Grupo Modelo suspends production of Corona and other beer brands amid COVID-19

Mexico’s Grupo Modelo said that it will temporarily suspend the production of Corona beer and other brands, due to the Covid-19 emergency in the country.

The company, whose brands also include Pacifico and Modelo, said the measure was in line with the Mexican government’s order to suspend all non-essential activities until April 30, in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

‘‘We are in the process of lowering production at our plants to the bare minimum,’’ the brewer stated, adding that the suspension come into effect on Sunday.

Grupo Modelo also suggested that it could continue brewing with 75% of its staff working remotely, if the government ‘‘considers it appropriate to issue some clarification confirming beer as an agro-industrial product.’’

Under Mexico’s measures to contain the virus, agriculture and food production are among the sectors that are still allowed to operate.

The Dutch brewer Heineken, also said Friday that it will suspend production and distribution in Mexico, in response to the government’s orders to stop non-essential activities to contain the COVID-19.

So far, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico stands at 1,510, with 50 deaths related to the disease.

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