Hurricane Harvey barreled into Southeast Texas last weekend in what could end up being the most costly natural disaster in US history at an estimated $190 billion in damages.
We've been working to touch base with the wine and spirits businesses in the area, while a number of companies have reached out to share their plans to help. Below is our running list of the two.
UPDATES FROM THE TRENCHES.
-- RNDC chief Tom Cole sent out a letter to suppliers to let them know that "RNDC had appropriate emergency preparedness response plans in place," and is prepared to assist both its associates and retail customers who were negatively affected by the hurricane. "As soon as our retail customers are open to take orders, we will be there to serve them," writes Tom.
-- Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits has provided updates via its website and as of Friday, it had temporarily suspended operations at the Houston distribution facility due to local area flooding. "Our emergency management plans have been activated and our crisis management teams are actively coordinating efforts in order to ensure the safety of our employees and the continuity of service to our customers."
-- The Railean Distillery in San Leon, Galveston County said so far their facilities are safe."It is flooded all around us, roads are flooded…really a bad situation all around the greater Houston area and a mess hours south of us," owner Kelly Railean tells WSD.
-- Yellow Rose Distilling in Houston is also operational, but with employees having difficulty reaching the distillery, production will be on hold for now. Yellow Rose distiller Houston Farris tells WSD he hopes everything will be back to normal this weekend.
-- Justice Label distillery sustained a little damage to the storefront of its facility in Sinton, Texas, but nothing a little patch work can't fix.
-- BJ Hooker's Vodka distillery in Houston is operational.
-- Texas-based Tito's Handmade Vodka is: partnering with the American Red Cross and will match the amount of donations up to $50,000; using Tito's trucks to deliver supplies to families in need through the Austin Disaster Relief Network; and donating $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive, which has already rescued hundreds of animals from affected areas.
-- All of Texas-based Twin Liquors 80 locations will be accepting Hurricane Harvey donations from August 30 - September 9, and matching contributions up to $20,000.
-- On September 2, Denison-based Ironroot Republic distillery will be collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey victims during the hours of our Cocktail Lounge, 1pm until 8:30pm.
-- The US Bartenders' Guild has a National Charity Foundation that has set up a Bartender Emergency Assistance Program to provide direct financial relief to bartenders affected by the storm, and is organizing volunteers to assist in the clean up. Donations to the bartender fund can be made here.
--The Diageo C.A.R.E.S campaign is working with You Give Goods with employees donating as many as 8,000 items so far; Crown Royal has pledged $50,000 and is working to send truckloads of bottled water to the area; Guinness is supporting Houston Texans' NFL star JJ Watt's effort to raise money for relief, donating $50,000, and will match all Diageo employee donations to You Give Goods up to $50,000.
-- SGWS has established a GofundMe employee relief fund. It will match employee donations up to $100,000.
--Moët Hennessy USA has pledged to make a $25,000 donation on behalf of its employees to the Southern Glazer's Employee Relief Fund. In return, SGWS has committed to matching Moët Hennessy's donation up to this amount.
-- E. & J. Gallo Winery has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross. In addition, it will also match personal donations dollar for dollar made by its employees through the company's Employee Match Program.
-- Bacardi is also donating $50,000 to the SGWS employee fund, as well as a promise to match up to $50,000 worth of employee contributions various relief efforts.
-- Garrison Brothers Distillery has created a bourbon fundraiser to support non-profit organization Team Rubicon to help victims of Harvey. The first 1,000 donors who contribute $100 or more to Team Rubicon will receive a bottle of Garrison Brothers Hurricane Tough Straight Bourbon Whiskey in 2022. The goal is to raise $150,000.
-- Breakthru Beverage Group will match the collective donations of its associates to the American Red Cross up to $100,000. In a note to employees out last week, Breakthru chief Greg Baird made a personal contribution of $5,000.
-- Pernod Ricard USA is donating $50K to the RNDC Relief Fund and $10K to the Red Cross.
[Most recent update Friday September 5.]