How food and beverage companies are handling coronavirus

Travel advisories, supply chain and other factors

Food and beverage companies have not been immune to the economic impact of the coronavirus emergency.

From factory employees being asked to stay home to the enhanced quality control by the Food and Drug Administration regulations, here are some of the brands that have been affected by COVID-19 and the efforts underway to keep consumers safe in the U.S.

FDA supply chain update

"We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging," the FDA announced Thursday in a statement. "However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods."

The administration that monitors both food and drug supplies also shared news earlier this week that it has enhanced efforts to monitor food safety to screen, examine, sample and alert imported goods.

"There is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods," the FDA said. "As noted, this remains a dynamic situation and we will continue to assess, and update guidance as needed."


"We do not anticipate a shortage of Diet Coke or Coke Zero," Scott Leith, Vice President of global external and financial communications told ABC News.

The company shared updates on the expected impact of COVID-19, including the delays in the Chinese supply chain for non-nutritive sweetners, in its recently filed 10-K.

China is ranked as the third-largest global market for Coca-Cola in terms of unit case volume and the company said it still sees great opportunity in China, where they will continue to invest for long-term growth.


The Swiss multinational food and drink conglomerate has yet to shut down production and is relying on its U.S. operations.

"All of Nestlé’s distribution centers and factories remain open. Please take note that Nestlé US sources the vast majority of its raw materials locally," a spokesperson for the company told ABC News.

Earlier this week, it halted business travel abroad to Asia and Italy as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.


The privately held global food conglomerate that distributes ingredients and resources for a variety of consumer products worldwide announced that it has also stopped travel for employees as a result of coronavirus.

"As coronavirus continues to impact people across the globe, we are committed to taking every precaution to help keep our employees healthy and safe—and to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus," the company said. "Based on input from the World Health Organization and other agencies, we have announced that Cargill has stopped all non-essential, international business travel for the next two weeks. This includes travel across countries within a region, whether by air, train or other mode of transportation."


The European alcohol drink-maker behind Guinness, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and more, reported consumption drops in South Korea, Japan and Thailand.

The company's latest financial forecasts indicated that the lower consumption as a result of the coronavirus has caused "significant disruption" since the end of January and could take a $259 million loss in sales.


The French-based beverage company behind Evian and other bottled water announced that it closed its factory in Wuhan, China -- its second largest market -- as a result of COVID-19.

"While we cannot currently predict the duration and extent of the impact of [the coronavirus], we remain extremely vigilant and are closely monitoring the situation every day, working hand in hand with the local authorities," the company said in a statement.