A message from Rahr about COVID-19

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:

  • All trade shows, conferences, and conventions through end of April 2020
  • Malthouse tours at Rahr Malting Co. & Gambrinus Malting
  • Tours of BSG’s Distribution Centers in the US and Canada
  • Greenhouse visits at Bushel Boy
  • Customer visits by our sales staff

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

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COVID-19 and Food Safety and Availability Information

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. 

Can food or other products transmit the virus?

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.”

Source: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

-Per the CDC: “ . . . transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented.”

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html

-Per the Fresh Produce Association: “There is no evidence that fresh produce (or any other food, or other product/material) can transmit the virus.” 

Source: https://www.unitedfresh.org/coronavirus-fresh-produce-industry-resources/

-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.”

Source: https://www.fsai.ie/faq/coronavirus.html 

What are the expectations of employees of Rahr Corporation to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on the food supply chain?

Employees are expected to:

  • Follow the GMP policies of the organization
  • When directly handling food, use single-use gloves
  • Adhere to the illness policy, and notify supervisors immediately about illnesses, especially about respiratory illness or symptoms
  • Wash hands at these times:
    • Before starting work
    • After handling waste
    • After cleaning duties
    • After using restrooms
    • After blowing nose, sneezing or coughing
    • After eating, drinking or using tobacco products
    • After handling money or personal items

Increased sanitization of surfaces has been implemented at all facilities in accordance with the guidance from various domestic and international health organizations

How has Rahr Corporation prepared to ensure continued availability of products we provide? 

  • The supply chain teams are communicating closely with suppliers, and planning inventory needs as best as possible as the situation changes.
  • 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:
    • Ensuring shifts do not personally interact, and sanitize workstations before leaving and when arriving to work
    • Augmented work from home policies
    • Augmented sick time policies
  • Travel and visitor restrictions have been implemented and will be reevaluated as the situation develops.

How can customers help us prepare?

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.