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Anheuser-Busch donation to DU’s “Wetlands for Tomorrow” could reach $2 Million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. July 29, 2008 – In a continuing effort to protect the environment, Anheuser-Busch has committed to contribute $2 million to support Duck’s Unlimited’s wetland habitat conservation mission.

As part of this ongoing commitment, the Budweiser brand is working with Anheuser-Busch wholesalers around the country to obtain the funds, which will be directed toward Ducks Unlimited’s “Wetlands for Tomorrow” campaign.    

The “Wetlands for Tomorrow” campaign has an ambitious objective to raise $1.7 billion to restore North America’s wetlands, grasslands and waterfowl. 

“Few companies recognize the importance of conserving wetlands and wild places as much as Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers throughout the country,” said Don Young, executive vice-president, Ducks Unlimited.  “Ducks Unlimited is grateful for this generous support and plans to conserve the most important waterfowl habitat with this financial commitment.”

Budweiser is a leading promoter of wildlife and habitat conservation with its “Budweiser Outdoors” program.  The brand has supported a variety of outdoor organizations through the years and, combined with Anheuser-Busch wholesalers, has contributed more than $9 million to DU during the past 10 years.

“Ducks Unlimited has been a great partner through the years, and we strongly support its ‘Wetlands for Tomorrow’ initiative,” said Dave Peacock, vice president of Marketing, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.  “Preserving wetlands on our continent is important to the future of our wildlife and our water supply.  Our wholesalers share in our commitment to protect wetlands and promote conservation programs that work to preserve these natural habitats for future generations.”

In the past, wetlands have been considered wastelands – places to avoid or eliminate.  More than half of North America’s wetlands have been destroyed by draining and converting them for housing and industrial developments and using them as landfills.  Each year, the United States loses more than 80,000 wetland acres.

Today, through organizations like DU, more people understand the true benefits of wetlands. They support millions of migrating birds by providing breeding grounds, nesting habitats and nurseries for young birds.  Wetlands also offer food sources and homes for more than 900 wildlife species.  They help provide clean and abundant water, serving as the foundation for North America’s water supply.  They protect us from floods and storm surges and help prevent erosion.  And wetlands allow generations of families to enjoy the great outdoors. 
 
Protecting the environment and preserving natural resources is nothing new at Anheuser-Busch.  For generations, the company’s mission has been to brew, package and ship the freshest, highest quality beer in the world in the most efficient and responsible manner possible.  Since Anheuser-Busch was founded in 1852, the company has been committed to supporting outdoor sports enthusiasts and the environment.  In 1995, the Budweiser brand stepped up its support by creating the “Budweiser Outdoors” program, which has grown to involve six organizations – including Ducks Unlimited.  For the past 13 years, Budweiser has recognized the nation’s leading conservationist with the “Budweiser Conservationist of the Year” award.
 
For more information on Budweiser’s support of conservation and wildlife habitat, visit www.budweiser.com.

Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.5 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer, and a 27 percent share in China brewer Tsingtao, whose namesake beer brand is the country’s best-selling premium beer. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired U.S. and Global Companies lists in 2008. Anheuser-Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world’s largest recyclers of aluminum cans. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.
 
Contact: Chris Jennings 
cjennings@ducks.org
901.758.3732


 

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