A while back we reported that Corona beer’s sales had been impacted by the coronavirus. The beer and the virus coincidentally shared the same name. However, that’s before the virus became a global pandemic.

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Grupo Modelo, the company that produces Corona beer, announced on their Twitter that they would halt the production of the beer in Mexico. The Mexican government has apparently closed “non-essential” businesses, and the spirit company classifies as such.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the brewer of Corona beer, stated that the Mexican government should classify their product as essential. They also said that they are ready to enact a plan to “guarantee the supply of beer” if the Mexican government classifies the beer as an “essential” product.


Despite the name, the virus actually did not deter sales. Corona’s sales grew 8.9% in the first quarter of this year. Beer and alcohol sales rose in March and are rising in April due to the stay at home orders across the country.