CO₂ shortage

CO2 shortage casts a pall on hot weather for Britvic

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Britvic says that the recent shortage of CO2 gas has impacted on its ability to make the most of the hot weather.

The soft drinks maker reported a 3.4% rise in third quarter sales to £366.9m, compared to 4.5% growth in the same quarter last year.

Britvic chief executive Simon Litherland, said: "Whilst the industry-wide shortage of carbon dioxide held back our ability to fully capitalise on the exceptional weather in GB and Ireland, we leveraged the breadth and strength of our portfolio to moderate the impact."

Commenting on the CO2 shortage, Britvic said: "To ensure continuity of supply across all trading channels, we temporarily scaled back our promotional activity and reallocated some of our secondary feature space to stills.

"Supply has now normalised, enabling us to start rebuilding stock levels and gradually reintroduce promotions."

Cheshire CO2 plant hit by power outage

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Firms waiting for supplies of carbon dioxide have been dealt a blow after one of the UK's main plants suffered a power outage.

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CO2 distributor Air Liquide warned that its gas situation had "worsened significantly" because of a "sudden and unexpected" loss of power affecting its site at Ince, Chester, on Tuesday.

It came after a key sister plant at Billingham, County Durham, had earlier re-opened.

There have been national CO2 shortages after plants were shut for maintenance.

Draught booze back at Wetherspoons

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Good news for football fans planning to watch tomorrow's crucial Colombia clash in the pub - Wetherspoon said supplies are getting back to normal after the CO2 shortage.

The pubs giant had been unable to serve some drinks on draught but said the situation should be resolved by Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said this morning: "A high number of our pubs had been unable to serve three products on draft - John Smith's, Strongbow, Strongbow Dark Fruits.

"Supplies of these products across all of the company's pubs is almost back to normal and the issue is set to be resolved by tomorrow (Tuesday morning)".

Teesside CO2 plants due to come back on line

Colin Briggs

Look North

A shortage of the gas used for fizzy drinks is being tackled on Teesside.

Ensus at Wilton produces carbon dioxide as a by-product.

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A shortage has led to stocks of soft drinks, chicken and even crumpets disappearing from shops.

Ensus closed for 21 days for essential maintenance, but at a time where demand for products requiring carbon dioxide is higher than normal due to the warm weather and the World Cup.

The Teesside plant is coming back online later.

A plant in Billingham is also to restart on Monday.

Over the weekend Asda said it was rationing the amount of some fizzy drinks that its online customers can buy as the national CO2 shortage continues.