Potatoes, cheeses, beer … Agrifood surpluses are a problem

During this period of health and economic crisis, there were first the products which disappeared from the stalls: flour, chocolate, rubber bands etc. Now there are also those we have in surplus. Latest example: the potato.

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450,000 tonnes of potatoes to sell

The Interprofessional Potato Group (GIPT) reported 450,000 tonnes of the tuber to be sold. The closure of restaurants, fast food outlets and canteens due to the coronavirus epidemic is hitting potato producers hard, while most of the harvest is due to resume in September.

GIPT has requested emergency aid from the government and the European Union. “For several weeks we have been trying to attract the attention of the public authorities, we have found possible outlets in animal feed, but we cannot bear all the additional costs for transport and logistics”, Bertrand Ouillon, GIPT delegate, told AFP, who estimates the budget needed to redirect stocks at 35 million euros.

According to the manager, for lack of outlets, “The risk is to see the development of wild deposits of potato waste in nature, which are vectors of infectious foci of fungal diseases or pollution by fermentation”. With a production of around 6 million tonnes per year, France is the world’s leading exporter of potatoes. Donations are planned to sell the surplus, but the GIPT fears that this is not enough in the face of the quantity.

Raw milk cheeses in danger

Same problem for local cheeses. Brie, munster, blue and other reblochons are not popular with customers who prefer hard cheeses, which keep longer. Part of the production has been sold towards industrial processing, in particular to make processed or spreadable cheeses, and some initiatives are emerging against waste, but producers are calling for help.

Some family dairies may not recover from the crisis, even though they often carry the local economy in rural areas. The government has already partially relaxed the strict conditions for collecting milk and the rules for ripening and storing PDO cheeses, to avoid waste. But specialists fear a necessary destruction of stocks.

Destruction of beer stocks

Inevitable destruction also among brewers, with at least 10 million liters of beer that must go in the trash. Again, the closure of restaurants and cafes sinks the sector, to which is added the cancellation of all festivals and other large gatherings. A quarter of the breweries have stopped, and 70% of them have reported a turnover halved since the start of containment.

No question of donations because these liters are no longer good. New trendy beers are often unpasteurized, unlike classic blondes. “These are very hoppy beers, and when they exceed two to three months of conservation, the aroma disappears”, Maxime Costilhes, managing director of Brasseurs de France, told AFP.

“The destruction of this beer will have a significant cost for businesses”, says the brewers’ union, which is asking for European aid, as are the winegrowers. The wine industry has asked for an allocation of 500 million euros in response to the coronavirus crisis. In addition to the epidemic which restrains consumption and trade, French wine is subject to a surcharge in the United States, in the context of an aeronautics dispute which has led to reprisals in other sectors. economic.


brewers dried up by the closure of bars

The world number two Heineken saw its sales volumes decrease by 14% in March. Small independent players are also very affected

The Dutch brewer suffers from the closure of bars, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs in many of the countries where it operates.
The Dutch brewer suffers from the closure of bars, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs in many of the countries where it operates. MAXPPP / Kyodo / MAXPPP

While Coca-Cola reported Tuesday a 25% drop in sales volumes in April, Heineken confirms that consumers are no longer thirsty for alcoholic beverages. On Wednesday, the Dutch brewer known for its Heineken, Amstel and Desperados brands reported a 2.1% drop in volumes in the first quarter, and 14% in March alone. As well as a net profit down by almost 70%, to 94 million euros. In question: “The large-scale containment measures taken by many countries, such as movement restrictions for populations and store closings, sometimes combined with the compulsory locking of production facilities”, explains the group in a press release.

“This initial impact of the Covid-19 crisis (…) should worsen in the second quarter of 2020”, adds Heineken. A fortnight ago, the group had already suspended all of its financial objectives. Even if it is very present in supermarkets,

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Munich: Oktoberfest 2020 – unbelievable what a table costs

Munich: Oktoberfest 2020 because of Corona before the breakout – it is unbelievable what sums are still required for a table

The Oktoberfest in Munich could be canceled this year.

The Oktoberfest in Munich could be canceled this year.

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Munich. The Oktoberfest in Munich is a top priority. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder wants to discuss with Mayor Dieter Reiter over the next two weeks whether and how the festival can take place this year.

In Munich There is great skepticism about the Corona crisis. Nevertheless, the beer tent tables are traded on the Internet at horrendous sums.

