Some United States airlines claim to be suffering a lime crisis, with most of the fruit’s exports being made by Mexican producers. One airline reported to be flying with just between 15% and 20% of its usual storage of limes for use with the beverage service and another has decided to stop offering limes with its cocktails. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the halts in the supply of Mexican limes to the US is the result of a combination of bad weather in Mexico and violent conflicts between cartels in the country. Mexico exported 96% of the limes shipped to the US in 2012. In January, the average price per box was $22 dollars; in March, the price increased to $80 per box, says Peter Leifermann, sales director at Brooks Tropicals, a Florida-based lime importer.