ROLLINGERGRUND — With fear over shortages of probiotic health drinks rising, hundreds of panicked Naturata customers flooded into the shop on Friday morning and stripped the shelves totally bare of kombucha.
“My fear was that if I didn’t react, I might not have kombucha for weeks or even months,” said one customer, her 100-percent organic cotton shopping bags sagging with the weight of 13 one-liter glass bottles. “How would I maintain a healthy gut microbiome?”
Shop employee Carolina Boes says the run on the fermented tea drink could be a sign of things to come as Luxembourg’s affluent, health-conscious population begins to worry about keeping their intestinal flora healthy.
“Because it’s naturally bubbly and fun to drink, I’m not surprised that kombucha was the first thing on many of our customers’ minds,” she said. “I’m just a little worried that they’ll come back to take more than just kombucha.”
“As we’ve seen in history, first they come for the kombucha, and then they come for the kefir, yogurt, and tempeh,” she added.