Venezuelans Face a New Threat – a Beer Shortage

  • Empresas Polar says it can't access cash it needs for imports
  • Low oil prices have cut government's supply of hard currency

A worker at the production line of beer brewery Polar in San Joaquin, Carabobo state, 100 miles West from Caracas. Polar Group is the largest private corporation of Venezuela, and also the largest supplier of food and drinks of the country. Photographer Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News

Photographer: DIEGO GIUDICE/BLOOMBERG

Venezuelans, already frustrated by repeated power cuts and water restrictions, may soon suffer a new ignominy -- a beer shortage.

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