MCALLEN, Texas — Mexico is running out beer. The industry there is essentially shut down because of COVID-19, which is forcing people to cross into the Rio Grande Valley to find some.
“Folks that are living across the border from us here in Reynosa and Matamoros, are basically coming to the United States to buy the beer that they need, to consume at home,” said Adrian Leal, general manager at the beer distribution company, Glazer’s Beer & Beverage.
Mexico shut down their beer production back in April with the government deeming it ‘non-essential.’ Now that mexico is running out of booze, beer distributors are seeing the demand.
“Any given day we have about 500,000 cases of beer on the floor year round, especially in the summer. Right now, we’ve basically reduced our inventory to about half of that we’re somewhere between 200-250 thousand cases of beer on the floor,” said Leal.
He explains a reason for the high demand and shortages of beer is due to customers panic buying.
“What people started doing is pantry loading, they want to reduce the amount of times they go to the grocery store so they started buying larger quantities to keep at home obviously you’re going to have less trips to the grocery store but you’re going to be buying more,” said Leal.
With more people on both sides of the border trying to get their hands on the alcoholic beverage, Leal assures us they’re not running out beer any time soon.