The destruction of these liters of beer, are not consumed in time because of the containment, weakens the brewers. They ask for financial assistance.
The new will be the penalty to all the nostalgic bars : at least 10 million liters of beer are going to be destroyed because of the confinement. "The abrupt closure of cafes, restaurants, stopping tourist activities and the cancellation of all festivals and fairs has left over 10 million litres of beer, primarily in kegs, in pain," announced the union of professional Brewers of France, on Tuesday.
This figure is one of the lessons learned by Brewers in France to a consultation conducted in late April with its 300 members, who represent 98% of the French production. "The destruction of this beer will also have a non-negligible cost for the companies", says the union, that calls on the public authorities.
Sector highly indebted
Among the many actions called for by the brewers, an aid to the "destruction of the stocks of beer", as the call for growers to Brussels for the wine. If these 10 million litres seem a small thing in the light of the 22.5 million hectoliters of wine were produced for 2020 (estimate), they represent several million euros of losses for brewers sometimes fragile financially.Your support is essential. Subscribe for $ 1 support Us
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"It is a sector that is highly indebted, since it has invested € 241 million in the development in 2019, a significant figure for a turnover of a little more than 4 billion euros," said AFP Maxime Costilhes, director general of Brewers of France.
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the Main reason of this destruction, the beers in vogue, often non-pasteurisées, on the contrary, lagers classics, are more fragile. "These are beers to be very hoppy, and if you keep them too long, when they exceed two to three months of conservation, the effect of scent and the effect of taste, aroma, disappears", explained Maxime Costilhes. This figure of 10 million litres relates to the beer stored in the brewer, according to Maxime Costilhes, for whom it is a base that can only grow."
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Approximately 25% of the breweries are currently off, due to lack of activity, according to the study, and "70% of the breweries reported a loss of 50% of revenue or more since 15 march". If near a brewery on the two received a loan guaranteed by the State, and one in four of the solidarity fund, "a plan to revive the strong must support the recovery" of the cafes, hotels and restaurants and tourism, believes Brewers of France, which also calls for an exemption of employer contributions and production to 2020.