Buckfast say they will cease making the popular tonic wine with “immediate effect” due to coronavirus.
Instead, the company’s distribution network will now be used to deliver essentials across the UK.
Most staff have been sent home for their own “safety and wellbeing” as bosses acted on government advice on social distancing.
The firm’s distribution network will now be used to deliver essentials across the country.
Buckfast chief Stewart Wilson, said: “Given the unprecedented Covid-19 situation, we wanted to take time to update you on our position.
“With immediate effect our offices and production lines will temporarily close, this decision was not taken lightly, however we must act on the Governments advice.
“Our safety and wellbeing of our employees, and the wider community is of the utmost importance. We must play our part in helping to protect our NHS by asking our employees to stay at home.
“With the temporary closure, our distribution network will be freed up to play its part in delivering vital essential commodities across the United Kingdom at this time.
“Our production will commence as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding.”
Buckfast is produced in Devon, England.