Soaring post-containment demand challenges UK bars

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Amid rising demand following pandemic shutdowns and popular summer cocktails amid recent good weather, UK cocktail bars are struggling to meet demand from bargoers, the Financial Time (FT) reported on Friday June 11.

Founder of the London Bartenders Association Drew mallins According to the report, the association’s Facebook page contained information about shortages of brands made in Europe like Kahlúa, Cointreau, Patrón Tequila, Aperol and Birra Moretti.

“Demand has obviously increased after the lockdown and with the recent good weather summer cocktails like Aperol spritz are very popular, as are margaritas with Cointreau,” Mallins told the FT.

Tom Lord, who works as a consultant in the hospitality industry, noted that several customers were upset by the shortages. “Suppliers may have underestimated the resilience of the British drinker,” Lord told the FT.

A popular British cocktail is made with a blend of lime, vodka, and Passoã, which is a passion fruit liqueur that FT says is “one of the hardest ingredients to find.” To that end, a businessman told the FT that his bar collection is having such a hard time sourcing this ingredient that the bars are currently making their own version of the drink.

As PYMNTS previously reported, Uber Britain is back in control as more consumers move out of their homes as pandemic lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

“We frankly did not foresee the speed of the recovery that we have seen in certain key geographies and certainly in the United Kingdom”, Anabel Diaz Calderon, said Uber’s regional general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, according to the FT.

At the start of 2021, 17,000 taxi drivers across Europe joined Uber. Their cars can be booked through the app or flagged down on the street as usual.

“Partnering with taxis is a powerful lever for the business in many geographies and actually allows us to expand or unlock multiple regions,” said Diaz Calderon.

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