Oh no! Australians may have to stay sober this Christmas

Two largest Australian beer suppliers, Lion and Carlton & United breweries, have reported severe delays and lower production of some of their most popular brews amid supply chain problems.

The news could mean that the country, recently ranked as the “world’s drunkest,” is heading into the Christmas and New Year season with acute shortage of beer due to supply hurdles.

A nationwide shortage of wooden pallets needed for transportation forced Lion to scale down production and shift their focus to the most popular brands. According to the company’s statement, it is currently seeking alternatives for the missing pallets, while promising to do its best to keep its beer on store shelves.

Carlton & United, in turn, reported issues with shipments of Mexican-made Corona beer.

“In the lead-up to Christmas we are distributing it fairly to retailers across Australia to help limit shortages,” a spokesperson for the company said this week.

The situation has led to fears that retail chains might go as far as introducing limits on beer purchases in the coming months.

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