A shortage of sugar in Zimbabwe has led to a soft drink drought in the country, according to local sources, exacerbated by the increased demand of the festive season.

The country's Herald newspaper reported on a survey it conducted that showed that only a few supermarkets had soft drinks. Many could were able only to stock Coca-Cola in others customers were being rationed to two sales each.

A source at United Bottlers was quoted as saying that the shortage was a result of the lack of sugar available - a problem in Zimbabwe for many months now.

In a statement late last year, United Bottlers Harare said: "Due to a continuing shortage of production inputs, United Bottlers Harare will not be able to fully supply the market of carbonated soft drinks over the festive season."