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Spain’s nightlife is suffering from a scarcity of alcoholic beverages

Cafe Comercial, one of Madrid’s oldest cafés, is a popular meeting place for visitors and residents alike, thanks to its marble columns and elaborate chandeliers. There is a scarcity of popular beverages in their bottle form.

“It’s quite difficult to receive delivery. According to Raul Garcia, the legendary cafe’s manager, “it’s hard to locate a certain brand of gin, tequila, or whiskey.”

“Inventory shortages have an impact on well-known worldwide brands that we didn’t anticipate being unavailable at some point.”

A result of supply chain problems created by the epidemic, pubs and nightclubs around Spain have been unable to keep shelves stocked since Covid-19’s social life limitations were relaxed in full earlier this month.

This raises eyebrows in nations whose social life is focused outside the house, with huge groups of people often congregating for tapas and suppers, followed by a night out on the town.

Roberto Userei, manager of the Los Olivos Beach Resort on the Spanish island of Tenerife, which is a part of the Canary Islands, said:

Beefeater Gin, Absolut Vodka, and Patron Tequila are just a few of the well-known brands that have been impacted.

It was reported in a statement by the Spanish spirits manufacturers’ association that the shortage was caused by a global shipping crisis brought on by increased demand from China and the United States, which “affects all international trade,” and that the shortage would be alleviated by the end of the year.

Supplier is suffering from a scarcity of bottles and cardboard boxes, which are required for packaging alcohol, as well as a scarcity of drivers, shipping containers, and vehicles to transport it.

The world’s second-largest spirits manufacturer, Pernod Ricard, in France, said that “it is not a product availability problem; it is a delivery one.”

Alcohol deficiency is also an issue in other European nations, such as the United Kingdom, but the problem is worsened in Spain because of the country’s national consumption habits, according to the expert.

Bars and restaurants account for over half of all alcohol sales in Spain, whereas supermarkets account for the vast majority of sales in France, according to a representative for the industry.

When business returned in Spain with the lifting of viral regulations, this more sophisticated supply chain “had to get up and running again”—a process that took time, according to the expert.

According to Daniel Metyer, an analyst at IWSR, a London-based alcohol industry consultancy, the Spanish supply chain is “fragmented and involves multiple actors,” which adds to the difficulties of the situation. He said that he was.

The nation with the greatest number of pubs and restaurants per capita, according to him, is Spain.

While the virus was regulating social life throughout the months of viral regulation, Bar lowered orders and emptied alcohol inventory. He believes it would take some time to restock the shelves now that the company has returned.

The Spanish Spirits Manufacturers Association anticipates that the situation will be resolved in a short period of time, but businesses are concerned as the busy holiday season approaches.

In an interview with Ucelay, the manager of Los Olivos Beach Resort, he said that certain types of champagne would not be available for six months.

Until the market becomes more flexible, according to Vicente Pizcueta, spokesperson for Noche de Espana, the major organisation for the nightclub industry, this issue will persist.

“It’s not the sort of alcohol that’s the issue; it’s the problem with a certain brand.” Spanish spirits are well-known over the world, and there are still brands accessible in all categories,” he said. It’s possible to find an alternative.

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