top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

French brewers forced to destroy 10m litres of beer

French brewers will be forced to destroy at least 10 million litres of spoiled beer as a result of bars and restaurants being closed during two months of Covid-19 confinement.

In a statement this week, professional association Brasseurs de France, which has 300 industry members, said: “The brutal closure of cafés and restaurants; stopping tourist activities, and the cancellation of all of our festivals and shows has left 10 million litres of beer, mainly in barrels, languishing.”

The main reason for much of the destruction is because current popular beer, such as craft varieties - as opposed to more mainstream, “blonde” beer - is often non-pasteurised, and therefore spoils more easily.

The group added: “These are very hoppy beers, and if we keep them for too long - after two or three months' storage - the nose and the taste, the flavour…[it] disappears.”

It continued: “The destruction of this beer will have a not-negligible cost on businesses.”

The 10 million destroyed litres will represent a cost of several million euros, and a significant loss for businesses that are already financially fragile, the union said.

It is now calling for financial aid to help support small brewers, similar to that claimed by winemakers from the European Union for the wine industry.

The association has undertaken its own research into the current state of the industry after almost two months of confinement.

It found that around 25% of breweries had been forced to stop production due to a lack of demand. It also said: “70% of breweries have declared a loss of 50% in business, or more, since March 15.”

Confinement will start to be lifted from Monday May 11 in France, but restaurants, cafés and bars will not reopen straight away, and are likely to remain shut until at least June, according to the government's plans.

Related stories

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2022 (for 2021 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now