10 Beverages Vanishing From Grocery Shelves This Year
From coins to hot peppers, this year has brought us many unexpected shortages in grocery stores. But it's the lack of aluminum cans that has had the biggest ripple effect in the food and beverage industry.
Because Americans have consumed their favorite canned beverages at home more than ever, soda and beer makers are struggling to meet demand for the standard 12-ounce cans of their product.
The shortage put pressure on an already troubled supply chain, and many companies like Coca-Cola had to prioritize the production of their bestsellers while the niche products fell by the wayside.
The following drinks have either not been offered for months or are missing from food shelves. For more information, check out 15 Classic American Desserts That Are Deserving a Comeback.
Local craft beer
Small local breweries are more affected by the aluminum can than the big ones. Amid the pandemic, beer producers have been canning their product against kegs as the closings of restaurants and bars resulted in kegs not being sold at all. This contributed in part to the massive shortage of aluminum cans that everyone was experiencing. While beer giants like Budweiser and Coors had the resources to stock up on the 12-ounce cans they needed to get their product to market, independent brewers are in trouble amid delays and price spikes associated with this commodity devices. Many regional manufacturers say their product was delayed by months, which means you may not be able to find your craft beer in store.
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Cherry Coke Zero
Cherry coke zero
Consumers noticed a shortage of certain Coca-Cola products in July. Soon the company got involved on social media, admitting that some of their drinks will be in short supply this year. Cherry Coke Zero was one of them as it is a niche product that the company likely did not prioritize due to limited production capacity.
Lovers of cherry flavor are really unlucky this year. Pibb Xtra is another cherry flavored soda that has been in the market for months. While some consider it a relic - it originated in the 1970s under the name of Mr. PiBB, Coca-Cola's response to Dr. Pepper - this vintage drink still enjoys a loyal following who would travel insane lengths just to get hold of a can. However, if there are signs of future events this year, fans may have to say goodbye soon.
Fresca, an iconic soda with a unique fresh citrus flavor, was hard to find on grocery shelves. In fact, even TV presenter Andy Cohen recently voiced his frustration at the lack of Fresca in his New York grocery store. "There's another Fresca shortage in Manhattan and I don't understand it," he grumbled in a video posted on Instagram Stories in September. "I don't understand! How, go on, Fresca!"
Vanilla flavored cola is a tiny niche, so it wouldn't be a surprise if it went away after this year when it's nearly impossible to find. Even the Coca-Cola official website doesn't have any sellers currently listing it, and it sells out on Walmart.com.
If you're a Coke fan but not the nervous one, you're probably desperately looking for a stash of decaffeinated Coke. However, this is another flavor that launched this year due to the increased demand for mainstream Coca-Cola products.
Dr. Pepper lemonades
Dr. Pepper soda
Coca-Cola isn't the only beverage giant hit by the can shortage. Dr. Pepper recently confirmed on Twitter that their products are currently harder to find in stores. "We're working on it - get stuck," the company said shortly. They made it clear that shortages are occurring with all of their products, including the latest supplement, Dr. Pepper & Cream Soda.
Minute Maid Zero Sugar Lemonade
Minute maid zero sugar
While this is another non-prioritized Coca-Cola product amid the pandemic, the availability of Minute Maid Lemonade's sugar-free line could also have been impacted by delayed imports of artificial sweeteners from China.
Odwalla smoothies have been discontinued this year and retailers stopped receiving new deliveries of the product in July. The stores have probably now been cleared of their leftover inventory, making it nearly impossible to find a bottle of Odwalla.
Zico coconut water
Zico Coconut Water is another product that is slated to be retired this year. Coca-Cola, which owns the brand, said the healthy drink will be discontinued and will leave grocery stores by the end of the year.
For more information, check out these 108 most popular sodas, sorted by toxicity.
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