Becky Harris and Tom Kuntz are in different parts of the country. They also work in different links in supply chains related to bars and restaurants, and the producers and wholesalers key to their inventories and menus.

Like many business owners and managers across the country, Harris and Kuntz are seeing some continued challenges with high inflation and supply chain delays, despite some improvements on other fronts in the post-pandemic economy.

Brazil National Drink

In this May 10, 2016 photo, bartender Rafaella Demelo shakes all the contents as she prepares a caipirinha at Bulla, a bar in Coral Gables, Fla. It’s tempting to call cachaca a Brazilian rum and think of the caipirinha as another muddled tropical cocktail. The upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may change that. Brazil’s national cocktail and unique distillation of sugarcane juice into a clear liquor are poised for the kind of worldwide exposure enjoyed by tequila after the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and Australian wines after the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Virus Outbreak Germany Brewers

Employees work in the small family-run Heller brewery in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Bars have been closed for over three months, Carnival celebrations are canceled and it’s not clear when things will get better. That's a big problem for Germany's many small brewers, which rely heavily on selling draft beer to bars and restaurants. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)