Those Plants warned on Friday that the UK’s food grade CO2 is 60% fertilizer, and that current CO2 levels could lead to food shortages in 14 days at a time. Gas ran out.
The gas is used to prevent the slaughter of animals and to extend the shelf life of fresh, frozen and baked goods and to pack in carbonated beverages.
BMPA chief executive Nick Allen told the BBC on Saturday that the factories had been flooded with calls since the closure. “Retailers are really worried,” he added.
“This crisis is at the mercy of a few major fertilizer manufacturers (four or five companies) in northern Europe,” Allen said in a statement.
Yven General Manager Sven Torre Holstein told CNN Business: “Ammonia production is not profitable in Europe at the moment. He said the company, which monitors the situation on a daily basis, temporarily relied on ammonia production in other parts of the world. Yara’s whole plant does not produce CO2.
The British Retail Consortium on Monday called on the British government to ensure adequate CO2 supply to food producers and to “avoid significant disruption to food supplies”.
A British government official was due to meet with energy industry officials on Monday amid growing fears that many gas and energy suppliers could lose out due to rising prices and a lack of reliable supply for commercial and retail customers.
A government spokesman told CNN Business on Monday that authorities were monitoring the situation closely and maintaining normal contact with food and agricultural companies.
The approaching CO2 shortage is very serious A time for British food producers already struggling with a shortage of heavy truck drivers and chaotic supply chains. The British Poultry Council warned on Friday that Christmas production is not supported by the government.
“With less than 100 days to go and the growing shortage of labor, the demand for British poultry production is pushing harder,” said Richard Griffis, executive director of the British Poultry Council.
“It’s not about Christmas. It’s about turning the wheels and keeping the lights on so we can get to Christmas.” Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland Foods Supermarket Chain, told the BBC. This is not a matter for months to come.
UK natural gas prices jumped 420% year-on-year in September, according to S&P Global Platts. Gas prices in Europe are also rising sharply, with stock depletion, competition with Asia for liquefied natural gas and low supply from Russia.
– Julia Horoitz contributed to the report.