Fri, 22 Oct 2021

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania's state-operated retail alcohol stores have acted swiftly to address a shortage in liquor supplies by placing a limit on 43 brands of alcohol.

The government alcohol agency informed stores on September 16 that the daily sales cap was to be set at two bottles in alcohol stores, in addition to bars, eateries, as well as other licensees.

The government agency attributed "sustained supply chain disruptions and product shortages" to the limitations being placed on purchasing specific liquor bottles.

The alcohol that will be available in limited supply includes certain whiskeys, bourbons, cognacs, tequilas, and champagne brands that constitute a tiny segment of the products on sale at these stores. This cap will be applicable "for the foreseeable future," according to the agency.

"Supply and labor issues are not helping with recovery" from the COVID-19 crisis, according to the statement.

"We hope the Legislature will take all of this into consideration when they return to Harrisburg. The industry still needs help moving forward," it noted.

Alcohol industry spokesperson Shawn Kelly added, "If you take a look at stories that have come out from around the country because of COVID-19, supply chains have been disrupted, production has been disrupted."

"In some cases, there have been shortages of cans and bottles," Kelly added.

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