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Updated: 25th January 2021

CO2 Shortage: What are my options if my business is affected?

Beer bottles in production

This summer, a CO2 shortage is causing financial distress for a number of UK businesses which are reliant on its production.

Companies working in the food and drinks sector are among the hardest hit, while some medical firms, manufacturers, and oil companies are also said to be suffering.

CO2 gas is widely used in food processing - to extend the shelf life of salads, fresh meat and poultry - and carbonated drinks - such as beer, cider and Coca-Cola – which is where the ‘fizz’ comes from.

Abattoirs are also big users of the gas which is used as a humane way to stun pigs and chickens before slaughter.

Elsewhere, CO2 is used to create dry ice which is widely used in the food industry to keep produce chilled in transit.

The British Poultry Council said the shortage could have a "potentially huge effect" on food production. And the Food and Drink Federation said it would affect much of the "farm-to-fork supply chain".

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), which represents brewers and 20,000 UK pubs, said the “CO2 shortage is causing real stoppages in beer production” – coming at a time when demand is increasingly high thanks to the good weather and the World Cup.

What can you do if your business is affected by the CO2 shortage?

If the summer 2018 CO2 shortage is causing operational problems for your business, our business rescue advisers are available to discuss these issues confidentially and at your convenience. It is often the case that businesses operate on a day-to-day basis with very little room for unexpected challenges and when these do occur, they can have hugely detrimental impacts on a company’s cash flow and its ability to pay staff and suppliers.

At Real Business Rescue, we are currently advising a number of businesses affected by the CO2 shortage through different measures including emergency finance, restructuring and negotiating with creditors for breathing space with outstanding liabilities.

If you would like free advice on how your business can ride out the current storm caused by the CO2 shortage, please contact us on 0800 644 6080 between 8am and 8pm seven days a week and one of our expert advisers will be able to talk you through potential options.

Jonathan Munnery


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