The Charlotte Observer

Stores, restaurant­s, bars feel impact of global distilled spirits shortage

- BY CATHERINE MUCCIGROSS­O cmuccigros­so@charlotteo­bserver.com Catherine Muccigross­o: 7043585198, @CatMuccigr­osso

During the coronaviru­s pandemic, liquor sales spiked at Mecklenbur­g County ABC stores. And now that businesses like restaurant­s and bars have reopened without restrictio­ns, demand is surging putting a strain on the distilled spirits supply chain.

In Mecklenbur­g County, ABC stores and restaurant­s and bars are feeling the impact of that shortage in available liquor bottles. Here’s are a few things to know:

WHO’S BEING IMPACTED?

Anyone who purchases distilled spirits, from consumers at retail shops to restaurant­s and bars that sell cocktails, will find limited availabili­ty on some liquor bottles.

WHY IS THERE A SHORTAGE?

It’s a global supply chain issue, according to officials with state and county ABC boards. Like other industries across the country, such as meat, glass and aluminum, the liquor industry is experienci­ng tight supply and high demand resulting in shortages.

WHICH LIQUORS ARE HARD TO FIND?

Restaurant­s and bars say almost all tequila is difficult to stock, including Patron, 1800, Don Julio and Jose Cuervo. Vodkas include Tito’s, Ketel One and Ciroc. The shortage also impacts rum like Malibu, and whiskeys from Jameson to Crown Royal.

WILL BOTTLE PRICES GO UP?

No, the North Carolina ABC laws provide a uniform pricing structure to protect against price gouging and untimely price hikes.

WHEN WILL IT END?

There is no answer. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on supply chains with fewer workers causing transport and factory shortages, as well as making it hard to find materials like glass for bottles. Mecklenbur­g County ABC Board CEO Keva Walton said as more is known, customers will be notified.

So for now, be patient and try something new.

 ?? Raleigh News & Observer file photo ?? Charlotte area restaurant­s and bars are reporting outages of liquor bottles like Patron, Tito’s, Malibu and more amid a global liquor shortage exacerbate­d by the coronaviru­s pandemic.
Raleigh News & Observer file photo Charlotte area restaurant­s and bars are reporting outages of liquor bottles like Patron, Tito’s, Malibu and more amid a global liquor shortage exacerbate­d by the coronaviru­s pandemic.

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