Video: The perils of a fizz-less drink

By Anthony Brown

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Anthony Brown is a postgraduate researcher interested in entrepreneurship in an international context. Anthony was recently interviewed by Sky News to discuss the implications of the carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage on food and drink manufacturers.

There have been plenty of headlines recently highlighting the current shortage in carbon dioxide (CO2) supply and how this will impact food and drink production across Europe. CO2 is used to make drinks fizzy, preserve pre-packed salad, and produce the instantly recognisable crumpet. But what happens when the supply of CO2 drops?

Depending on the product in question, CO2 may be sourced locally, globally, or a mixture of both. If a supplier is unable to provide the CO2 required, the manufacturer has to look elsewhere to source it or risks producing a sub-standard product (or no product at all). For the UK the CO2 shortage has been particularly difficult – it relies heavily on local suppliers due to CO2 being troublesome and costly to import.

Selling a product that does not meet the consumer’s expectations could have a long-standing negative impact on reputation and profits. This leaves the manufacturers with a difficult decision - to streamline production and continue to manufacture only the most popular products, or, to stop production completely. For small businesses, closure may be the only option.

In this video, Anthony Brown explains the reasons behind the reduced supply of CO2 and the impact the CO2 shortage is having on manufacturing companies, highlighting why an integrated supply chain is so important.

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