A shortage of one of the most mundane items in daily life – the humble aluminum can – means beer fans are likely to find that some of their favorite brews are out of stock right now.The supply problem is prompting brewers like Molson Coors, (TAP) Brooklyn Brewery and Karl Strauss to cut back on the breadth of brands they sell and exacerbating concerns of out-of-stocks."Everyone who makes anything that goes into a 12-ounce can is being challenged to some respect," Adam Collins, Molson Coors' spokesperson, told CNN Business.One major factor is the coronavirus and changing habits related to it. Beer that would have ended up in kegs at restaurants and bars has shifted, along with other kinds of alcohol, to being sold in retail stores and through online channels and consumed at home – often in cans. The boom in pantry loading in the spring has compounded the problem by throwing brewer supply chains out of whack.
Can’t find your favorite soda flavor on the shelves of your local supermarket? There’s a reason — an aluminum can shortage has swept through the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic.What’s going on:Shoppers across the country reported seeing less soda flavors on their shelves than they previously thought.Coke Life, Mello Yellow, Sprite Zero, Fresca, as well as Pepsi products, seem to be missing from people’s stories.Companies are facing an aluminum can shortage, KHOU 11 reports. Can makers are trying to increase production but it hasn’t moved quickly.According to CNN, there’s also a shortage in artificial sweeteners, which has delayed the amount of soda released on shelves, too.Coca-Cola said: “Like many companies, we are seeing 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.”