Liquor shortages put a damper on upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas holidays

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Liquor purveyors from across the U. S. are warning customers that their favorite spirits might not be readily available as the Thanksgiving holiday hits, pointing to several supply chain issues causing the empty spaces on shelves that might not be filled in the near future.

Lisa Hawkins, Distilled Spirits Council senior vice president of public affairs, told FOX Business, "The spirits industry, like numerous others, is being impacted by shortages of glass, pallets, containers and drivers."

"With the holidays around the corner and inventory levels low in some cases, customers should be on the lookout now if they have a very specific bottle of spirits in mind," Hawkins added.

"You have shipping problems, you have glass shortages, you have the aging requirements that need to be met – dealing with all of those things at once," Lansing, Michigan, Booze Barn manager Daniel Mitchell told WILX-TV.

Several stores in Michigan are complaining about a lack of shipments of tequila, in particular, after producers were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Mitchell explained, "Once these companies get behind, stuff has to sit in barrels for X amount of time. You can’t speed that up, unfortunately."

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