FILE PHOTO: A sign advertising discounted Corona beers is displayed at the front desk of the Osaka Corona Hotel in Osaka, Japan March 19, 2020. Picture taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mari Saito/File Photo
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Grupo Modelo said on Thursday it will temporarily stop brewing Corona beer and other brands exported to 180 countries after its business activities were declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
The Mexican government this week declared a health emergency and ordered the suspension of non-essential activities.
The brewer said in a statement that the suspension will go into place from Sunday.
“If the federal government considers it appropriate to issue some clarification confirming beer as an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are 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,” the statement said.
Grupo Modelo operates 11 breweries in Mexico.
Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Edwina Gibbs