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The Startling Reason Why Cokes Are Increasingly Harder to Buy

It’s almost like the toilet paper shortage all over again…

Grocery store customers have been buying items in bulk for months. Things like meat, eggs, flour, and other pantry items were, and still are, on everyone's shopping lists. A couple of things came from this: empty shelves, higher prices, and sales of more processed snack foods rising. But as people stay at home more because of the recent bar and restaurant closures, another grocery staple is disappearing.

Shoppers across the country are reporting outages of aluminum cans.

One grocery spokesperson in Pennsylvania said people simply want soda and beer at home since they can't go out.

"The result is significantly increased demand for aluminum cans and a shortage in the sense that nobody – beer, soda companies – can get enough to meet their long-term needs," Dennis Curtin told Pennsylvania Real-Time News. "They're buying an immense amount of cans but it is not enough over the long run."

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Companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola are acknowledging the shortage on Twitter. On June 30, the official @Coca-Cola account chatted with a fan who was looking for Mr. Pibb. "We are seeing a greater demand for products consumed at home, and we are taking measures to adapt to the demand. We are working closely with our customers and our suppliers to mitigate the challenge during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your loyalty to our beverages," they wrote.

The brand is consistently answering people's requests for more information about the shortage. But while Coca-Cola doesn't have an answer on when products will be back in stock, they are searching for people's zip codes on Twitter for stores that have customer's favorite drinks available.

Many breweries are working as quickly as possible to make enough beer to supply the increased demand. One manufacturer told a Houston news station that they are working to fill the backorders and that the trend of moving away from plastic packaging is also contributing to the aluminum shortage.

For help navigating grocery stores right now, check out our ultimate supermarket survival guide!

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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