Tropical drink trouble? Lime shortage

Published 05/01 2014 04:36PM

Updated 05/01 2014 05:29PM

NATIONAL -- A lime shortage is causing problems for grocery stores and restaurants. The U.S. gets 95% of its limes from Mexico. A poor harvest led to a bad crop.

Limes are crucial for one of America's favorite drinks; the margarita. One bar owner says he used to pay $13 for 40 limes. That cost has nearly quadrupled. Some are substituting lemon juice for lime while others are taking out the fruit altogether.

In December, consumers could buy six limes for just $1. Now, just one costs $1.49. Experts expect prices to stabilize in 4 - 5 months.

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