The UK Is Rationing Beer Because Of A Carbon Dioxide Shortage

Marco Green
June 29, 2018

A statement from Booker confirmed: 'Due to the worldwide shortage of CO2, we are experiencing some supply issues on soft drinks and beer.

"Over the last eight weeks, sales of beer and soft drinks have performed really well", Francois Sonneville, analyst at food and agribusiness bank Rabobank said.

The shortage has been felt in peak British Summertime, when the World Cup finals take place and the country tends to consumer more carbonated drinks when the weather is hot.

British online supermarket Ocado had to cut back on frozen-food promotions amid a deficit of dry ice, which is made by compressing CO2.

"We are now responding to an industry-wide issue that is impacting the supply of Carbon dioxide in the United Kingdom", says a statement from the company. "Our focus is on limiting the effect this may have on the availability of our products".

United Kingdom pub chain Wetherspoons has also confirmed that it will be forced to pull a number of beers and carbonated beverages from its menu - while Coca Cola has "temporarily paused" some production.

Tesco said the Carbon dioxide shortage had not resulted in any availability issues on any product lines.

As revealed by trade title Gas World, the meat and drinks industries have been hit by a Europe-wide shortage of Carbon dioxide as a number of manufacturers have closed for seasonal maintenance.

"If brewers don't get any more supplies (of CO2) by the weekend, they'll be really struggling", he told the broadcaster NRK.

He said: "We are fully aware of the situation".

Quality Pork, a partnership between United Kingdom meat processor Tulip and the Scottish Pig Producers (SPP) co-operative, said it was to suspend output at its Brechin slaughterhouse in Angus - Scotland's largest - at 4pm on Tuesday.

Mr Allen said: "The frustration is the lack of information".

A spokesman said: "We are working closely with suppliers to ensure that alternative products are available and we continue to communicate with our publicans to minimise any disruption".

Last week, leaders of the UK's food and drinks industry warned the crisis was so serious it could harm production and asked the government to prepare to prioritise supplies.

The British Soft Drinks Association said the shortage was impacting a wide range of businesses across the food and drink sector.

CO2 producers in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe have scaled back operations for maintenance, causing a shortage of the gas, whose many uses include improving the shelf life of packaged food and creating dry ice to keep products cool during transport.

But at least five gas producers in Northern Europe began a planned shutdown during the early summer months to resolve maintenance issues.

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