UK beer sales restricted amid CO2 shortage

Posted: June 26, 2018 by oldbrew in humour, News

Bad news for beer-loving football fans in the UK as the World Cup progresses. This is the same gas that climate-obsessed governments want to spend a fortune of our taxes – some from beer – on capturing and burying. You couldn’t make it up.

Food wholesaler Booker is rationing beer and cider because of a shortage of CO2 used in carbonated drinks, reports BBC News.

The Tesco-owned retailer, which is used by bars, restaurants and traders, is capping customers to 10 cases of beer, and five of cider or soft drinks.

It is more evidence that a scarcity of CO2 is hurting the food and drink sectors, and comes after Heineken and Coca-Cola faced disruption.

Scotland’s biggest abattoir has halted operations because of the gas shortage.

Quality Pork Limited (QPL), at Brechin, which puts 6,000 pigs a week through its production line, stopped operations on Tuesday afternoon because it ran out of CO2 used to stun the animals before slaughter.

QPL plans to send about 1,000 pigs to another plant near Manchester this week, but operators say other abattoirs also face a carbon dioxide shortage.

Factory closure

Booker said in a statement: “Due to the international shortage of CO2, we are experiencing some supply issues on soft drinks and beer.

“We are currently working hard with our suppliers to minimise the impact for our customers and cannot comment further at this stage.”

CO2 producers in the UK 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.

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  1. E.M.Smith says:

    Can no one in the EU / UK dump acid on bicarbonate?

    And what’s with restricting the beer? Just stop carbonating that stuff called “Diet soda” that consists of nothing but water and artificial sweetener / artificial flavors. Beer has a much higher margin of profit compared to sugar (or fake sweetener) water.

    Then what idiot scheduled maintenance during the world cup?

  2. erichux says:

    Surely the solution is obvious. Simply pipe the naughty CO2 emissions from power stations straight into the breweries and other food processing plants. One problem solved.

  3. waterside4 says:

    I knew Booker would get his come uppence one day! (Sarc)

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    Wait a moment… When I make beer, LOTS of CO2 bubbles off it. I “naturally carbonate” in the bottle where commercial stuff is pressure carbonated, but before that step there’s a huge production of CO2 from fermentation. That’s what the fermentation lock is for, to let it out.

    Why are European breweries not capturing their own CO2 and using it to pressure carbonate? They are net producers of LOTS of CO2. Tons of it per batch of beer.

    The fermentation tank MUST be isolated from the environment and with the produced CO2 piped away (to prevent the tank exploding or high CO2 in work spaces), so just add a filter and a pump to send it to the carbonation stage. I’m pretty sure I’ve breweries that worked that way.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Europe sweats over CO2 shortage
    Production at Coca-Cola is interrupted as hot weather drives surge in demand
    by Alex Scott
    JUNE 28, 2018

    A large volume of food-grade CO2 is made as a by-product during the manufacture of ammonia. Many European ammonia producers close their plants for maintenance during the summer, when demand for fertilizers slows. But this year, plant shutdowns are being prolonged because ammonia prices are low and raw material costs are high. Consequently, ammonia producers have been importing—not making—some product.

    Meanwhile, the hot weather and the World Cup have caused a spike in demand for carbonated drinks in the region, beverage producers say.

    food-grade CO2 – whatever that is. Not like ‘climate-grade CO2’ perhaps 😉


  6. oldbrew says:

    Fizzy drink rationing in the UK as the indefinite heatwave continues…

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