As the high temperatures continue to bear down on North Texas, Dallas residents are having to face a shortage of the popular ice cold beverage Topo Chico mineral water. Dallas News reports that local bars and restaurants are having a difficult time finding the drink from Mexico.
Dallas restaurant Taqueria La Ventana manager Angel Medina told Dallas News, that they are completely out of the beverage. The fridges that once held Topo Chico in Medina's restaurant now hold other Mexican beverages. As of now, the restaurant no longer offers mineral water to its guests.
Topo Chico was founded back in 1895 and was recently bought by Coca-Cola in 2017 for $220 million. Coca-Cola admitted they were having supply chain issues with its mineral water production. The Houston Chronicle said that last summer businesses also faced supply chain issues. Dallas Tex-Mex restaurant Mattito's often has to visit multiple local stores to find Topo Chico. This week employees managed to find mineral water in stores as far as Mesquite, Sunnyvale, and Balch Springs.
Market Realist reports that the Topo Chico shortage this summer may be tied to the result of an ongoing water shortage in Nuevo Leon, which is the location of Coca-Cola's second-largest bottling plant in Latin America. Market Realist also points to the glass shortage which might be playing a part in the shortage. According to Market Realist, the bottling plant is responsible for distributing Topo Chico in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Fans have taken to social media sharing their disappointment in the Topo Chico shortage, with one person even tweeting out that they found a bottle on Amazon for $4.23 a bottle.