Will the CO2 shortage affect you?

August 17th, 2022

Another weird shortage that may affect a lot of people’s moral. 


Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.

Well, I was reviewing the news headlines on some of the sites today like I usually do and found another weird shortage that may affect a lot of people’s moral.  This shortage may make those of us that go out for happy hour a little less happy.  There is a CO2 shortage that may impact our beer supply nationwide.  CO2, carbon dioxide, is used to carbonate beer.  This carbonation is what makes the bubbles and foam which is particularly important to retaining the beers temperature.  The experts are saying that the CO2 shortage is due to a contamination issue at the only company in the eastern United States that provides the CO2 to breweries and manufacturers.  The carbon dioxide hub is located in Jackson, Mississippi and they are comparing the CO2 shortage to the same type of situation that occurred in the nationwide baby formula shortage that I wrote about earlier this year.  The carbon dioxide supplies were already very tight because all of the pandemic shutdowns that forced many of the key suppliers to go offline and they are still not fully recovered from that.  The summer is also a troubled time because the key facilities go offline for their yearly scheduled maintenance.  According to experts, the CO2 problem could be indefinite and may impact the soda industry next.   Below are some other things that could be impacted by the CO2 shortage.

  • Wine
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Dispense drinks
  • Packaging of Meats, Baby Foods, Fresh Foods, and Baked Products
  • Decaf Coffee
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Refrigerant
  • Oil
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications
  • Aviation Fuels
  • Lasers

Interested in learning how SafeSourcing can help your company save money during these and other shortages?  If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to assist you today.



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