Bangkok flooding leaves Phuket short of beer

7 Nov 2011

Business officials on Phuket say that flooding in Bangkok is causing beer and other alcoholic beverage supplies on the island to dry up. Weerawit Kurasombat, chief of Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), said that unless drink supplies started coming through soon, then Thailand’s legendary party island would have a crisis on its hands.

The PEBA boss said 35 per cent of the income for most Phuket entertainment venues is derived from alcohol sales with the bulk from beer as it has a higher profit margin. He added that with the onset of the current high season a big Patong bar stood to generate 30,000 Baht a day from beer sales alone.

He finished by saying unless beer supplies started coming through, bars would run out of beer within 30 days.

At a Tesco Lotus outlet on Phuket, a worker said that the there had been no beer deliveries from Bangkok for the last week, while assistants at 7-Eleven and Family Mart convenience stores said they were slowly running out of the ever-popular Singha and Chang beer brands as well as bottled drinking water.

Boon Rawd Brewery, producer of Thailand’s flagship Singha beer, said that of its five bottling plants in central Thailand, four were flooded. The company also produces the less-popular Leo beer, but the brewery is in Khon Kaen and is running at full capacity.     

ThaiBev brews best-selling Chang and said its breweries were running at normal production levels, yet had still been affected by the flooding as roads used to transport beer on were totally awash with floodwaters. 

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