Say cheerio to home-brewed beer as manufacturer cuts yeast supply

Supplies of brewers yeast have been discontinued during the lockdown.
Supplies of brewers yeast have been discontinued during the lockdown.
Image: Anchor Yeast

Southern Africa's leading yeast manufacturer, Anchor Yeast, is immediately halting supplies of its 20g "Inkunzi malanga” brewers yeast which can be used to make beer at home.

A message about the withdrawal sent to retail shops by the company has made its way into the online public domain.

Joanne Clarke, director of consumer relations at Anchor Yeast, said on Tuesday that not all of the company's yeast products would be absent from shelves.

She said the move affects a specific product used to make home-brewed beer, and which is regarded as non-essential under the lockdown regulations.

“We have stopped supplying this product given that it may be used to make products that are non-essential foods. Both Anchor and Gold Star are proudly baking brands and we continue to supply the market so people can bake to feed their families or for pleasure.

“We have a number of products and are only temporarily stopping the supply of one. We are doing this to support the call by government to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections,” said Clarke.

In the letter circulating online, the company said: “We have reviewed our position on the sale of Anchor Brewers 20g and believe  it is not an essential good as defined by our government. Although it is yeast, it may be used to prepare offerings that fall outside  the scope of essential foods.

“We will, therefore, stop supplying with immediate effect until the end of the lockdown,  or until the brief from President Cyril Ramaphosa or the government changes.”

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