Beer Shortage Warning Issued in the United Kingdom

Suppliers are already beginning to struggle with glassware shortages as rising energy costs have sent prices up by 80% over the past year. According to leading Scottish wholesaler Dunns Food and Drinks, the United Kingdom could soon be hit by a bottled beer shortage as glassware production costs skyrocket.

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The United Kingdom’s most popular alcoholic beverage is beer; in 2020 consumers spent over £7 billion ($8.75 billion) on the beverage.

According to the German beer industry, its small-and-medium-sized breweries are likely to be directly affected by glassware shortages.

Julie Dunn, who is the director of operations at the company said: “Our wine and spirits suppliers from around the globe are facing ongoing struggles that will have a knock-on effect,” she then added that “As a result, there could be less variety in the bottled beers we see on UK shelves.”

The situation leaves some brewers in a precarious state - and they may have to switch containers for their products - which would increase prices even more for consumers, according to Dunn. “Specialist bottles and glassware hold a very important place in the heritage of the beer industry and I expect that while some breweries will convert to cans to ensure consistent supply, others will look at this as devaluing the brand, so will inevitably pass the additional cost on to beer drinkers,” she added.

In fact, there are some Scottish brewers that are already using cans in order to keep packaging costs as low as possible; for example, Vault City Brewing, based in Edinburgh, has confirmed that from next month all of its beer will be sold in cans instead of bottles.