CO₂ shortage

  1. CO2 shortage casts a pall on hot weather for Britvic


    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."

  2. Cheshire CO2 plant hit by power outage

    BBC Business News

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

    Carbon dioxide

    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.

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    Supplies of beer and food have been hit after a shortage of CO2.

  4. Draught booze back at Wetherspoons

    Gareth Southgate

    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)".

  5. 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.


    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.

  6. CO2 shortage: 'Two weeks' for supplies to return

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Could the CO2 shortage be resolved this week? A plant producting the gas is due to start-up again either today or tomorrow.

    Kate Nichols, chief executive of UK Hospitality, says disruption to beer supplies has been limited to smaller beer brands so far. Firms have been good at protecting their big brands.

    Using CO2 in meat packing doubles the shelf-life of meat says Nick Allen, chief executive of the Meat Processors Association.

    Some of his members say they have been warned that it might take two weeks for CO2 supplies to come back on line.

  7. CO2 'coming back into supply'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Wake Up To Money

    People clinking glasses

    The CO2 crisis continues, reported Wake Up To Money with ASDA yesterday announcing it is rationing sales of fizzy drinks.

    The programme spoke to John Armstrong, director at Global Brands, which produces fizzy drinks like Hooch and Hoopers.

    He said: "We've been talking with our packers and suppliers and it's been a bit tighter this week but I think we will start to see CO2 coming back into supply and things normalising over the next few weeks."

    But he added: "We just can't go on without CO2 and there are some people who are really squealing and suffering and I feel for them."

  8. How is carbon dioxide produced?

    CO2 infographic

    Here's an infographic explaining how carbon dioxide is made - it's actually a complex process.

    This is key now because the carbon dioxide shortage will start affecting some supplies to British supermarkets this weekend, the Food and Drink Federation has warned.

    CO2 is used to stun farm animals, put fizz in carbonated drinks and is used in packaging, but is in short supply.

    Federation chief executive Ian Wright said carbon dioxide supplies were not expected to resume until next week.

    He said that while stocks would not run out, "choice will be eroded".

  9. Carbon dioxide shortage likely to affect islands

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Shortages of carbon dioxide gas in the UK are likely to affect the Channel Islands, according to a supermarket chain.

    Heineken and Coca Cola are among the big companies currently facing production problems due to the shortage which has been cause by the temporary closure of some factories involved in producing the gas - which puts the fizz in drinks.

    Mark Cox, from the Channel Islands Co-Op, says issues in the UK usually impact on their supply lines.

    Quote Message: Currently we have seen good stock availability and we haven’t seen any issues locally but if this situation continues for much longer there is potential that supplies of things like fizzy drinks and beer will become a problem." from Mark Cox
    Mark Cox

    Beer drinkers need not worry too much, however, as according to Liberation Brewery the shortage has not affected local beer production yet.

    Tim Hubert, the managing director of Liberation Brewery, says they are "well stocked" and islanders should not notice any problems.

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