Aluminum cans are becoming harder to come by, sparking concerns for beer and soda drinkers.
Demand for cans has gone up as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. As consumers kick back on their couches or patios, some manufacturers have been working to crank out enough of the beverage containers, multiple news outlets reported.
“Everyone who makes anything that goes into a 12-ounce can is being challenged to some respect,” Adam Collins, spokesperson for beer maker Molson Coors, told CNN Business.
What could be behind the trend?
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, health experts have encouraged people to avoid crowded places. Concerns about the virus have also prompted officials across the country to put restrictions on bars and restaurants, meaning many may not be getting their favorite drinks at a soda fountain or on tap.
“The aluminum beverage can manufacturing industry has seen unprecedented demand for this environmentally friendly container prior to and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” industry group the Aluminum Association told USA Today. “Many new beverages are coming to market in cans, and other long-standing can customers are moving away from plastic bottles due to ongoing environmental concerns around plastic pollution.”
It’s also possible people have created at-home stockpiles of their favorite beverages.