Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales and bleak summer

Originally published on Sora News by Ingrid Tsai

Not the ramune!

Though ramune can be enjoyed year-round, the Japanese soft drink is most associated with hot summer days. This drink’s appeal point isn’t just its sweet, carbonated goodness, but the iconic glass bottles it’s sold in as well as the translucent marble lying within its neck, making it a fun and charming addition to any picnic or afternoon snack break. However, as we enter our second summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, ramune’s future is facing a bleak outlook as COVID-19 forces manufacturing facilities to shutter and causes plummeting sales.

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