Water shortage in Monterrey affects Juarez

Water shortages in Monterrey have affected Ciudad Juárez with some products being made and brought in from there scarce.

From local stores to restaurants, they have reported problems with orders for beer, juice, soda and chips produced in Nuevo Leon, a state going through one of the worst droughts in its history.

The manager of one of the Del Río branches stated that in the case of beer there are difficulties in the supply of Carta Blanca. “The distributor is here in Juarez, but the box is made in Monterrey,” he said.

The same problems are found in juices such as Del Valle, Powerade, and even Coca-Cola soft drinks.

The manager mentioned that they even had issues with chips. “At the moment (the shelves) look full, but we held out for a long time without Sabritas,” he said.

He added that the same situation is happening in more than 300 stores owned by Del Rio in Ciudad Juarez.

Julia Arredondo, who is in charge of La Fortuna grocery store, announced that she has been receiving very little soda and beer recently since delivery men told her that due to water shortages in Monterey, manufacturing of these products has decreased.

In the face of the drought facing the state of Nuevo Leon, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has asked companies to stop producing soft drinks and beer in order to provide water to the population.

Christina Cunningham Hidalgo, president of the National Chamber of Restaurant Industry and Seasoned Food (Canerac), said there were also problems with this union that supplies beer and juice, although in her view it had nothing to do with Monterey water. It’s a problem that has occurred since last year.

“I don’t know if I should say they are needed, they don’t fill full orders for juices and beer, you struggle with dressings and sometimes we don’t find the meat we used to and you have to go to El Paso to find it which is also a struggle afterwards.”

In the case of supermarkets such as Soriana, S-Mart and González, the president of the National Chamber of Commerce, Rogelio Ramos Guevara, stated that there are no problems with product shortages.

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