Grupo Modelo Halts Production of Corona Beer During Wuhan Virus Outbreak in Mexico
The Epoch Times reported that Grupo Model, which makes and exports Corona beer, will be suspending its operations after the Mexican government declared that their breweries were non-essential.
The company updated its followers in a news release on Twitter earlier this week and said it will be 100 percent committed to containing the spread of the Wuhan Virus.
“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its production and marketing operations for beer,” Grupo Modelo wrote in its press release, according to a translation. The company said it came to an agreement with the Mexican government to take “extraordinary actions to attend to the health emergency generated.”
“In the event that the federal government considers it opportune to issue a guarantee confirming beer as an [essential] agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75 percent of our staff working from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer,” the statement added.
The Mexican government declared a health emergency and ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses. The number of Wuhan Virus cases reached 1,500 as of Friday, April 3, 2020. Fifty deaths have been reported so far.
Food production and agriculture in Mexico are deemed essential activities.
Brewing titan Anheuser Busch InBev is Grupo Modelo’s parent company.
Since the outbreak of the Wuhan Virus , Corona beer has been the center of ridicule on the Internet. Some speculated that the company’s beer sales plummeted by a considerable amount since the beginning of the outbreak.
However, the company dispelled these rumors and said sales have remained strong during the pandemic.
All eyes will be on Mexico in the next few months.
A prolonged global economic crisis could potentially send Mexico’s dysfunction up north to the U.S. That means armed cartels and other corrosive elements of Mexican society could be overflowing our borders if the U.S. government doesn’t get its act together.
In such a time of economic and political uncertainty, the U.S. should be serious about closing its border.