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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-13/1586 – measures in Latvia
|Country||Latvia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 27 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 December 2020 (updated 26 January 2021)|
Crafts beer producer Labietis, reacting to the new situation, was one of the first to start door to door delivery of the alcoholic beverages. On 21 March 2020 the government ruled, that it will be allowed to sell the alcoholic beverages over internet during the emergency state declared in connection with the spread of COVID-19 (later extended to 31 December 2020).
Previously crafts beer producer Labietis sold 75% of its beer in self owned four bars, part of it in HORECA and the rest in supermarkets. According to the one of the owner of the brewery – in one day they were left only with the supermarkets, resulting in a loss of turnover up to 80%.
On 21 March 2020 the government ruled, that it will be allowed to sell the alcoholic beverages over internet. In a couple of days the company managed to build an online shop. The owner of the brewery jokingly says that the bartenders quickly retrained as logistics specialists, and they were able to do same day delivery. Later the cooperation started with the delivery service provider, who provides newt day deliveries all over the Baltic States. The delivery in Riga is done by the company itself, thus retaining employees.
The owner of the brewery recognizes, however, that deliveries at the moment are not a success story, but an attempt not to stop working altogether - instead of reducing turnover by 90%, it may be able to prevent it from shrinking by more than half.
No information to report.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No social partners involvement.
No specific views to report.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C11 Manufacture of beverages|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Crafts beer producer Labietis changes distribution channels, measure LV-2020-13/1586 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2020-13_1586.html
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