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Some airlines drop limes from beverage service

A recent spike in the price of limes has caused some airlines to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.
A recent spike in the price of limes has caused some airlines to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.Larry Crowe/Associated Press

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Airline passengers might notice something missing from their vodka tonics: the lime.

A spike in the price of limes has caused some airlines — for now — to stop offering the fruit.

‘‘We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices,’’ said Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge. The airline typically goes through about 900 limes a day.

Growers in the Mexico have reduced their supply because of unrest caused by drug cartels and flooding from heavy rains. That, combined with drought in California and a growing demand for limes, has driven up prices to a three-year high.

The average advertised price in US supermarkets was 56 cents last week, according to the Department of Agriculture — up from 37 cents the week ended March 28 and 31 cents a year ago.

United Airlines has had to make do with lemons on some flights.

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