Is Texas having a Dr Pepper shortage? Has every Texan’s worst nightmare come true in the middle of the pandemic? The short answer is we’re not sure. However, suspicion has been raised when Dr Pepper tweeted that there may be a lack of Dr Pepper in stores on shelves. The tweet reads “We know it’s harder to find Dr Pepper these days. We’re working on it – hang tight!”
We know it’s harder to find Dr Pepper these days. We’re working on it – hang tight!
Note: This applies to all flavors of Dr Pepper – including our newest permanent addition to the family, Dr Pepper & Cream Soda. pic.twitter.com/Kf0UedMuiw
— Dr Pepper (@drpepper) August 10, 2020
Right up there alongside Whataburger, H-E-B, and Buccee’s Gas Stations, Dr Pepper is one of the most coveted items and enjoyed beverages in the Lonestar state. Dr Pepper was also created in Texas. The addictive and delectable soda was concocted in Waco, Texas by Charles Alderton. Texans favorite beverage hit national markets in 1904 and its popularity has been increasing ever since.
According to a statement to CNN, soda sales have “increased consistently over the last four years.” However, the company assured that they are
working with our local distribution partners experiencing low inventory levels in certain markets to meet this increased demand, and we encourage every loyal Dr Pepper fan to continue checking their local retailer for their favorite varieties,” the company said.
While there has yet to be any confirmation that an official Dr Pepper shortage has taken place, some are suggesting that the absence of delicious drinks in-store could be due to a lack of aluminum cans to package Dr Pepper in. Others assume that much like the toilet paper shortage that America experienced at the inception of the coronavirus, Dr Pepper lovers have been buying up and stockpiling the drink to get them through quarantine. Many suggest that the potential of a shortage has even kickstarted the Dr Pepper panic-buying.
The tweet also stated that the potential Dr Pepper shortage does not only include the classic flavors but also extends to the newest specialty flavors like Dr Pepper & Cream Soda. Charmin, the toilet paper company, responded to the tweet in good humor with “Welcome to the club. We feel your pain.” As Texans, and the rest of the world, hang tight to see how Dr Pepper bounces back during the pandemic, it’s clear that the year 2020 is filled with strange shortages and surprises.