SAB halts beer production amid extended liquor ban

South African breweries have stopped beer production.

The country’s largest beer maker, South African Breweries (SAB), has halted all production following the extension of the government’s alcohol sales ban under lockdown regulations.

The government instituted the ban in late June as South Africa was hit by a deadly third wave of Covid-19 to keep hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients and free of related trauma cases. to alcohol. The ban was extended on July 10.

“As SAB enters [a sales] prohibition, it implements an orderly liquidation process whereby the brewing [that] are in progress are finished and no new brewing is started,” the company told Fin24.

The brewer added that it could not confirm whether this would lead to shortages once the ban is lifted, but said it is exacerbating the pressure the industry is under.

SAB also confirmed that its Pietermaritzburg depot was looted and “left bare”, while its Denver depot in Johannesburg suffered minor damage.

Brewer Carling Black Label added that one of its distributors was also looted, leading to damage to the vehicle and loss of stock. The company is assisted by the police, private security companies and the South African National Defense Force to ensure the security of its assets.

SAB is not the only alcohol producer to be hit by the looting, on Wednesday night the Savanna Distell maker’s distribution center in New Germany, Durban, came under attack for the second time.

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