HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor system begins Friday rationing sales of a few dozen products in response to what it describes as a shortage of supplies beyond its control.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Thursday notified licensees that purchase limits for two bottles per. Day for customers in state stores as well as for bars, restaurants and other licensees will remain in place indefinitely.
The PLCB said that “persistent supply chain disruptions and product shortages” led to restrictions on certain types of alcohol.
The 43 items on the list of products with restrictions will also not be available via transfer from store to store from Friday.
The list of rationed spirits – a small fraction of the large selection of goods sold by the state’s liquor system – contains specific types of champagne, bourbon, tequila, cognac and whiskey. The rationing will remain in place “for the foreseeable future” and until the supply chain becomes more reliable, the PLCB said.
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association said it will make it harder for members to run their businesses.
“Supply and labor issues do not help with recovery” from the pandemic, the trade association said in a statement. “We hope the legislation will take all of this into account when they return to Harrisburg. The industry still needs help to move forward. ”
PLCB spokesman Shawn Kelly said bars, restaurants and other customers were informed of the purchase restrictions on Thursday.
“If you look at stories that have come out from all over the country because of COVID-19, supply chains have been disrupted, production has been disrupted,” Kelly said. “In some cases, there has been a shortage of cans and bottles.”
Supply shortages in North Carolina have caused restaurants and bars to struggle to find popular brands, with shortages of supplies made more acute due to increases in customer demand in the pandemic.
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