Sources in the monopoly liquor stockist and retailer claimed top-selling brands of smaller volumes and lower prices are no longer supplied to outlets.
As per the rules, liquor, beer and wine can be sold only in packs of 180 ml to 3 litres in Kerala. At present, beer is available in bottles and cans in the state.
The Kerala State Beverages Corporation has issued orders to convert all its outlets to premium ones before August 1.
Even though a government order does not specify the number, BEVCO expects at least 68 more fresh outlets.
The hike will be effected only after a policy decision on the matter, Excise Minister M V Govindan announced.
The outlets of Kerala State Beverages (Manufacturing & Marketing) Corporation Ltd or BEVCO have run short of products sold in 180 ml bottles.
Without getting the ownership certificate, the BEVCO cannot obtain the required licence for the proposed liquor manufacturing plant.
All 14 districts will have new liquor outlets with Idukki and Ernakulam set to have eight each.
The shortage ahead of festival season is likely to affect the revenue of liquor outlets.
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