Pictured above – Anheuser-Busch brewery. Photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.
CEO Brendan Whitworth made the statement Friday in response to the backlash
St. Louis – Recently, Anheuser-Busch has been mired in controversy following their partnership with and marketing campaign featuring transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney. Stocks have plunged, with a $5 billion drop in market cap for Bud Light in just a few weeks. Now the CEO has broken his silence with the release of a letter to America he calls “Our responsibility to America.”
Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth made the statement Friday in response to the backlash.
“As the CEO of a company founded in America’s heartland more than 165 years ago, I am responsible for ensuring every consumer feels proud of the beer we brew. We’re honored to be part of the fabric of this country,” said Whitworth. “Anheuser-Busch employs more than 18,000 people and our independent distributors employ an additional 47,000 valued colleagues. We have thousands of partners, millions of fans and a proud history supporting our communities, military, first responders, sports fans and hard-working Americans everywhere. We never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people. We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”
Plunge – Anheuser-Busch stocks have plunged since the controversy.
“My time serving this country taught me the importance of accountability and the values upon which America was founded: freedom, hard work and respect for one another,” he continued. “As CEO of Anheuser-Busch, I am focused on building and protecting our remarkable history and heritage. I care deeply about this country, this company, our brands and our partners. I spend much of my time traveling across America, listening to and learning from our customers, distributors and others.”
He concluded, “Moving forward, I will continue to work tirelessly to bring great beers to consumers across our nation.”
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