@CocaCola_UK why can’t we get Rose’s lime cordial anywhere in the UK this month? What’s going on?— The Faint Girl (@thefaintgirl) July 30, 2018 A Coca-Cola spokesman said: “We’re sorry that due to a fire at the factory where Rose’s Lime Cordial is produced, production has been halted while the necessary repairs are carried out. The team is working hard to ensure that production is back up and running as soon as possible and we hope it will be back on shelves in the next few weeks.” Lime cordial first originated in the 1700s when it was used by the Royal Navy to ensure sailors received their daily ration of lemon or lime juice. Lauchlan Rose of Leith patented a method to preserve citrus juice without alcohol in 1867 after realizing that preserving the juice with sugar rather than alcohol opened the product up to a far wider market. Unfortunately there has been a fire at the factory where Rose’s Lime Cordial is produced, therefore production has been suspended while repairs are underway. We hope production will be back up and running soon – our team is working to ensure this happens ASAP.— Coca-Cola GB (@CocaCola_GB) July 31, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The mystery behind Rose’s Lime cordial shortage has been solved as the company confirmed there has been a fire at its factory.Coca Cola, which owns it, confirmed that production had been temporarily suspended in a public apology to customers. It is hoped that supplies of the famous drink will return to normal within a few weeks.It comes after the Daily Telegraph received a number of letters from readers concerned about the disappearance from stores.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A number of fans have also Tweeted at Coca Cola asking why the drink is absent from shops. The first factory producing lime juice was then set up by Rose on Commercial Street in Leith, Scotland in 1868.