Corona Beer Producers Stop Brewing As Coronavirus Cases Increases

Producers of Corona beer in Mexico and another Mexican brewer have announced that they are reducing production because of the health emergency in the country over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grupo Modelo — whose brands include Pacifico and Modelo as well as Corona, explained that they reached the decision in order to follow the Mexican government’s order to suspend all non-essential activities until April 30 to slow the spread of coronavirus.

We are in the process of lowering production at our plants to the bare minimum,” the company said in a statement on Thursday, adding it would complete the suspension in the following days.

Dutch-Mexican brewer Heineken Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma — which makes the Tecate and Dos Equis brands, also ikewise said on Friday it was “executing a plan to reduce our operations… safeguarding care for the environment and with the sole objective of avoiding irreversible effects that could make it impossible to reactivate our economic activity.”

The government had declared that it would only be allowing key sectors such as agribusiness to continue to function under current restrictions.

Grupo Modelo said it was ready to operate with 75 per cent of its staff working remotely to guarantee the supply of beer, if the government agreed.

Mexico has so far registered over 1,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 50 deaths.

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