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Shire City Herbals closes after a decade making vinegar-based tonics; supply-chain problems said to be a factor

Fire Cider photo

Edgar LeBron of Shire City Herbals bottles fire cider tonics at the company's facility in Pittsfield last year. The company, which made vinegar-based tonics, closed Friday. 

PITTSFIELD — Shire City Herbals, a manufacturer of vinegar-based tonics that lost a well-publicized federal court case over exclusive use of the phrase “fire cider,” closed Friday, according to its acting CEO.

The company, founded in 2011, posted on its Facebook page that it planned to close, stating the decision was made with “deep regret.”

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Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6224.

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