Problems with the supply chain have affected supplies of consumer goods around the world, but now it’s coming to the spirits sector. According to local news reports across the United States, alcohol shortages are leaving shelves empty and consumers thirsty.
The causes of alcohol shortage give a smaller class in economics. Take on labor shortages involving shortages of truck drivers, dock workers and warehouse workers, then shake it up with backed up docks, slower manufacturing processes and more expensive raw materials, and you will get a quick lesson in how the supply chain’s economy has a direct impact on small businesses across the United States Everything from the job market and the sudden reopening of bars to the lack of glass bottles and aluminum cans are blamed for liquor shortages reported in Winooski, Vermont; Durham, North Carolina; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“I never had it just,” a bar manager in Durham, NC told local ABC news station.
It is not only the lack of glass that has small breweries and distilleries. Lack of packaging material (from paper to labels to crowns sitting on top of bottles) also causes disruption to liquor retailers of all stripes. “We can produce beer,” said Mac McHugh, general manager of the Heidelberg Distributing Company, Ohio’s largest beer and spirits distributor, ABC Action News. “Our breweries have lots of beer. They just do not have bottles and barrels and cans to put it in. ”
Local news reports in some states suggest that the shortage is hitting some regions harder than others. In northeastern Ohio, for example, Bare owners over that they can not store certain well-known brands like Tito’s Vodka and Patron Tequila. “Bourbon is notoriously difficult to get in Ohio,” according to a local news report from Richmond Heights, Ohio. The ABC News report profiles a bar owner who claims that “some liquor brands have been sold out for so long that customers are trying to bring their own favorite bottles.”
Some states saw the shortage of glass come back a few months. In early May, distilleries in Minneapolis, Michigan began sounding the alarm about the shortage of glass bottles. Back in May was Copperwing, a distillery based in St. Louis. Louis Park, already running out of the 375ml and 750ml glass bottles they sell their liquor. The distillery investigated “alternative” forms of bottling, the company told CBS News and was worried that they would not be able to get their products out to consumers this summer.
Since there is no specific cause for alcohol deficiency, there is no solution or timeline for dissolution. That said, representatives of state liquor agencies, quoted in news reports, said most brands are expected to return to the shelves soon, and that in most cases, if a consumer’s first choice was not available, it probably would be.