Ball Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of cans, has said that the company is short 10 billion cans in 2020, according to an article in the Washington Post.
Craft brewers and other small beverage manufacturers may be suffering the most.
“In times of shortage, there are no antitrust violations with privileging your largest customers first,” says Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association. “Most smaller brewers buy indirectly from brokers, and that means they are lower down on the list. It’s nothing nefarious, but it’s one of the challenges small companies face.”
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