Call it first world problems, if you will. But…
Shortages of sugary, carbonated beverages made by the Coca-Cola Company are becoming all too apparent, as shelves at many stores across Metro Vancouver are either very low on supply or completely empty.
The shortages are likely being caused by a strike of Coca-Cola workers in Coquitlam, Richmond, and Chilliwack, which began last Monday.
Some 370 production, warehouse, and distribution workers, represented by Teamsters Local 213 union, walked off the job after months of negotiations.
At the time, a union representative told Daily Hive workers are seeking security within their collective agreement as regards health and welfare.
So far the union and the company have been unable to break the impasse – and the strike is taking its toll on our tastebuds.
On Thursday night and Friday morning, stores that sell Coca-Cola products in the region were clearly running out of the products, including Safeway, Save-On-Foods, IGA, London Drugs, Superstore, and convenience stores.
Some locations even posted signs apologizing to customers and explaining the reason behind the shortage.
However, as of Friday morning, some Costco locations still had strong supplies.
Coca-Cola products affected by the strike include:
- Coca-Cola Zero
- Diet Coke
- Vitamin Water
- Minute Maid
- Smart Water
- Barq’s Root Beer
- Five Alive
But the strike is not affecting fast-food locations like Burger King and McDonald’s, or Cineplex theatre locations in BC, which has its drink stocks replenished by a third-party.
It is not known when the strike could end, but for anyone desiring a cola drink to quench their summer thirst, there is always Pepsi and no-name products to consider.