Angostura Executive Explains Angostura Bitters Scarcity

Angostura, owners of the product range, Angostura Bitters, has denied reports making the rounds that the company’s production factory at Trinidad & Tobago was gutted by fire, causing the scarcity of the production being experienced globally.

A representative of the company, Mr Andy Holmes, disclosed this in Lagos when the executives visited Nigeria.

He said: "Nothing of the sort happened."He, however, agreed that the company had some problems with the makers of the bottles which necessitated a change of the company supplying the bottles used. Holmes said the issue has been resolved and normal production has resumed from the factory in Trinidad.

He re-assured Nigerian customers, hoteliers, bars and other stakeholders that there is no cause for panic and that the supply of the popular Angostura Aromatic Bitters brand, which has been out of the global cocktail market, has resumed earnestly and they will soon be getting regular supplies in matter of weeks.

The bitters scarcity which caused the cocktail world to face a crisis of immense proportion across out the world, witnessed bars hoarding bitters, and distributors rationing bottles per bar if they happen to have some stock.

In Nigeria, the scarcity saw the prices of Angostura Aromatic Bitters which come in popular sizes of 100ml and 200ml hit the roof at 400 per cent above the pre-scarcity prices; that is if you are lucky to find a bottle.

Though Angostura Aromatic Bitters is used for flavouring alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic drinks and foods, one area of use that many Nigerians readily miss the bitters is in its use in making Chapman drink which many Nigerians enjoy at bars, clubs, hotels, hotspots, eateries and at homes.



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