Molson Coors Beverage Company Announces Updates Related to COVID-19

GOLDEN, Colo. & MONTREAL — Molson Coors Beverage Company (NYSE: TAP; TSX: TPX) today announced several initiatives aimed at protecting and supporting employees – including requiring employees to work from home if they are able, creating a new voluntary paid leave program, thank you pay incentive and paid leave policy, and implementing additional measures to protect its employees who are still working on site. The company is also announcing that it is withdrawing, in its entirety, its financial outlook for 2020 and beyond that was previously provided on February 12, 2020 due to uncertainty regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Molson Coors president and chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley said, “These are challenging times for the world and our company, and our priority is to ensure the safety of our people and the stability of our business. I’m proud of how resilient our people have been during this time, including the people who brew, package and ship our quality beers and keep our breweries and business running. I can’t thank them enough. I am also proud of how our teams are stepping up to take care of our communities who need our help more than ever.”

Over the past weeks the company rolled out additional actions to help ensure the health and safety of its people and aims to continue building on these efforts as they have over the past few weeks. These actions include:

  • Indefinitely extended the work from home recommendation for all employees and contractors across North America who are not doing business-critical on-site activities.
  • Created a new voluntary paid leave program for the entire month of April, available to any employee whose work must be done on site and is at high risk for severe outcomes of coronavirus. Under the program, employees deemed by federal health authorities to be at high risk may elect paid leave of 60% of their regular wages.
  • Instituted a thank you pay incentive for brewery and Molson Coors distribution employees, both hourly and salaried, whose work must be done on site. All hourly brewery employees will receive an additional $5 for every hour of work, including any overtime pay. Salaried brewery employees whose work must be done on site will receive an additional $200 per week.
  • Created a new paid leave policy, adding up to 80 hours of paid leave to ensure anyone who contracts the coronavirus or is forced to self-quarantine can do so without losing pay or being forced to use their normally allotted sick leave.
  • Implemented additional measures to protect our employees who are still working on site to maintain brewing, supply chain and sales operations, including stepped up cleaning and sanitizing processes and encouraging social distancing.

The U.S. federal government’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance lists industries that are considered essential, including food/beverage manufacturing and distribution such as Molson Coors. This guidance has ensured the company’s brewery and distribution operations can remain operational during state and local “stay-at-home” orders.

Molson Coors is also stepping up to take care of vulnerable communities who have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company donated $1 million to the United States Bartenders Guild, a non-profit that supports bartenders and service industry professionals, and provided 50,000 cans of water to the Denver branch of the Salvation Army to help nourish Denver’s homeless population in the face of water shortages since being forced to turn off their water fountains to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The company is also producing hand sanitizer at multiple craft breweries to support the growing need from first responders and in the health care industry.

Overview of Molson Coors Beverage Company

For over two centuries Molson Coors has been brewing beverages that unite people for all of life’s moments. From Coors Light, Miller Lite, Molson Canadian, Carling, and Staropramen to Coors Banquet, Blue Moon Belgian White, Saint Archer Gold, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Creemore Springs and more, Molson Coors produces some of the most beloved and iconic beer brands ever made. While the company’s history is rooted in beer, Molson Coors offers a modern portfolio that expands beyond the beer aisle with sparkling cocktails, hard coffee, canned wine, kombucha, cider and more.

Molson Coors Beverage Company is a publicly traded company that operates through Molson Coors North America and Molson Coors Europe, and is traded on the New York and Canadian Stock Exchange. The company’s commitment to raising industry standards and leaving a positive imprint on our employees, consumers, communities and the environment is reflected in Our Beer Print and our 2025 sustainability targets. To learn more about Molson Coors Beverage Company, visit

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