Saturday, 06 June, 2020


Corona Beer Production Stopped In Mexico Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Jim Fox of Chicago Beverage delivers dozens of cases of Modelo Especial to Grand & Western Liquors on Aug. 30 2019 Jim Fox of Chicago Beverage delivers dozens of cases of Modelo Especial to Grand & Western Liquors on Aug. 30 2019
Noah Ferguson | 04 April, 2020, 07:28

Grupo Modelo - whose brands include Pacifico and Modelo as well as Corona - said the measure was in line with the Mexican government's order to suspend all non-essential activities until April 30 to slow the spread of coronavirus. By Thursday, the country had reported of at least 1,500 cases and 50 deaths. The company added that the suspension was part of an agreement with Mexico's federal government, as one of many "extraordinary actions to attend to the health emergency generated by SARS-VoC2 virus".

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, meaning the brewery has had to stop production and marketing of its beer (something you'd thankfully be unlikely to see in Australia). The president of Mexico said that his government would continue to assess what factories may continue to operate in the coming days.

However, Constellation Brands said that their sales weren't affected despite the misconception.

A poll by 5W Public Relations found that out of 737 beer drinkers in the United States, 38 per cent wouldn't buy a Corona "under any circumstances" because of the outbreak.

Mexico's other major beer producer Heineken - which makes the Tecate and Dos Equis brands - could also stop activities on Friday, the Reforma newspaper said, although the company did not confirm the report.

Since the start of the virus crisis, Corona beer has been the punchline of jokes and memes, and an online rumour said sales in the USA dropped by around 40 per cent after the outbreak.

Beer and other alcohol are rising in sales this month as Americans are being forced to hunker down in light of the coronavirus.

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