Munich: Oktoberfest 2020 in danger

“From the current perspective, I can hardly imagine that such a large event is even possible at the time,” said Söder in the “Bayerischer Rundfunk”. But nothing has been decided yet. The Wiesn tapping is planned for September 19 this year.

The Oktoberfest landlords have previously reserved their tables only for regular customers. In addition, some hosts have accepted reservations requests. So far there are no binding commitments.


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Horrific sums for tables

But because some customers are reselling the option to make a reservation, online trade is already in full swing. As reported by the “German Press Agency”, a platform on Thursday offered a place on the first Oktoberfest evening for just under 600 euros.

With another platform, there was a double table with space for up to 20 people to buy from 9999 euros. The cheapest ten table in the hacker marquee should cost 5449 euros.


This is the Munich Oktoberfest:

  • The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810
  • For the 100th anniversary in 1910, the beer record that is still valid today was set. At that time, the visitors drank an impressive 12,000 hectoliters – this corresponds to more than a million liters
  • The Oktoberfest did not take place between 1939 and 1948 due to the Second World War
  • Traditional tapping with the famous saying “O’zapft is!” Has been around since 1950. The mayor of Munich traditionally strikes the first barrel


+++ Oktoberfest 2019: THIS sad record was broken last year +++

Decision by the end of April

By the end of April, the final decision should be made as to whether the world’s largest fair can take place this year. (no with dpa)


Landon Donovan: Mexican players wanted to have beer

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It was barely four months that was in León, but those were enough for Landon Donovan to realize that Mexican players are not as professional as they should be.

In conversation with Fox Sports, the American footballer, who he barely played six Liga MX games with the emerald shirt, he pointed out the shortcomings he saw to clarify the differences between soccer players in the United States and Mexico.

“I was in León for four months with very talented players, but what I saw with Mexicans, and some South Americans, was that they were not dedicated and they wanted to drink soda, beer with your friends or they ate badly. They were not perfect professionals ”, he assured.

He refused to play with America

Landon Donovan also referred to the possibility that he had to play with America in 2012Although he pointed out that he preferred to go to Everton in England, because it offered him the comfort he wanted.

“I was thinking between America and Everton. I wanted to go to a place that was more comfortable for me. The reality is that I wanted to go to a good Mexican team, like Leon, not America,” he said.


The sale of beer, wine and fernet is prohibited in 50 localities of the country | Chronicle

With the argument that the intake of alcohol could incite to violate preventive and compulsory social isolation or promote domestic and sexual violence, the Dry Law was implemented in 50 locations in Argentina.

This measure applies to municipalities in ten provinces of the country. There are localities where the Dry Law was endorsed by the municipality, while in others it is a police regulation.

In this framework, trucks that distribute wine, fernet, beer and other alcoholic beverages may not circulate. In addition, businesses will have to wrap the refrigerators prohibiting the sale of these products.

The municipalities that applied the Dry Law are from the provinces of La Rioja, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, Salta, Córdoba, Neuquén, Chaco, Misiones, Río Negro and Jujuy.

In the case of The Rioja the governor Ricardo Quintela decreed the Dry Law and the transportation of alcohol throughout the province from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10 to 12:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13.

For his part, the Head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, pointed out that the Argentine capital “It will not accompany that measure.”

They prohibit the sale of beer, wine and fernet in 50 localities of the country because they would incite “Break the isolation”.

“They are overreaching, the wine is healthy and is listed as food and the presidential decree allows the manufacture and distribution of food and beverages.”

The reaction of some representatives of the sector affected by the Dry Law was immediate, as they assure that the industry itself was already hit hard by the quarantine before the closure of restaurants, bars and other shops.

“They are overreaching, the wine is healthy and is listed as food and the presidential decree allows the manufacture and distribution of food and beverages. We made a presentation, the municipalities cannot legislate over the provinces or the Nation“, He said José Alberto Zuccardi, President of the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR), in dialogue with BAE Business.

Likewise, Patricia Ortiz, president of Bodegas de Argentina (which groups 230 wineries from all over the country), described as “crazy” The dry law. “There is no scientific basis that 50 municipalities prohibit the consumption of alcohol”, Held.


Beer has to be thrown away because of Corona – news

Because the breweries are not allowed to sell beer that has already been produced for an unlimited period of time, old stocks must be destroyed.

