Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said Wednesday he expects to see sporadic shortages on grocery shelves through 2022.
Like other food and beverage companies, Coca-Cola is dealing with widespread supply chain disruption and higher commodity costs.
“My analogy would be it’s a bit like an earthquake,” Quincey said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “You get further shock waves coming through, but they tend to be of diminishing magnitude.”
He indicated that while shortages may persist through the coming year, they will likely decrease over time as the situation improves.
On a call with analysts, Quincey listed issues like labor shortages, spiking gas costs in Europe, and a plastic plant in Brazil that burst into flames as examples of the various factors in the ongoing shortages.
Shares of Coke were up 2% in afternoon trading after the firm’s earnings and revenue beat Wall Street projections and the company raised its forecast for fiscal 2021.