and New Brunswick (ice storm) in early 2017.
"As one of Canada's founding businesses and oldest brewers, Labatt has long and strong ties with the people of Atlantic Canada We're grateful to be able to build on our more than 170 year legacy of giving back to this country by leveraging our strengths and resources to get safe drinking water to Canadians in need," said Angelakos.
About Labatt Breweries of Canada
Established by John Kinder Labatt in London, Ontario in 1847, Labatt Breweries is one of Canada's founding businesses and its leading brewer. The company today has more than 3,400 employees, six breweries, three stand-alone craft brewers, and a portfolio of 60 quality beers, including Budweiser, Alexander Keith's, Labatt Blue, Kokanee, Stella Artois and Corona. Brands also include ready-to-drink beverages such as Palm Bay and Mike's Hard Lemonade. As part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev family, Labatt is committed to Bringing People Together for a Better World, making a positive contribution through multiple programs that support its communities, promote responsible drinking and protect the environment.
SOURCE Labatt Breweries of Canada
For further information: Wade Keller, Corporate Affairs - Atlantic Canada, 902-402-8694, [email protected]