A citrus emergency at 30,000 feet

By Gay Nagle Myers
LimesAirline passengers may notice something missing these days in their vodka tonic or Diet Coke.

Due to a shortage of limes and a spike in the price, some airlines have stopped offering a slice of lime in their beverage service.

Lime growers in the Mexican state of Michoacan lost a lot of limes in recent heavy floods; limes in California shriveled up due to drought.

That, plus high demand for margaritas, mojitos and guacamole, has driven prices to a three-year high.

Limes were 56 cents apiece in supermarkets in early April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's up from 31 cents a year ago.

"We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to high prices," said Alaska Airlines' Halley Knigge.

The carrier usually goes through about 900 limes a day.

Limes are in such short supply that United is substituting lemons on some of its flights.

Several restaurants and bars in Phoenix are serving free drinks to customers who bring in a five-pound carton of limes.

The price of limes will continue to be high until a new harvest begins in May, weather permitting.
 
This page is protected by Copyright laws. Do Not Copy. Purchase Reprint
blog comments powered by Disqus

View Comment Guidelines

Please upgrade your Flash Player.
Please upgrade your Flash Player.

Travel Weekly Poll

Voices

  • Consumer media discover that travel agents do exist

    "Contrary to some thoughts, travel agents do exist ... We are usually able to get clients better prices, and we know we can see that clients have better experiences. And as our personal motto is: Our Service Travels With You."

    More»

TW Index: Most Active Stocks

Latest Top News:
Caribbean
Europe
Travel Weekly is on Facebook
Viewpoints For Travel Agents
Travel Weekly Topics