As states and municipalities enact shelter-in-place or similar orders that make distinctions between essential and non-essential businesses, we want to address how BSG is classified in these scenarios.
As part of the supply chain for agriculture and food production BSG is considered an essential business, therefore we are continuing operations to serve and support the craft beverage industry. BSG’s customer service, order lines, sales team, and distribution centers remain open for your needs during this unprecedented time.
Here are some key points we’d like to share:
Updated March 27, 2020
At Rahr Corporation, the health and safety of our employees, our business partners, and our customers is of the utmost importance to us.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop, we have already taken measures to ensure the continued safety and availability of our products – learn more about these measures below. Effective immediately, we are implementing further measures to help ensure the continued safety of our employees, colleagues, and products:
After careful consideration, the Rahr family of companies (Bevie, Bintani, BSG, BSG Canada, BSG Hops, Bushel Boy, Koda Energy, Gambrinus Malting, Rahr Malting Co.) has made the decision to suspend all non-essential business travel until further notice. Additionally, visits to our facilities will be limited to only those critical for continued operations.
Sites, events, and activities that will be affected include but are not limited to:
We hope you understand the necessity for these measures, and we apologize for any inconvenience they may cause. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available, and as the situation continues to develop.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to minimize the negative impacts of COVID-19 on our industries, communities, and families.
Updated March 16, 2020
Our food safety and supply chain teams are monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it occurs in the US and abroad. We understand that customers may have questions about our preparedness and the safety or ongoing availability of the products we provide and have tried to address a broad range of concerns in the information below.
Regarding COVID-19 and the food supply chain, the following information is available:
-Per the FDA (13 Mar 2020): “Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.”
-Per the CDC: “ . . . transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented.”
-Per the Fresh Produce Association: “There is no evidence that fresh produce (or any other food, or other product/material) can transmit the virus.”
-The Food Safety Authority of Ireland was also referenced by the Fresh Produce Association: “Experience with SARS and MERS suggest that people are not infected with the virus through food. So, it is unlikely the virus is passed on through food and there is no evidence yet of this happening with Covid-19 (coronavirus) to date.”
Employees are expected to:
Increased sanitization of surfaces has been implemented at all facilities in accordance with the guidance from various domestic and international health organizations
While the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak does have the possibility to impact global supply chains, BSG’s Logistics, Operations, and Supply Chain teams are working with our suppliers and carriers in an effort to minimize the effects of these disruptions on our customers. As we maneuver the challenges of this outbreak we do recommend increasing your lead times to reduce the risk of a service disruption. We will provide updated information as this situation continues to develop.
Operations leadership members have implemented actions to distance employees in various ways from each other with the goal of creating backup teams for production staff in the event one shift/team/department is widely affected by symptoms or confirmed cases of COVID-19. These actions include, but are not limited to:
We believe in transparency, so please reach out with any critical food safety or product availability concerns.
Please understand we may experience above-normal volumes of requests for information and increased utilization of sick time, so please be patient with our response times.