Thousands of designs by independent artists. Coca-Cola Has Initiated Contingency Plans to Avoid Diet Coke Shortage Due to Coronavirus ... February 28, 2020 05:26 PM Advertisement. The tariffs increased domestic aluminum prices amid a shortage of beverage cans in North America, heightening concerns that an increase in the raw material could fall on the shoulders of domestic brewers and soda companies, and eventually consumers. New Brunswick beer makers large and small are feeling tapped out since the price of aluminum cans went up. Next we are expecting beers to be affected by it and shortages then someone said possibly can foods. The company has had to secure new suppliers to take on new clients. "We have a sense this will likely affect all our future orders in some way. Aluminum Cans Scrap prices listed below are national average prices paid by scrap yards in the U.S.A. and Canada. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. UPDATE: Sept. 16, 2020: The U.S. reversed its decision to impose aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada, backdated to Sept. 1, according to a statement from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.USTR cited an expected decline in Canadian aluminum imports as the reason for the decision. While tariff removed, U.S. ‘expects’ limits on imports, Canadian officials say country will drop counter levies. Those brands include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Nestea and AHA.“ this leaves consumers of products like Diet Canada Dry hunting for their beverage of choice also. Grand Bay-Westfield resident Troy Sprague Hay was disappointed when he was told by a New Brunswick Liquor Corp. clerk last week the store was out of his beloved Moosehead Radler in the can. Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks Covid-19’s impact on trade. We are hopeful that the situation will be resolved by the end of this month.". Wes Ward of Graystone Brewing in Fredericton said his brewery only began canning its flagship Patagonia Pale Ale, earlier this month. Pinterest. This isn't the first shortage caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. “If Pepsi and Coca-cola are seeing issues, then these small breweries, there’s so many of us, and it will eventually trickle down and affect us,” Lander said. An aluminum can shortage and tariffs are increasing the price of canned beer for breweries — and maybe consumers. Stephen Dixon, president of Grimross Brewing in Fredericton, says the mixture is a bitter drink to swallow. Prices are collected from scrap yards directly and updated bi-weekly. Dixon said so far his company has been able to absorb any increases without passing them along to consumers. “After consultations with the Canadian government, the United States has determined that trade in non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum is likely to normalize in the last four months of 2020, with imports declining sharply from the surges experienced earlier in the year,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in a statement. Why is there an aluminum can shortage? Likewise, changes to the courier system have caused delays to the already-limited and taxed cans coming in. "I'm concerned," he said. While Moosehead did not grant an interview, Bill Gallagher, Moosehead's director of procurement, did email a statement to CBC News. Europe Moves to Isolate U.K. as Mutant Virus Ruins Christmas, U.K.’s Hancock Says New Covid Mutation Is ‘Out of Control’, A Speculative Frenzy Is Sweeping Wall Street and World Markets, Moderna to Begin Delivery; London Lockdown Ordered: Virus Update, Musk Inquires About Moving ‘Large Transactions’ to Bitcoin. Fewer and fewer people are going out to bars and drinking draft beverages, which means an uptick in home alcohol consumption, which also means that more bottles and cans are being consumed than ever before. “We will always stand up for our workers and our industry.”. This year, businesses nationwide have seen shortages of toilet paper and coins. Due to high demand, there is currently a shortage of aluminum cans in Canada. Shares of Century Aluminum, the second-largest U.S. producer with significant production in the country, slumped 11% to $9.33, reversing an earlier 5.4% gain. Canada has retaliated with a dollar-for-dollar counter tariff. "Every time we go without cans for a period of time, we're not putting beer in those cans, so we're not making money with those cans," Dixon said. Two factors, blended together, have created price increases that directly target Canadian brewers. Vacations look different in 2020—and winter getaways are no outliers. Trading Nation. Aluminum prices are collapsing and excess ... the saga culminated in consumers complaining to the U.S. Senate that the financing deals were creating an artificial shortage. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. "We are assessing our inventory daily and are working diligently to minimize any potential impact. But what's hurting more than the tariff is the can shortage. USTR said it would reimpose the 10% tariff retroactively if actual shipments exceed 105% of the expected volume for any of the months. "We distribute those prices down," said company co-founder Melinda Ponting-Moore. The total volume for the fourth quarter would be about 223,000 metric tons of aluminum. An explosion at Kaiser Aluminum's Gramercy., La., alumina refinery, which has taken 1 million tonnes per year of alumina out of the market since early July, coupled with a return of Chinese consumers to the market, is causing spot alumina prices to strengthen. Although Grimross supplies its own cans, Craft Coast also provides aluminum cans for some clients, using the clout of the micro breweries collectively to purchase in bulk. "I can confirm that Moosehead's primary can supplier is experiencing a shortage of 355 millilitre aluminum cans — an issue that is impacting North American breweries big and small," he said. "It's slowed us down for sure," said James Ponting, Craft Coast Canning's other founder and Melinda's husband. "If it continues to increase, we're going to end up absorbing the cost to a certain extent before we pass it along to the consumer. Customers like Sprague Hay will have to enjoy a competitor's product until his summer drink of choice returns to store shelves. “Setting aside these threats once and for all will allow American job creators to focus on economic recovery.”. “What American manufacturers need now is certainty that these tariffs won’t make another reappearance,” Myron Brilliant, EVP and head of international affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in an emailed statement. "Average Price" indicates the average price paid by all scrap yards in U.S. & Canadian cities listed. What is up with 2020? "If imports exceed 105 percent of the expected volume in any month the United States may re … FB Tweet. HOUSTON - With summer weather heating up, consumers may find it difficult to find a cold, canned beverage to quench their thirst. Can Shortage Could Increase with the Addition of US Aluminum Tariffs August 18, 2020 The United States government’s addition of tariffs on Canadian aluminum has Canada’s West Coast brewers concerned with the current decreased aluminum shortage of cans… Coca Cola is being affected, we had to change our adds being they were running out of 12 packs cola and going to bottles and also it seems they are downsizing too. An unexpected consequence of the pandemic is a shortage of aluminum cans. The shortage is primarily due to people staying at home and imbibing soda pop and beer in aluminum cans as opposed to going to restaurants, pubs and bars. “Should tariffs be reimposed on our aluminum exports in the future, Canada will retaliate with perfectly reciprocal dollar-for-dollar tariffs as we have done in the past,” Freeland said. "That's very significant for us.". "No marches on Washington for my Moosehead Radlers," he said. The decision to reverse course in a matter of weeks comes in the shadow of President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts, in which major polls show him trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in key battleground states. All aluminum cans are in tight supply due to heavy demand for multi-pack products consumed at home according to Coke. Both breweries' beer, in part, is canned by Craft Coast Canning, a company that serves many of the small and medium-sized breweries in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. But Canada has not yet made a commitment to a volume limit. Yet another challenge for breweries this summer, dealing with aluminum can shortage. The pandemic has caused a shortage of aluminum cans, and as a result, beer. TORONTO — Canada’s move to drop a 10 per cent duty on U.S.-made aluminum cans is good news for Canadian beer makers battling a shortage of tall cans, according to brewing industry executives. 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