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Brewers should be reimbursed for costs for spoiled beer


Beer sales in Germany collapsed due to unusual festivals and closed pubs, and many brewers poured away draft beer. Now at least financial help is in sight.

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Restaurants: tight.

Folk festivals: canceled.

And the beer actually intended for this: often had to be dumped.

The brewers, who have been badly hit by the corona restrictions, should therefore now be reimbursed for the costs of the spoiled beer.

A spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Economics said that this was decided when the federal states were in contact with the responsible federal ministries.

The compensation should therefore take place within the framework of bridging aid III.

Brewers can write off 100 percent of the value of the goods, and excess draft beer can be claimed as fixed costs.

In addition to the brewers, winemakers should also benefit.

The federal government's information on this would be adjusted during the day.

Draft beer in particular is almost impossible to sell during the corona crisis.

Since the expiry date is approaching or being exceeded with more and more barrels, according to the brewers in Germany beer worth millions had to be poured away.

Some breweries also gave away the beer.

Aiwanger: Bavarian brewers were heard in Berlin

The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) rated it as "an important success of our policy that the voices of Bavarian brewers were heard in Berlin and that they now receive reimbursement for their excess draft beer".

He also called for an open perspective for the catering industry.

There were also calls for help for the brewing industry from other federal states.

At the beginning of the month, the managing director of the German Brewers' Association, Holger Eichele, complained: "The situation in the German brewing industry is dramatic and unprecedented in the post-war period." The crisis is "much deeper than the latest sales figures might suggest at first glance «.

According to an association survey, breweries suffered a drop in sales of 23 percent on average in 2020.

"The several months of lockdown in gastronomy, the ban on events and the collapse of important foreign markets hit the brewing industry hard." The Federal Statistical Office calculated that in 2020 5.5 percent or 508.2 million liters less beer would be sold than in the previous year.

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Source: spiegel

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