The Mexican Corona beer brewer said Thursday it was halting production over the COVID-19 pandemic due to the country’s health emergency. Grupo Modelo — whose brands include the Pacifico and Modelo — said the move was consistent with the order from the Mexican government to suspend all non-essential activities until April 30 to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Mexico’s government said that the only main industries like agri-business will continue to function. Grupo Modelo said it was able to operate with 75 per cent of its workers operating remotely to ensure the supply of beer if accepted by the government.
Another big beer maker in Mexico, Heineken produces the Tecate and Dos Equis brands. It may also suspend operations on Friday, the Reforma newspaper said. This is even though the company didn’t confirm the study. On Wednesday, Nuevo Leon’s northern province, where Heineken’s Mexican operations are based. It announced it would suspend beer production and distribution, which resulted in panic buying.
Corona beer is the subtext of jokes and memes since the onset of the virus epidemic. An online report said sales in the US dropped by around 40 per cent after the outbreak. However, Constellation Brands, which owns the Corona label, refuted the claim. This is at the end of February that sales had remained high. It is in the US as the virus spread internationally. More than 1,500 confirmed coronavirus cases and 50 deaths have been reported in Mexico so far.