Forced to dump beer, German brewers ask for state aid


Hamburg, Germany / 02.22.2021 10:44:57

German beer producers They asked the government for financial help after being forced to throw away the unsold product, to cope with reduced demand due to coronavirus lockdown, they reported Monday.

German bars, hotels and restaurants carry closed since the establishment of the second lockdown in November, after the first one that was imposed at the beginning of last year.

The companies They asked the German government for aid within the framework of national programs aimed at facilitating the recovery of the industry after the impact of the coronavirus. Berlin has allocated financial aid to bars and pubs, but not to beer producers.

« Every week more breweries, bars owned by beer companies and wholesalers are face closure for reasons beyond their control and are at risk of bankruptcy« says an open letter signed by some 300 brewers and published by the brewers associations DBB and VPBD.

Some of thes signatory companies They are Carlsberg Deutschland, a unit of Danish brewery Carlsberg, Bitburger Braugruppe, Krombacher and Paulaner Brauerei.

« The confinement and subsequent collapse of the draft beer market it supposed that the breweries lost of the overnight great part of their economic foundations « , affirms the letter.

« They have had to scrap stocks worth many millions of euros because they have passed their expiration date. « 

Retail bottled beer sales were « not nearly enough » to make up for the loss of sales in the hospitality sector and weak exports, the brewers said.