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What’s going on with the shortage of aluminum cans?

As Americans quarantined, either voluntarily or because of state mandates, they stopped buying their favorite soft drinks or beer in restaurants or bars and fast food places. This prompted people to stock up on their favorite beverages at the grocery store, sort of like the toilet paper fiasco back in March.

And you have to admit that 12-packs of canned beverages are a lot easier to store on the shelf than a bunch of glass or plastic bottles.


“Beverages in convenient take-home packages like aluminum cans are particularly popular right now, and beverage company employees are doing all they can to make sure store shelves remain fully stocked,” the American Beverage Association, which represents companies that sell non-alcoholic drinks, said in a statement to CNN.

So yes, there may appear to be a shortage of aluminum cans, but looking at this in more detail, we also can see that it’s not that simple. Again, it is a matter of supply and demand. And we can blame the coronavirus pandemic, too.


Back in March, everyone began stocking up on those items most needed – cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels and food and beverages. America cleared the grocery shelves, meaning manufacturers had to race to fill those shelves again, and again.

So yeah, the run on canned drinks lead to a shortage in aluminum cans. And now that shortage is coming back to bite soda connoisseurs where it hurts the most.

Keurig Dr Pepper, the company that owns Dr Pepper and other beverage brands, is bemoaning the fact that there is an actual shortage of the beverage, according to Fast Company.


In a tweet, the brand acknowledged “We know it’s harder to find Dr Pepper these days” and went on to explain that the shortage was affecting all flavors of Dr Pepper—including the newest “Dr Pepper & Cream Soda.”

Keurig Dr Pepper didn’t respond to a query about aluminum can shortages, which have stalled production among brewers who have cut down on the beer brands they sell. If you think about it, all the companies can’t be running out of product, right? They just don’t have enough containers to put their product in.

“We appreciate your loyalty to our beverages and please know that we are working hard to keep the products you love on store shelves,” Coca-Cola tweeted.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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