Austria’s beer breweries are already experiencing drastic drops in sales due to the corona virus pandemic. As Stiegl managing director Thomas Gerbl in an interview with the “Press”complained that “the quasi-overnight”, the mainstay of the gastronomy and the hotel industry was paralyzed. Due to the currently applicable restrictions, his company is facing “massive challenges”.

Not only Stiegl faces this, but the entire industry. Employees were registered for short-time work in more than 30 breweries. As in other sectors, at least the worst should be prevented and jobs should be kept. Almost exactly 10 million hectoliters of beer were produced in Austria’s breweries in 2019. That should quench the thirst of the Austrians, because this amount corresponds to around two billion Krügerln.

Loss in sales of up to 70 percent

Brewery association chairman Siegfried Menz reports a drop in sales of up to 70 percent; on average, the slump in the breweries owing to the gastro barrier has leveled off at 40-50 percent. The small breweries are particularly affected.

For example, the Beaver Brewing Company pub brewery. This recently opened a second location in Vienna -Margareten. Now the brewery has been brought down to zero, master brewer Wolfgang Lenz reports to the “press”. Before Corona, he would have sold 120 liters of beer a day, currently there are only eight, despite the possibility of a pick-up service. Particularly tragic: he still has around 70 hectoliters of beer in the cellar, which he cannot get rid of. And because beer is considered a fresh product, it cannot be sold indefinitely – the beer will probably have to be destroyed.

Absence of major events

Even if Austrians consume beer at home, this cannot make up for the decline in sales, on the contrary. The industry noticed the absence of social activities. As is well known, neither football games nor concerts are currently taking place, a large source of income is no longer available.

The state also has to tighten its belt now. According to the brewery association, the state would generate annual revenues of around 1.2 billion euros. This amount will naturally be significantly lower in 2020. In order to be able to avert the huge economic catastrophe, the brewers are hoping for a return to everyday life soon.

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What our readers are looking forward to after corona isolation

Haarwuchs does not abide by exit restrictions. Our readers, whose heads may currently look like cabbage and beets, must also find out. Because when we ask what they will do first, should the strict corona rules be relaxed, many write: go to the hairdresser. A great blonde without a yellow tinge, only her hairdresser can do that, one reader knows. Many also want to get the figure back in shape if the relaxed provisions allow it. Workout at home is all well and good, but not the same as finally being able to go back to the swimming pool. Some would like to move into the gym right away.

See the family

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Most would, however, present themselves to their family without a previous visit to the hairdresser and with quarantine bellies. After all, grandmothers and grandchildren don’t care about shaggy hair or outgrown perms – the main thing is that you can finally hug yourself. Some, on the other hand, want to hug not only their loved ones in the distance, but also everyone who crosses their path and “gives them a kiss on the cheek out of joy”, as a reader writes on Facebook.

We can only hope that they won’t catch someone who doesn’t like meeting people anyway and therefore rather enjoyed the quarantine. Or a person who fears that the easing may come too soon – and therefore prefers to plan only for the time when there is finally a vaccine.

Going out

Everyone else is looking forward to restaurants, cafés, going to the cinema and their favorite bars. He absolutely wants to support the latter, a reader writes on Facebook, and “helps to compensate for a few of the lost earnings. These are going to be hard evenings ”.

Hopefully nobody will have to empty the barrels alone if they take friends with them. Many of them were missing in the time of the crisis: “Meeting with my girls and drinking lots of wine with everyone from a glass,” wrote a reader on Instagram to our question. Others are drawn to the fun fair, to the beer garden, to where many people are. At this point, of course, we would like to point out that it is urgent to wait until the situation has changed. After all, everyone needs a little hope.

earn money

Hope is also needed by those who are struggling financially with the quarantine period and who absolutely want to work again. Because for many, which is also clear in the answers to our question, the past few weeks were not a time of relaxed series watching, but one of waiting and hoping: but somehow to make ends meet and keep the job. Others have simply had to postpone important events and soon want to get married, move or celebrate a number of birthdays with family and friends.

Those who are not in existential needs take the question with humor. An old video is circulating on social networks again, in which the rapper Xatar, then still in prison, is asked what he will do first when he is outside again: eat a kebab skewer and drink an Ayran, he said. After all, the little things of everyday life should not be underestimated. Our readers also know this: “Grasping my face” or “Coughing in the supermarket without a guilty conscience” are things that they will do first, two of them wrote. Or just eat kofte.

And what are you going to do? Write it in the comments below this article.


Pandemic causes Corona beer to stop brewing in Mexico

Corona beer bottles

The Mexican beer brand suffered enormous image damage.

