Grupo Modelo is pausing production of Corona beer because of covid-19
But the unfortunate name coincidence *hasn’t* affected sales
Grupo Modelo, the company which brews Corona, has said it will be temporarily stopping production of the beer.
The announcement comes after the Mexican government laid out new orders aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Under the new order, the brewer’s business activities are non-essential, and all non-essential activities have been suspended until the end of April. According to Johns Hopkins, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has 1,890 confirmed cases as of Sunday April 5.
Grupo Modelo, which also makes Modelo and Victoria, operates 11 breweries in Mexico.
But don’t panic; there won’t be a corona shortage anytime soon. According to a CNN report, Constellation Brands CEO Bill Newland confirmed “ample supply to meet customer demand”. (Constellation Brands distributes Grupo Modelo beers in the US).
It might surprise you to learn that sharing its name with a destructive virus *hasn’t* actually been bad for sales. CNN reports that Constellation said sales of its beer grew 8.9% for the first three months of this year; Modelo and Corona were the top sellers. Beers grew 24% in the first three weeks of March, compared to a year ago.