Don’t panic, but the Topo Chico shortage is getting real


This weekend, a customer of a Tom Thumb asked a manager, “When will Topo Chico be back in stock?” The principal replied, to the dismay of all eardrums within earshot, that they didn’t know because there was a shortage of glass.

A shortage of Topo Chico was first reported this summer, but at that time stores still had bottles and crates in stock.

“Due to extremely strong consumer demand and a shortage of raw materials, our inventory of Topo Chico is temporarily restricted,” the Coca-Cola-owned company told WFFA in a statement in early August.

Now things look a little darker.

At the time, Coca-Cola did not say that the shortage was glass, but other new evidence confirms it. Park Street, a liquor industry consulting firm, explained the shortage in a Publish; glass production has largely moved abroad and found itself caught in the maritime quagmire developed since the pandemic.

Topo Chico holds a special place in the hearts of many Texans, right between Whataburger and Buc-ee’s. It’s a hangover remedy, grandma’s prescription for an upset stomach, and a great dance partner for all kinds of vodkas or gins, especially on a hot sunny day.

In addition, there is the tradition which gives the hard-hitting mystique of sparkling water. Legend has it that an Aztec princess suffered from a terrible, incurable disease. She was taken to the secret water source where the sick needed only to bathe and drink to regain “vigor, joy, strength and refreshment.” Like all good fairy tales that serve as a starting point for bottled sparkling water, the princess has recovered. Topo Chico is still bottled and comes from the same place of origin in Monterrey, Mexico.

It’s not just mineral water that suffers from a global glass shortage; This weekend Buenos Aires hours reported “Argentina’s famous vineyards are struggling to find bottles of wine amid the global glass shortage.” Shortages there are exacerbated by a fire in a glass factory in Mendoza, an Andean province where most Argentinian wines are produced. In England, Glasgow Distillery Co. struggled to source bottles, leaving them with stacks of whiskey in barrels.

In a recent Topo Chico Publish on Instagram, comments indicate there are shortages from California to North Carolina.

Ports continue to experience heavy traffic jams; ships full of raw materials and Christmas decorations wait days, if not weeks, to unload. here are some perspective the extent of the shipping problems of the the Wall Street newspaper:

From Thursday [Oct. 7], there were 497 large container ships waiting to dock outside ports in Asia, Europe and North America, and the delay of ships arriving at US and Canadian ports from the Far Orient has gone from 2 p.m. in June 2020 to almost 13 days in September, according to eeSea, which provides data on the container market.

The bottleneck shouldn’t go away until at least next year.

We have contacted Coca-Cola for a statement and will update if we have a response.


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