(Photo: AFP)

Mexico City It was only twelve months ago that Cassiano De Stefano celebrated the inauguration of a new, ultra-modern brewery in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. A production with the latest technology and a special laboratory to measure proteins and suspended matter in the beers. The head of the brewery enthused that the factory could brew up to 24 million hectoliters Grupo Modelo back then.

At that time, the Brazilian had been at the helm of the most important Mexican brewing group for just over a year. And like his company, he was focused on success and growth. After all, the best product in the wide range was selling better and better around the world – Corona.

But a lot has changed since then. A new virus with the same name as De Stefano’s beer is spreading rapidly around the world. Corona beer has not been brewed since Sunday in the new factory in Hidalgo or at Grupo Modelo’s other seven production sites in Mexico. The government did not consider the operation of the brewery as essential, as the group announced.

From one hundred to zero – the successful brewery that has been wholly owned by the large corporation since 2013 Anheuser-Busch InBev heard, the pandemic hits hard. But in times of global mass disease, it is very difficult to sell a mass product that bears the name of a virus that has infected more than a million people worldwide.

Brewery boss De Stefano knows that too. Google– Searches that linked the words corona, beer, and virus have been growing exponentially since January. Spots and jokes with the beer brand on social networks have been the order of the day ever since. There is massive image damage.

Cassiano De Stefano

The manager has spent almost his entire career at AB InBev.

(Photo: Grupo Modelo)

The fact that Corona launched an advertising campaign for new products in the USA in early March was a disturbing factor, winning the rapper Snoop Dog among others. The motto: “La Vida más Fina”, in German: “The finest life”. It also advertised “the immediate arrival” of the new “Corona product”.

The corona crisis is particularly bitter for the up-and-coming CEO of Grupo Modelo, who has been doing business in Mexico since January 2018. De Stefano is doing quite well, Corona, the star in Modelo’s portfolio, has sold extremely well worldwide and was one of the world’s best-selling beers.

Corona is exported to 180 countries. No other Anheuser-Busch InBev brand has been able to keep up with this recently. Now the beer is only brewed at the parent company in Belgium.

De Stefano, who comes from Santos in Brazil and has passed the best business schools in the USA, has been with AB InBev for over 20 years. He spent almost his entire career in the company in Brazil, interrupted by a two-year intermezzo in Russia. Then he went to Mexico.

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Beer brewers fear a wave of bankruptcies due to the corona crisis

Dusseldorf “It’s a nightmare,” says Peter König, sole owner of the “Im Füchschen” brewery in Düsseldorf’s old town. He hasn’t had a draft beer in two weeks, and the 1848 cult brewery had to close due to the corona crisis.

Otherwise, when the weather is fine, hundreds of guests stand in front of the “Füchschen” on Ratinger Strasse in the evening. Now the beer barrels are stacked up in the cellar at König. “I’ll probably have to pour it away. Because who is currently buying a ten liter barrel where fairs, soccer games, shooting and barbecues are prohibited? ”Asks the entrepreneur. His bottled beer for retail accounts for just eight percent of sales. He wanted to brew 43,000 hectoliters of Alt beer this year, this month it will be just 400 hectoliters.

König had to send his 123 employees on short-time work. “It was terrible, I was ashamed of it,” says the trained cook and brewer. At the same time, he is grateful to the state because otherwise he could not begin to shoulder the 420,000 euros in personnel costs per month. He is lucky that he can use the family-owned restaurant without renting it. However, the “Füchschen’s Eck” and two warehouses have a monthly rent of 19,000 euros. He has to pay them from reserves.

Most German brewers don’t have a thick financial cushion to endure a long corona crisis. The pandemic will have a dramatic impact on the 1,500 breweries in Germany, the German Brewers Association (DBB) predicts and warns of a bankruptcy wave. “We are experiencing a fatal domino effect: the conflagration in gastronomy is spreading to the brewing industry. Some companies generate 90 percent of their sales through the catering trade. That is now a thing of the past, ”says Holger Eichele, Managing Director of DBB.

The export business is also collapsing due to the global crisis. Ironically, the Corona hotspot Italy was the most important foreign market for German brewers with almost 3.4 million hectoliters of beer in 2019, followed by China with 1.8 million hectoliters. A total of 92 million hectoliters of beer were brewed in Germany, figures from the Federal Statistical Office show. The trend is declining.

