Corona’s Mexican Brewery Shuts Due to Coronavirus But You Can Still Cop a Frothy Here

Well, we’ve all wondered if the coronavirus pandemic would eventually claim its namesake brew, and it appears after a few months of speculation, it may have. Corona (the beer) brewer Grupo Modelo has confirmed it is temporarily suspending beer production in what can only be described as the biggest hit to suburban dads since the football was cancelled. The news comes after the Mexican government ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in order to curb the growing rate of COVID-19 contraction.

“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its beer production and marketing operations, in compliance with the agreement published last March 31, which establishes extraordinary actions to address the health emergency generated by the SARS virus CoV2. We are in the process of lowering the production in our plants to the minimum necessary to avoid irreversible effects for its continuation in the future,” the company said in a statement.

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It’s a huge hit for the Corona brewer, which also operates brands Victoria, Pacifico, Estrella, Modelo Negra, Modelo Especial and Modelo Light. The company had previously indicated it was in the process of slowing production, but hadn’t completely stopped. According to Grupo Modelo, the production slow was designed to make it easier to resume once the health crisis was under control, suggesting close to 15,000 families and 800,000 grocers relied on beer production and beer sales for at least some of their income. It matters little for Mexican officials, with the government’s new rules set to see the taps run dry altogether.

But it’s not the final say for Corona. According to Grupo Modelo, the company is “ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer”. Further, the Mexican government could also choose to deem beer-making an essential service, meaning Corona would be free to operate as normal.

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Whatever the results, Aussie and US Corona fans shouldn’t be worried.  Bill Newlands, president and chief executive officer for Grupo Modelo US distributor Constellation Brands, says supply is locked and loaded. “We will continue working with local authorities, government officials and members of the community on next steps related to our brewery construction project in Mexicali and options elsewhere in Mexico,” he said. “In the meantime, it’s important to note that we have ample capacity, based on current growth forecasts and production capabilities at our Nava brewery and soon to be completed expansion in Obregon, to continue fueling the growth of our beer business in the medium-term.”

Good news, beer fans; Corona is still on the menu. For the time being, at least.

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