‘We appreciate your patience’: Dr Pepper acknowledges soda shortage, says it’s working on it


SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FEBRUARY 10: Pallets of Dr Pepper wait to be shipped out at a Coco-Cola bottling plant on February 10, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Current Coke president James Quincey will become CEO on May 1. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Is Dr Pepper harder to find these days?

According to the company that makes it, that’s the case.

Dr Pepper tweeted Monday that it was working to stock shelves while balancing worker safety during the pandemic.

“We know it’s harder to find Dr Pepper these days. We’re working on it – hang tight!” the company said, adding that the issue affects all flavors, including its latest iteration, Dr Pepper and Cream Soda.

“We’re doing everything we can to get it back into your hands. That means working with our distribution partners to keep shelves stocked nationwide, while ensuring the safety or our employees,” the company said.

“We appreciate your patience and encourage you to contact your local retailer directly for the most up-to-date availability of Dr Pepper products.”

USA Today reported that companies face a crunch when it comes to aluminum cans. While material itself is not a problem, keeping up with the “unprecedented demand” has been.

The Can Manufacturers Institute (the industry’s trade group) and the Aluminum Association (another industry group) told USA Today that the industry saw increased demand before and “especially during” the pandemic.

Most of the worry about shortages came at the beginning of the pandemic, when it was hard to find toilet paper. The makers of Charmin haven’t forgotten.

“Welcome to the club. We feel your pain,” the brand tweeted in response to Dr Pepper’s statement.

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