Is trouble brewing for users of aluminum cans? Some beer and soda manufacturers fear that the existing shortage of cans will grow worse in upcoming months.
Some consumers already report difficulty finding specialty flavors of canned beverages like Cherry Coke Zero or niche brews, as producers focus on making the most popular flavors and brands instead.
Additional can manufacturing capacity is in the works, but it will be up to a year before the new facilities are ready.
Video Spotlight: Low Coca-Cola supply blamed on aluminum can shortage (July 23, 2020, 11Alive)
This post is based on the Syracuse article, The national beer and soda can shortage: How is it affecting supplies in Central New York?, by Don Cazentre, July 29, 2020; the CNN article, Why America is running out of aluminum cans, by Alicia Wallace, July 22, 2020; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: belchonock/123RF
1. What issues are causing demand for aluminum cans to spike, and what types of time-series forecasting variations are these?
Guidance: One of the obvious issues is the COVID-19 pandemic. As more Americans consume their beer and soda at home, Continue reading