MEXICO CITY (1) - Mexican tequila makers have sought to dispel issues that their exports to the US will dry up, after two giant brewers within the nation suspended manufacturing to adjust to authorities guidelines put in place due to the brand new coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: A farmer, also called a jimador, harvests blue agave in a plantation in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photograph
“Neither in the US nor in Canada are there restrictions on manufacturing and promoting alcoholic drinks,” the president of the Mexican tequila chamber, Rodolfo Gonzalez, mentioned in an interview.
This week, Heineken and Grupo Modelo each mentioned they might halt manufacturing in Mexico after the federal government declared a well being emergency and ordered suspension of non-essential financial exercise.
It precipitated a storm on social media and huge strains in some native supermarkets as Mexicans sought to inventory up on beer.
Mexican tequila makers, nonetheless, interpret the newly imposed guidelines in a different way.
Gonzalez mentioned the sector was nonetheless anticipating development charges of between 4% and 5% for this yr - whilst the brand new coronavirus is denting gross sales to bars, eating places and resorts worldwide.
America and Canada are the most important export markets for the emblematic Mexican alcoholic beverage, with the chamber reporting about $2 billion in gross sales revenues throughout 118 international locations yearly.
Gonzalez mentioned the labor-intensive harvest of the prized agave plant would proceed as a result of agricultural manufacturing is taken into account a vital financial exercise, even when the manufacturing of alcoholic drinks isn't.
Gonzalez mentioned stopping crop manufacturing would have extreme penalties for tequila makers.
“We have now to end planting all of the agave for the 2020 cycle by subsequent month,” Gonzalez added. “If we had been to droop our actions it might trigger irreversible injury.”
Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Modifying by David Gregorio