|Manufacturer||Grupo Modelo, AB InBev|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|Alcohol by volume||4.5%|
Corona Extra is a pale lager produced by Cervecería Modelo in Mexico and owned by AB InBev in Belgium. It is one of the top-selling beers worldwide. Corona is commonly served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the neck of the bottle to add tartness and flavour.
According to Sinebrychoff, a Finnish company owned by the Carlsberg Group, Corona Extra contains barley malt, corn, hops, yeast, antioxidants (ascorbic acid), and propylene glycol alginate as a stabilizer. Propylene glycol alginate is a synthetic, colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid that belongs to the same chemical class as alcohol.
Corona beer is available in a variety of bottled presentations, ranging from the 207 ml (7.0 U.S. fl oz; 7.3 imp fl oz) ampolleta (labeled Coronita and just referred as the cuartito) up to the 940 ml (31.8 U.S. fl oz; 33.1 imp fl oz) Corona Familiar (known as the familiar, Litro or Mega). A draught version also exists, as does canned Corona in some markets.
In Spain, the beer is branded as Coronita (literally, 'little crown'), as renowned winemaker Bodegas Torres has owned the trademark for "Coronas" since 1907. The packaging is otherwise unchanged. In the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the US, smaller, 210ml (7 fl. oz) bottles of the beer are also branded as "Coronita".
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Corona was a longtime sponsor of boxing in Mexico, including sponsorship of Saturday night fights on Televisa, but reduced its sponsorship after Anheuser-Busch InBev took full control of the brand. In the United States, Constellation Brands continues to sponsor boxing through Corona, most notably with undefeated featherweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Corona was the title sponsor of the LPGA Tour tournament Corona Championship (later Tres Marias Championship) from 2005 to 2009, and of the NASCAR Corona Series (now NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series) from 2004 to 2011, the most followed stock car racing series in Mexico.
In addition, Corona is a "second sponsor" for four of Mexico's top-flight professional football teams of the First Division. The teams sponsored by Corona are Puebla, Club León, Chiapas F.C., Monarcas Morelia, América, Toluca, Atlas, and Santos Laguna. Corona also sponsored the Mexico national football team.[when?]
Corona and the ATP had a 5½ year sponsorship in which Corona was the ATP's premier worldwide sponsor.[when?] Corona was also the title sponsor of the SBK Superbike World Championship from 1998 until 2007.
Use in cocktails
As of February 2020, after the COVID-19 coronavirus spread throughout China, Corona suffered a $170 million loss in earnings in the country. The company attributed the sales drop to fewer people going out in public, with many bars and restaurants being forced to close down. Multiple brands of beer experienced relative sales slumps in the country, as the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus had generally dampened public activities. Sales were typically high over the period, due to Chinese New Year celebrations.
CNN reported that a survey by 5W Public Relations said 38% of Americans would not buy Corona "under any circumstances" because of the outbreak, and another 14% said they would not order a Corona in public. The survey was conducted via phone of 737 American beer drinkers over the age of 21 on February 25 and 26, 2020. The PR firm's news release said the survey was done "regarding their opinions about the popular Mexican beer brand, Corona, as a result of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus that's spreading around the world." The company did not publish detailed methodological data. The question responsible for the 38% statistic ("Would you buy Corona under any circumstances now?") did not explicitly mention COVID-19 as a motivation, which might have instead indicated a preference for a different brand of beer. Among regular Corona drinkers, only 4% said they planned to stop drinking the brand. Fox News’ Katherine Timpf, referring to a statistic from the survey that 14% do not want to order a Corona beer in public, said “that I understand because then you have to deal with some bartender who’s a wannabe comedian.”
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