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We have too much beer (and soda, and seltzer), and not enough cans

Carlsberg advarede allerede den 2. april om, at man ikke kunne forudse indtjeningen for 2020 på grund af coronakrisen. Bryggeriets kunder er stort set lukket ned over det meste af verden og tilbage er kun salg til købmænd og supermarkeder. Foto: REUTERS/Stephen Hird

A nationwide shortage of cans is the latest threat to craft beer. Ball Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of cans, told investors this week that the U.S. market alone is short 10 billion cans in 2020, according to Beer Business Daily, a trade publication.

When demand is this high for cans, only a few beverage producers get priority. The big guys (Pepsi, Coke, Anheuser-Busch, Miller-Coors) saw a shortage coming early on and began hedging their bets, shoring up contracts with canning giants but also negotiating contracts with smaller distributors...

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