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Due to growing production costs and a shortage of lorry drivers, German breweries are warning that beer bottles may be in limited supply this summer.
According to the chief executive of the German Brewers’ Federation, the situation is “very tight.”
According to an industry expert, the lack of glass bottles will primarily affect small and medium-sized breweries.
Brewers are paying an average of 80% more for new glass bottles than they were a year ago. Beer prices are also rising.
A glass industry official told Bild that one of the reasons for the scarcity is a rise in energy rates, which is driving the price of glass bottle production to rise.
Furthermore, according to Holger Eichele of the German Brewers’ Federation, a shortage of lorry drivers is making supply lines more difficult to maintain. As a result, the price of new glass bottles has virtually doubled in the last year, he claims.
It comes after warnings that the cost of German beer could climb by up to 30% as a result of rising energy prices. Because larger brewers are often supplied first, the bottle scarcity is likely to hurt smaller breweries the most.
Mr Eichele recommended that Germans return glass bottles to merchants as soon as possible, encouraging consumers not to “hoard empties in the cellar.”
Glass bottles, which are ubiquitous in Germany, are sold with a small deposit and are expected to be returned to the shop when getting their next round of beer.
Cans are significantly less widespread in the United States, and many breweries employ specialized bottles that are difficult to replace.