- Some South African liquor stores have run out of Castle Lager beer.
- SAB said delays in the return of reusable bottles have slowed production.
- It said production has already been increased, and the situation should be rectified in the coming days.
Several South African liquor outlets are apparently running out of Castle Lager beer, as a shortage of bottles affected production.
Outlets in Cape Town appear to be particularly affected by the delay, Netwerk24 reported.
Refilwe Masemola, South African Breweries director of external communications, said a shortage of reusable bottles has slowed the production process. There have been delays in returning these bottles to SAB, Masemola said, without giving more details.
“Our production teams are [however] hard at work to ensure that those outlets that may be affected are well stocked over the coming days,” Masemola told Business Insider South Africa.
“We are in fact ahead of our production schedule, which should bring some comfort to our customers.”
Castle Lager is one of South Africa’s most consumed beers and was for the first time named the 25th most valuable beer brand in the world in 2018.
South Africa is, on average, one of the world’s highest liquor consumers, and consumption tends to increase considerably over the festive season.
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