Fact Check: Budweiser Is NOT Putting 'Support Our Law Enforcement' On Its Trucks -- One Local Wholesaler Did

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Budweiser Is NOT Putting 'Support Our Law Enforcement' On Its Trucks -- One Local Wholesaler Did Not Corporate

Is Budweiser putting signage on its trucks saying "Support Our Law Enforcement" and "Proudly Serving Those Who Protect & Serve"? No, that's not true: A delivery truck with those statements supporting law enforcement belongs to an independent wholesaler and is not affiliated with Budweiser or its corporate parent.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published on April 10, 2021. The post has a picture of a Budweiser delivery truck with a black and blue exterior. On the side of the truck is the statement "Support Our Law Enforcement." On the truck's back panel, it says "Proudly Serving Those Who Protect & Serve." The post opens with:

THANK YOU BUDWEISER FOR HAVING THE BALLS TO SAY IT!!!!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on April 21, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Apr 21 17:03:52 2021 UTC)

The truck in the photo belongs to Bernie Little Distributors of Lakeland, Florida. When searching the words "Budweiser truck support law enforcement" on Google, the first result is a local Florida publication's article from 2018 about the truck. The company is a wholesaler for Anheuser-Busch that delivers products locally. Lead Stories reached out to Bernie Little Distributors for comment multiple times and was told twice "no comment". When trying to get further answers, Lead Stories was sent to voicemail with no follow-up.

Lead Stories reached out to Anheuser-Busch, the owner of Budweiser, in a direct message on Twitter, asking about the truck with a law enforcement message. A spokesman responded on Twitter on April 21, 2021: "The truck you're asking about is owned by an independently operated wholesaler and is not affiliated with Budweiser. We've been informed that the truck in the photo is no longer in service."

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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