BEVERAGES: Dry Spell Coming?

The bustling soft-drinks industry last week wept into its pop — and bitterly. In the lack of sugar it foresaw its undoing.

Government bungling (failure to offer the Cubans enough to induce heavy planting), the use of 900,000 tons of sugar to make synthetic rubber, plus 26% greater demands by the services, plus strikes in Puerto Rico, plus a drought in Cuba, had cut the amount of sugar available for U.S. civilians from last year's 6.1 million tons to less than five million for 1945.

To make matters worse, more bungling in rationing is allowing over half of this year's sugar...

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