Starbucks Is Facing Shortages. Here's What Could Be Missing From Its Menu

It's summertime, which means Starbucks Refreshers are a constant craving (the best is the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher!). Lately, customers have been walking into their favorite coffee chain, only to find out that many of their drinks are out of stock. Why is this the case?

Well, Starbucks claims that they are having supply-chain issues. According to Business Insider, supply orders for at least 25 items are being put on a "temporary hold" as of June 4. The brand has not commented specifically, however, they say that the item shortages are localized and not nationwide.

This is not the first time that Starbucks has experienced a shortage within the past year. In April, the company was unable to keep up with the high demand for oat milk after it was only on the menu for one short month. Workers are having difficulty keeping up with the company-wide shortages as customers are increasingly frustrated.

What products did Starbucks put on a 'temporary hold'?

Starbucks employees told Business Insider that hazelnut syrup, toffee nut syrup, chai tea bags, green iced tea, and other popular items are running low. Newsweek also claims that the Peach Green Tea Lemonade, certain refreshers, matcha, and drink trays are succumbing to the supply issues. The company has been overwhelmed by the demand, but said that they are working with their supply chain vendors to restock quickly. 

As the supply shortage continues, fans are taking to Twitter to express their disappointment. Twitter user @NatSefil wrote, "Starbucks having a shortage of lemonade and mango dragon fruit currently is really inconvenient for my refresher addiction." Monday morning another user, @thevelvetrobe_ said on Twitter, "I opened my Starbucks app to find a notification that they have a supply shortage and none of the things I usually order are available."

The year is no stranger to supply shortages, as restaurants were running out of ketchup just a few months ago. Over the winter, there were fears that products in 2021 — such as flour, yeast, and soda — could also take a hit due to the pandemic. Hopefully, the words "temporary hold" actually mean temporary!