Beer maker Corona shuts down all beer production amid coronavirus outbreak

Corona beer, which is in no way linked to the coronavirus, might be harder to find soon.

Grupo Modelo, the brewer of Corona and other brands of beer, including Pacifico and Modelo, will suspend production as the breweries have been deemed non-essential by the Mexican government amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its beer production and marketing operations”, reads a press release, translated into English, shared by Grupo Modelo on Twitter.

Grupo Modelo’s parent company, Anheuser Busch InBev, has already slowed the production of its beers (which it exports to 180 countries around the world) in the United States.

In recent weeks, the Corona brand has faced negative associations with its name due to the coronavirus.

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“Corona” which means “crown” in Spanish, refers to the crown-like shape of the virus. While this has nothing to do with the beer that people normally imagine enjoying on a sandy beach, Google searches for terms such as “corona beer virus”, which peaked in January, have demonstrated that some people still did not know if there was a correlation.

This week, the Mexican government declared a national health emergency as coronavirus cases continued to rise. Mexico reported at least 1,510 COVID-19 cases and 50 deaths on Thursday. All non-core activities, including beer production, have been suspended.

However, Grupo Modelo, which operates 11 breweries in Mexico, cited the fact that 15,000 families and 800,000 grocers depend on the sale of beer for their income, so stopping production altogether could have a devastating economic effect.

“If the federal government deems it appropriate to issue clarifications confirming that beer is an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working from home and guaranteeing at the same time supply. of beer, ”the statement read.

With agriculture and food production seen as core activities, an adjustment to the ban would allow breweries to resume production. In many U.S. cities, liquor stores were seen as essential businesses, so they were allowed to stay open while other food businesses, like restaurants, closed.

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