Nature Blossoms at Anheuser-Busch Operations

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — When employees of the
Anheuser-Busch land application farm in Jacksonville go for a stroll, they
watch where they step. That’s because the farm is also home to dozens of
alligators who have settled in the property’s retention ponds. While most
people might find this unsettling, the employees at the farm look forward to
seeing their sometimes suspicious neighbors. It’s all part of the brewer’s
efforts to promote wildlife conservation and be a good neighbor not only to
people, but nature as well.

As a founding member of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), Anheuser-Busch
has been actively involved with the organization that leads ground-breaking
initiatives for the benefit of wildlife and conservation education. WHC
members serve as leaders in environmental stewardship at the local, regional
and national levels, voluntarily managing their facilities or properties to
support healthy ecosystems and environmentally friendly societies. To date,
ten Anheuser-Busch facilities have been certified as Wildlife at Work(SM) by
the WHC for various projects that help create a healthy and biodiverse natural
world.

“Our association with the WHC has been a catalyst for our efforts to
recognize and create natural habitats at our facilities across the country,”
said Doug Muhleman, senior group vice president of brewing, operations and
technology for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “It’s very gratifying to know that in
addition to brewing and supporting the production of some of the world’s most
popular beers, our operations are also helping to create homes for various
types of wildlife and plants. Whether it’s a peregrine falcon nest on top of
the malt house in Manitowoc, a pollinator garden at the Jonesboro rice mill or
the alligators who roam the ponds at our Jacksonville land application farm,
we enjoy having the animals as our neighbors and helping nature bloom in
unlikely locations.”

The following Anheuser-Busch operations have been certified as Wildlife at
Work(SM) sites by the WHC.

    -- Jacksonville Brewery and Nutri-Turf Farm (Jacksonville, Fla.) --
       certified since 1997
    -- Elk Mountain Farms (Bonners Ferry, Idaho) -- certified since 1998
    -- Manitowoc Barley Malt Plant (Manitowoc, Wis.) -- certified since 1999
    -- Jonesboro Rice Mill (Jonesboro, Ark.) -- certified since 2001
    -- Ft. Collins Brewery (Fort Collins, Colo.) -- certified since 2006
    -- Ft. Collins Nutri-Turf Farm (Fort Collins, Colo.) -- certified since
       2001
    -- Rome Can Plant (Rome, Ga.) -- certified since 2002
    -- Cartersville Brewery (Cartersville, Ga.) -- certified since 2004
    -- Merrimack Brewery (Merrimack, N.H.) -- certified since 2007
    -- Baldwinsville Brewery (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) -- certified since 2008

“This year, our 20th Anniversary, WHC celebrates two decades of solid
leadership and on-the-ground achievements by our members in wildlife habitat
preservation and conservation education,” said Robert Johnson, WHC president.
“WHC members are continuing to lead the way to further define and demonstrate
how corporations can use their lands to preserve our biodiversity, while
preparing new generations through conservation education to understand how to
be better leaders and managers for tomorrow’s sustainable businesses and
communities. Congratulations to Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. for their
volunteer-based efforts to preserve the biodiversity of their community and
the world, and to connect people to nature.”

In addition to the certification, several of Anheuser-Busch’s operations
have also been certified as Corporate Lands for Learning(SM)(CLL) sites. CLL
facilities serve as educational resources in the communities in which they are
located for local educators and wildlife researchers. The following
Anheuser-Busch facilities have achieved CLL certification.

    -- Elk Mountain Farms (Bonners Ferry, Idaho) -- CLL site since 2000
    -- Cartersville Brewery (Cartersville, Ga.) -- CLL site since 2006
    -- Jonesboro Rice Mill (Jonesboro, Ark.) -- CLL site since 2005
    -- Fort Collins Brewery and Nutri-Turf Farm (Fort Collins, Colo.) -- CLL
       site since 2007
    -- Jacksonville Brewery and Nutri-Turf Farm (Jacksonville, Fla.) -- CLL
       site since 2008

Since 1990, WHC has certified 489 programs worldwide, of which 97 have
been designated CLL programs. These programs reach thousands of learners from
schools and scout groups to master gardeners and university researchers. The
certification program recognizes outstanding wildlife habitat management and
environmental education efforts at corporate sites, and offers third-party
validation of the benefits of such programs. Certification requirements are
strict and require that sites apply for periodic renewal.

Celebrating 20 years in conservation, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC)
is a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality
and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC
devotes its resources to building partnerships with corporations and
conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic
growth with the requirements of a healthy, biodiverse and sustainable
environment. More than 2.4 million acres in 46 states, District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and 16 other countries are managed for wildlife through
WHC-assisted projects. To learn more, visit http://www.wildlifehc.org.

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 overall and No. 1 in
social responsibility 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 http://www.OurPledge.com.

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