Even the cancellation of almost all events from marksmen’s celebrations to weddings and sporting events hits the brewing industry particularly hard. “This brings many breweries to the brink of ruin,” fears Eichele. More than 1100 brewers in this country are small home breweries that produce less than 5000 hectoliters a year. Many of the almost 6000 traditional beers in Germany are now under threat. German beer culture may have lost diversity after the corona crisis.

Many breweries will not survive this crisis without government aid, the brewer’s association fears. The association sees the possible deferral of the beer tax, which totaled 650 million euros in 2019, as an important signal to relieve the industry. Emergency aid is even more necessary, but the sums are often not enough to survive.

After 400 years, the Werneck brewery gives up

This also applies to the Bavarian brewery Werneck, which now gives up after more than 400 years and closes at the end of September. “After the past three years had been on the up again and in 2020 had looked very good with many events, the corona virus put a spanner in the works,” said the Lang family, which employs 15 people.

“We are so incredibly tired from the struggle of the past few years. To have to negotiate up and down two cents per box. The industry is tough, ”says Christine Lang from the sixth generation of the brewing family. “It breaks our hearts,” she says tearfully in a farewell video to the family brewery from 1617.

The large brewers are less affected by restaurant closings, but still feel significant losses. With a last beer share of 17 percent, Veltins is one of the largest gastronomic breweries in Germany alongside Bitburger. “These are sales that can no longer be made up for,” says Veltins. The Bundesliga soccer league is also bitter for the sponsor of Schalke 04. And the canceled European Championship 2020 would have meant an additional 900,000 hectoliters of business.

Beer expert Marcus Strobl from market researcher Nielsen observes that the Germans bought eleven and twelve more beers and mixed drinks during the calendar weeks than in the previous year. This applies to food retailers without discounters. But these growth rates by no means make up for the slump in catering. “Beer is an emotional product. You drink it in good company and when you feel good, ”says Veltins. At home in quarantine, less beer is drunk.

Veltins is currently preparing a uniform discharge regulation for its 14,750 catering partners. The beverage wholesaler also suffers and remains on the beer for the catering trade. Veltins now wants to help wholesalers out of liquidity needs with millions of credits. “We want to send a clearly noticeable signal that we will make it easier for beverage wholesalers to stay on course in heavy seas,” said Michael Huber, General Representative of Veltins.

The private brewery Krombacher sells about every tenth beer in the catering trade. The business has now broken down and retail sales have largely remained stable. There would soon be many marksmen’s festivals in the region, which are now also being dropped. Krombacher is also in discussions with its contract innkeepers about leases and beer purchases. Any deferral will be decided in each individual case.

Seasonal workers for hop care are missing

The German brewers will soon face further adversity with hops. After two years of drought, the harvest could collapse again and the price could rise, fears Walter König, managing director of the Society for Hop Research. Because seasonal workers from abroad are missing. Because of the corona restrictions, many are no longer allowed or do not want to enter the country. This creates major problems in the Bavarian Hallertau, where almost 1,000 hop growers grow a third of the global hop volume.

From mid-April, around 15,000 helpers will be needed to clean and wire up the hop shoots by hand. This has to be done in a short time window of around three weeks. The Federal Government decided on Thursday to allow at least 40,000 seasonal helpers to enter the agricultural sector in April and May. But that doesn’t help the hop growers much. Because asparagus, strawberry and vegetable growers currently have an urgent need for helping hands.

Despite many calls, domestic replacements are not so easy to find. “Not everyone who believes that they can now earn something in the hop garden is suitable for it and can survive it,” emphasizes König. It is not for nothing that the plant managers rely on the well-established, long-standing working teams from Eastern Europe. He fears massive hops supply shortages for the brewing industry. This could lead to market distortions with extreme cost increases.

Füchschen brewer Peter König from Düsseldorf has other concerns at the moment. In the meantime, he has increased his overdraft facilities with the Stadtsparkasse and applied for loans with the KfW. “Hopefully they will come soon, even if I have to pay them back in five years,” says König. The deferral of the beer tax also helps. However, a medium-sized company of its size in North Rhine-Westphalia – unlike in Bavaria – is not entitled to emergency aid that cannot be repaid.

But even if the breweries open again, a certain reluctance to make contact and the guests’ reluctance should remain for the time being, König believes. He therefore wants to equip his waiters with fabric breathing masks with Füchschen motifs. Despite the crisis, the brewer tries to look ahead: “After all, the glass is always half full for a Rhinelander.”

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