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Lime shortage is sour news for two Midlands businesses

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"We want to keep them in ingredients that are important to the restaurant so we can stay consistent," said Brandi Beaulieu, assistant manager at Cantina 76. "We want to keep them in ingredients that are important to the restaurant so we can stay consistent," said Brandi Beaulieu, assistant manager at Cantina 76.
Cantina 76 uses limes in their most popular menu item, Cantina Margarita. Cantina 76 uses limes in their most popular menu item, Cantina Margarita.
Senn Brothers Produce co-owner Gary Prince says the lime shortage hasn't affected the demand for limes. Senn Brothers Produce co-owner Gary Prince says the lime shortage hasn't affected the demand for limes.

By: Cara Stokes

There is some sour news for people in the United States who love limes. Drug cartels, tropical storms, and a fungus attacking citrus crops in Mexico have caused a lime shortage.

Cantina 76 is one of many Mexican restaurants in Columbia. They have many dishes and drinks which use limes.

Brandy Beaulieu, the assistant manager at Cantina 76, says they usually use limes to garnish margaritas and tacos. Beaulieu says Cantina 76's best seller is at their bar, the Cantina Margarita. It's made with agaves nectar, tequila, and fresh squeezed lime juice.

But Beaulieu says the shortage won't affect their food prices.

"We definitely don't want to gauge our prices. We keep everything consistent," says Beaulieu.

One case of limes used to cost $18 to $25. Three weeks ago it jumped to $50 to $80 a case.

Now, a case of limes costs $95 to $130.

Beaulieu says it takes half of a lime to make one margarita, and several to make guacamole and salsa. She says even just one lime can affect the restaurants budget.

Senn Brothers Produce provides limes to Cantina 76 and many other restaurants in the Midlands.

Senn Brothers co-owner Gary Price says the shortage is hitting their pockets as well.

"We technically make a little less profit and margin on the product, and really regardless of the price we have a set margin," said Prince.

Prince says although there is a shortage, it hasn't affected the demand for limes.

Cantina 76 and Senn Brothers Produce both say they hope things will ease now that the main lime growing season is starting.

 

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