Venezuela’s largest beer maker halted the last of its four production plants on Friday in a spat with the government over access to foreign currency, threatening a shortage in a nation already hit by severe scarcities of food and other products.
Empresas Polar, the largest private company in Venezuela, had warned it would end production on Friday because President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government was refusing to release it dollars to import malted barley under strict exchange controls.
Operations at Polar’s plant in San Joaquin, which had been its last still in production, were stopped on Friday morning, a company spokeswoman said. “With this, activities at the four plants of Polar Brewery are halted,” she added.
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