German beer producers have complained about the need to destroy millions of liters of beer. This is stated in a statement by the Association of German Brewers (Deutscher Brauer-Bund, DBB).
Due to restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers were unable to sell perishable goods. In particular, they pointed out that the authorities had closed catering establishments, and “the end of the second lockdown, in effect since the beginning of November 2020, is not expected.”
The damage to the companies in the industry amounted to millions of euros. At the same time, the country’s leadership deprived the brewing industry of support, since breweries are not considered gastronomic outlets and do not receive a sufficient amount of state aid.
“1,500 German breweries were left empty-handed. We are talking mainly about medium and handicraft enterprises that have survived world wars, economic and currency crises – and are now experiencing the end through no fault of their own, ”summarized in DBB.
Last year, Germany’s GDP fell by five percent and is expected to grow by three percent in 2021. However, the German economy could suffer a “serious setback” if the authorities decide to extend the severe restrictive measures due to COVID-19 for several more months, according to the report of the country’s central bank. The Central Bank also clarified that in the last three months of 2020, the German economy showed zero growth, since the decline in the hotel business and retail trade was offset by a rebound in industry and construction.