Liquor drought looms in New Jersey after Sandy floods distributor’s warehouse
By KATE KOWSH and CHUCK BENNETT
From With Post Wire Services
Last Updated: 2:13 PM, November 9, 2012
Posted: 12:59 AM, November 9, 2012
There’s one group that Superstorm Sandy left dry — drinkers.
Floodwaters from the massive hurricane smashed a New Jersey liquor distributor, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to its supply of top-shelf alcohol, the company said.
Yesterday, a sad mix of liquor and slush puddled on the ground outside Fedway Associates Inc.’s warehouse in Kearny — where the smell of red wine hung in the air as workers piled boxes and broken glass into an 8-foot-tall mountain.
The devastating deluge smashed bottles of pricy libations such as Grey Goose vodka and Cristal Champagne, leaving a river of booze pouring onto a pile of soggy cardboard.
“Hurricane Sandy dealt a near knockout blow to our south Kearny facility last week,” Fedway’s president, Neil Barnett, wrote on the company’s Facebook page.