Something’s been missing from the North Texas high-temperature survival kit lately: Topo Chico mineral water.
Dallas-area bars and restaurants this week reported difficulty finding the popular drink from Monterrey, Mexico.
“We are completely off the mark,” said Ángel Medina, manager of Taqueria La Ventana in Oak Lawn. Medina said the shortage started a month ago.
The Topo Chico refrigerators in the restaurant in Medina now contain other Mexican drinks, including Jarritos. In the meantime, the restaurant has stopped offering mineral water to its customers.
The Topo Chico brand, founded in 1895, was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2017 for $220 million. Last month, a Coca-Cola representative said the company was having supply chain issues for its mineral water production, but did not say what the issues were, according to Austin’s KXAN-TV.
Supply chain issues also caused a shortage of mineral water at this time last summer, the Houston Chronicle reported.
On some days at Mattito’s Tex-Mex restaurant on Oak Lawn Avenue, employees must visit several North Texas stores to find Topo Chico so they can make the restaurant’s most popular drinks.
“For some time it has become very popular. There’s a huge demand,” said Adriana Aguirre, 45, a bartender at Mattito’s. “One of the most requested drinks is Ranch Water, which only includes tequila, lemon and Topo Chico. People really like it.
On August 2, the restaurant had bottled water in stock, but according to Aguirre, employees went to stores as far away as Mesquite, Sunnyvale and Balch Springs to get it.
“You can’t find it,” Aguirre said. “There was a shortage.”
Tony Salazar, 45, assistant manager of Campuzano Mexican Food in Oak Lawn, said Topo Chico’s high consumption makes it difficult to find during the summer months.
“You can’t find it even in Mexican stores which usually have a lot of it,” he said.
According to Market Realist, the drop in availability of the drink this summer could be the result of a general water shortage in Nuevo León, where Arca Continental, the second largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in America, is located. Latin. Arca Continental bottles beverages — including Topo Chico — that are distributed throughout Texas and parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas, according to the company’s website.
Two weeks ago, the company gave up some of its water concessions to help supply Monterrey with water, Forbes Mexico reported.