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AB InBev is manufacturing over 1 million bottles of hand sanitizer to donate to hospitals and frontline workers around the world

Posted: March 22, 2020
AB InBev is manufacturing over 1 million bottles of hand sanitizer to donate to hospitals and frontline workers around the world

As the world's leading brewer, we exist to bring people together for a better world. In today's unprecedented times, our purpose remains unwavering, even when we are temporarily at a distance. 

We have a long history of supporting our communities and this time is no different. As supply shortages intensify in the fight against COVID-19, our breweries around the world have begun using technology from our non-alcohol beer brewing process to create disinfectants from the surplus alcohol. Working with local partners, we are able to either package the disinfectant alcohol alone or transform it into a hand sanitizer gel. Collectively, we will be donating both disinfectant alcohol liquid and over one million bottles of hand sanitizer around the world, not for purchase or resale, to hospitals and frontline workers in some of the most impacted areas. 

We are proud of the resilience, commitment and agility of our teams that made these initiatives happen and honored to be part of the solution. 

The health and safety of our people and our communities will continue to be our top priority. We are all in this together. 

For more on what our local teams and breweries are doing in support of our communities, see below:

  • In Africa, the South African Breweries are donating alcohol to help in the manufacturing of more hand sanitizer to keep South African communities safe. SAB's extensive fleet and route network of our breweries will be used to deliver the finished product to the most remote parts of the country.

  • In Europe, 50,000 liters of ready-to-use disinfectant alcohol is being produced using the surplus of alcohol from alcohol-free beers, including Jupiler 0.0 and Beck's Blue. An additional 26,000 bottles of hand sanitizer are also being produced and given to pharmacies and frontline workers across Europe.

  • In the Middle Americas, 400,000 bottles of hand sanitizer are being produced for donation to hospitals and local governments from Bavaria (Colombia) and Grupo Modelo (Mexico). Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (Dominican Republic), Cerveceria Nacional (Ecuador), Backus (Peru), and others have launched similar initiatives.

  • In North America, Anheuser-Busch and Labatt Breweries' supply and logistics networks have begun producing and distributing bottles of hand sanitizer to accommodate the growing needs across the United States and Canada.

  • In South America, 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer gel were produced by Ambev using leftover alcohol from Brahma 0.0 and are being distributed to hospitals in areas that need it most, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia in Brazil.

Please refer to the World Health Organization and your local authorities for guidance and preventive measures regarding COVID-19.

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