WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The Ale-8-One company is asking customers to return long-neck bottles after using them so that it won't have to decrease production of the soft drink.
The Winchester-based company says the green long-neck glass bottles are in short supply.
Spokeswoman DeAnne Elmore told The Winchester Sun (http://bit.ly/1a554tG) that the company won't get another shipment of bottles until October and is depending on customers to return them in order to keep production at normal levels.
Ale-8-One is distributed in 25 Kentucky counties. Returnable bottles are most popular in the counties of Clark, Montgomery, Powell and Bath.
Elmore said the bottles are purchased two or three times a year from Vitro Packaging. The company must estimate how many bottles are needed for a four to six month period.
"You want enough to fill your pipeline, but you don't want loads and loads of inventory that you're not using," Elmore said.
She says usually the company has enough new bottles to supplement returned bottles but right now they are "playing a waiting game" to see what is returned.
The company said in a statement that it is losing 792 bottles per day.
Production is continuing, but the company can only fill bottles that are returned.
"We have trucks that go to the counties that sell them, and we're waiting for the trucks to come back in," Elmore said.
Information from: The Winchester (Ky.) Sun, http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun