Beer Rationing Introduced and Sausages Under Threat as CO2 Crisis Worsens

By Gary Cutlack on at

There is literally a low-level type of beer rationing in place in the UK at the moment, as one of the largest wholesalers supplying the food and drinks industry has begun limiting sales of some fizzy alcohols as the bizarre shortage of food-grade CO2 continues.

Booker is the place doing the rationing, and Booker is one of those massive warehouse places that sell huge tins of things, cardboard boxes full of 10,000 napkins, 50 litre drums of cooking oil, and bottles and cans for businesses to stock up their fridges and cabinets with. Booker is now limiting the amount of some beers and fizzy drinks buyers can take home, explaining: "Due to the international shortage of CO2, we are experiencing some supply issues on soft drinks and beer. We are currently working hard with our suppliers to minimise the impact for our customers and to optimise availability with the stock that is available."

But if that doesn't matter because you only drink room temperature water filtered through a graphene mesh because a social media influencer said so, how about this: sausages might be next on the rationing list. Now it's panic time. Scottish meat business Quality Pork says it's put activities at its slaughterhouse and processing plants on hold, as it can't get the CO2 needed to run the animal stunning machines. Although having just read about how CO2 stunning is used on pigs (basically a pig gas chamber) perhaps it's not such a loss after all. [Sky News]