Sweltering Europe loses its fizz as Co2 shortage hits drinkers

Sweltering Europe loses its fizz as Co2 shortage hits drinkers

Sweltering Europe loses its fizz as Co2 shortage hits drinkers

The British Beer and Pub Association said last week the shortage might last at least for the next few weeks, and the British Soft Drinks Association said the shortage was impacting a wide range of businesses across the food and drink sector. England will play its third World Cup match against Belgium on Thursday before they go into the knock-out round with a match next Monday or Tuesday.

A shortage of industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) is also affecting meat producers and food companies that rely on dry ice as a refrigerant.

A string of problems across the sector in Europe have also caused fertiliser makers to shut down more plants than usual, and factories in Britain have suffered additional mechanical problems that further reduced supply.

Also, Morrisons and Ocado have said the shortage had led to disruption to some frozen product lines.

British poultry processors have already warned that dwindling Carbon dioxide supplies could force them to slow or stop production, since more than half of them use the gas to stun birds before slaughter.

The maintenance runs take advantage of slack demand for fertilizer given that farmers have already planted their crops by late spring.

Firms thought they had planned for this but the current heatwave across Europe has increased demand for alcohol.

The Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) visitor attraction said it had been unable to get the dry ice it needed for its new show due to the European shortage of CO2.

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.

British Meat Processors Association chief executive Nick Allen said the situation was getting "pretty tight", exacerbated by the hot temperatures.

Poultry slaughterhouses have already called for priority supplies of dwindling Carbon dioxide stocks, saying the current shortage could have a "potentially huge effect" on British food production. The problem is that several ammonia and fertilizer production plants are now shut down, which means a shortage of CO2.

Major players in the supply of industrial gases include Messer and Linde in Germany, Air Liquide of France, and USA giant Praxair.

"Our teams are fully mobilized to try to meet our food and industrial customers' needs in the context of a temporary shortage beyond our control", the company told FT.

While this week is "crunch week" for the industry, the situation should ease soon as ammonia plants come back online, Gas World reported.

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