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·         Beer Shortage On The Horizon Due To Lack of CO2

·         This Surprising Shortage Is Spelling Trouble for Pizza, Meat & Beer Right Now



Beer Shortage On The Horizon Due To Lack of CO2


by Violet George, Carbon Herald

September 13, 2022


The US is currently facing the risk of a beer shortage as a lack of CO2 is becoming ever more evident.


To a great extent, the shortages of carbon dioxide have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and the vast quantities of dry ice, which is frozen CO2, that was required for the transport of vaccines all throughout 2021.


The increased demand put pressure on the carbon dioxide market and saw prices on the gas surge.


Another factor that has had an effect on the CO2 supply were lockdowns, as they saw a decrease in gasoline consumption and, by extension, in the consumption of ethanol, a byproduct of which is carbon dioxide.


Hence, less consumption has led to less CO2 output.


Now, the limited supply of CO2 is already worrying businesses in the food and beverage industry, particularly breweries, as carbon dioxide is a key ingredient in most beers to give them that distinct fizz.


The gas is also used by brewers in other parts of the beer making process, making its constrained supply all the more concerning and telling on an impending beer shortage.


And to make matters worse, one of the natural sources and leading supply for many brewers of CO2 in the US, near Jackson Dome in Mississippi, has been contaminated by an extinct volcano...





This Surprising Shortage Is Spelling Trouble for Pizza, Meat & Beer Right Now

Turns out carbon dioxide is essential for many of our end-of-summer treats.


By Meaghan Cameron, Eat This, Not That! 

September 1, 2022


Shortages have been big news in the post-Covid era due to the current state of the supply chain, affecting everything from baby formula to Sriracha. At this point, it seems like the next item on your list of favorite foods is on the chopping block every other day. And, unfortunately, with this current carbon dioxide shortage, that continues to be the case.


While a carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage makes you think of the obvious—beer and soda—it actually affects more food products than you initially assume. An executive of the Compressed Gas Association told The Wall Street Journal that upwards of 70% of the CO2 produced in the U.S. is used for both beverages and food. For example, outside of giving your drinks their signature fizz, CO2 is also used to bring the temperature of food down before it's frozen and is even used to stun animals before slaughter, according to The Journal.


CO2 supply has actually been tight since 2020, as we've previously reported. There have been many factors at play behind the shortage, which range from oil prices skyrocketing to ethanol plants cutting production. Carbon dioxide is a byproduct of ethanol production, so when fewer cars were on the roads during Covid, less ethanol was needed for gas, thus less CO2 was produced as a result.


Now, maintenance shutdowns of CO2 plants and general summer demand are also to blame, the WSJ reports...