Carbon dioxide is currently in short supply in Germany. A first beverage manufacturer has now had to stop production as a result – many more could soon follow.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is currently in short supply in the beverage industry. This is anything but exciting for the German beverage manufacturers: they are worried about their business with the carbonic acid that results from the reaction of CO2 with water. Accordingly, according to the spokesman for the German Fountain Cooperative, Tobias Bielenstein, some mineral water manufacturers did not receive the quantities of CO2 that they had ordered.

But the beer producers are also struggling with the shortage. In particular, the rising prices for gas pose a challenge; Price surcharges of 10 to 15 percent are now normal. The Carlsberg brewery group is looking forward to the coming weeks with concern.

According to Bielenstein, it is not surprising that gas is becoming scarce in the summer. CO2 is created during fertilizer production and since this is throttled in the summer months, bottlenecks occur more often. Now, against the background of rising energy prices, the situation is extremely tense. According to the industrial gas supplier Air Liquide, many CO2 producers would also shut down their production due to the additional costs.

As the “BR” reports, the Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren has already ceased operations due to the lack of carbon dioxide. According to brewery boss Gottfried Csauth, the group even had to close the European plant.

Other breweries are also struggling with the bottlenecks. The Allgäu brewery “is working flat out to avoid possible bottlenecks, but unfortunately has no influence on the shortage in the market”. Zötler from Rettenberg cannot rule out that the soda production will soon have to be stopped. The large brewery Riegele from Augsburg speaks of a “worrying development”. Production stops could also be threatened here next week.

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