Spain could run out of rum, whiskey, gin and vodka

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Spain could run out of rum, whiskey, gin and vodka
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Spain could run out of rum, whiskey, gin and vodka due to transport issues and Brexit.

Supplies of wine and beer though are not expected to be affected. Spain is reportedly running the risk of running out of spirits. The worst-hit products are those most consumed such as rum, whiskey, gin and vodka.

Various factors have influenced the shortage in Spain. Bars, pubs and nightclubs are already experiencing shortages. Supermarkets have reportedly not been hit yet though.

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The executive director of the Spanish Spirits Association (FEBE) Bosco Torremocha, has confirmed the shortage of spirits. According to Torremocha, the shortages are due to rising transport costs. Increasing costs for raw materials such as glass and cardboard are also affecting the availability of spirits. Torremocha has also said that Brexit is causing issues due to bottlenecks at Customs.

Reportedly hundreds of bars, nightclubs and pubs across Spain are already experiencing problems. The hospitality industry has only recently seen coronavirus restrictions eased. These shortages come at a bad time.

Speaking to 20 minutes Vicente Pizcueta, spokesman for España de Noche (Federación Nacional de Empresarios de Ocio y Espectáculos), commented on the lack of spirits. He said: “Spain produces good brands of gin, vodka, rum and whisky”. He did admit though that venues could be affected as “certain favourite brands” are not available.



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

3 COMMENTS

  1. “Bars, pubs and nightclubs are already experiencing shortages. Supermarkets have reportedly not been hit yet though.”

    So, dear nightclub-owners, get off your donkey to the supermarket next door any buy the booze.

    Also importing Whisky or Gin from 3rd countries like the UK is not viable anymore, too expensive, they went from frictionless trade to tradeless friction.

  2. Everybody knows the giant sugar-cane fields of Wales, where the best Rum comes from or what does the title suggests?

    Everybody and his aunt makes gin and vodka nowadays and Japan has better Whiskey than Scotland, Rum comes from the EU, France (Martinique) Brexit is no problem for us heavy drinkers in Spain or anywhere.

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