Beam Donates 2,000 Meals to Service Members and Their Families at Six Active Military Bases Across United States

Beam visited six active military bases across the Midwest and Northeast, doubling the number of donated pre-packaged meals from just one year ago.

Beam Donates 2,000 Meals to Service Members and Their Families at Six Active Military Bases Across United States

Company doubles scope of the program and amount of meals to America’s troops

Deerfield, Ill. – Dec. 19, 2011 – Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), a leading global premium spirits company, made donations of 2,000 meals to military service members and their families recently through its annual “Holiday Meals for Military Families” program.

In partnership with Operation Homefront and nearly 50 valued business partners, Beam visited six active military bases across the Midwest and Northeast, doubling the number of donated pre-packaged meals from just one year ago. During a weeklong series of giveaways, Beam hosted events across the country, with activities at locations including Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; and Naval Station Great Lakes near Chicago and close to Beam’s global corporate headquarters.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to Operation Homefront and the military, this is just our small way of giving back during the holidays to our service men and women who have given so much to our country. All of us at Beam are honored to host our Holiday Meals program for the third year in a row so that these members of the military can spend more time with their families without worrying about the cost of groceries when organizing their holiday meals,” said Ken Ruff, VP of national accounts, on-premise for Beam.

This year also marks the first text-to-donate and online giving program*, whereby people can pledge additional support to the initiative by texting SALUTE to 90999 or visiting www.operationhomefront.net/holidaymeals. One hundred percent of the donations go toward military families and the Holiday Meals effort.

“Operation Homefront has been proud to partner with Beam on the Holiday Meals program since 2009,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “We are excited about the program’s success to date, and together with Beam, look forward to doubling our contributions and impact this year to a total of six bases and 2,000 military families around the country.”

Since 2008 Jim Beam, the number one selling Bourbon in the world, has worked closely with Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. To date, Beam has donated more than $2.5 million to Operation Homefront through a variety of charitable programming.

About Operation Homefront A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 5000 volunteers across 25 chapters and has met more than 430,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs. More information is available at www.OperationHomefront.net. Federal employees can designate Operation Homefront as their Combined Federal Campaign charity with CFC #12526.

About Beam Inc. As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Maker's Mark® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Teacher's® Scotch Whisky, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Hornitos ™ Tequila, Knob Creek® Bourbon, EFFEN® Vodka, Pucker™ Flavored Vodka, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, DeKuyper® Cordials, and Skinnygirl® Cocktails. The Beam portfolio includes 10 of the world’s top 100 premium spirits brands and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,200 passionate associates worldwide generated 2010 sales of $2.7 billion on volume of 33 million 9-liter cases. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.

*A one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. You will also receive up to 1 message per day from Operation Homefront Alerts. Msg&Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of Operation Homefront by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.com/A. To unsubscribe text STOP to 90999, for help text HELP to 90999.

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