How is the Carbon dioxide shortage impacting food and beverage businesses?

29 Juin, 2018, 17:58 | Auteur: Auguste Feret

"The problem we're facing is getting the gas suppliers to even commit to a date when they might deliver, That means we could take a delivery in the next hour but at present were not looking beyond Monday", he said.

In a company statement, Booker said it had been forced to restrict beer and cider supplies because of an "international shortage" of food-grade CO2.

Heineken also warned pubs to expect "major shortages" of its Amstel and John Smiths brands. CO2 is also an essential part of the production process for packaging meat.

It was described as "worst supply situation to hit the European carbon dioxide business in decades".

"We are extremely concerned, as is the rest of the industry, that very little, if any information is coming out of the gas sector about when this will be rectified", Tulip said, as quoted by FT.

Industrial CO2 is produced as a by-product of making ammonia used in fertilizer production. It said on Wednesday it was working around the clock to get beers to customers as quickly as possible.

Beer rationing has begun in the United Kingdom due to a shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide across Europe.

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Food wholesaler Bookers, which sells supplies to restaurants, bars and traders, said it is capping the number of cases of beer being sold to customers at 10 and the number of soft drinks or cider to five. "We are now working hard with our suppliers to minimise the impact for our customers".

While industrial suppliers are said to be shifting to ammonia sourced from southern Europe and beyond, Britain has lost its fizz in particular because of the longer transhipment routes and the shutdown of all but one of its own ammonia processors.

However, Booker's move to ration sales followed Scotland's largest pig processing plant suspending its slaughtering process and Coca-Cola temporarily pausing some production lines.

Five carbon dioxide producers in northern Europe are now offline for maintenance, claims Gasworld, leaving the United Kingdom with only one large supplier.

With the shortage still raging, about 60% of poultry processing plants in the United Kingdom would be going offline within a few days, according to the British Poultry Council.

Brigid Simmonds, head of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) which represents brewers and 20,000 United Kingdom pubs, said: 'We are aware of a situation affecting the availability of Carbon dioxide across Europe, which has now started to impact beer producers in the UK.

The Food and Drink Federation said it would affect much of the "farm-to-fork supply chain".


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