Coke Production Paused as Bubbles Shortage Kicks in

By Gary Cutlack on at

The common man's tea is falling victim to the Europe-wide shortage in food-grade carbon dioxide, with mighty conglomerate Coca-Cola failing to get hold of enough of the stuff to meet its needs and temporarily halting bottling and the putting-of-chemicals-in-cans in the UK.

Coke says it has "temporarily paused" production of some of its ranges of classic sugar and aspartame infusions, although it's currently still able to meet demand from retailers. Although the weather forecast for the coming week says it might be time to start the panic-buying if you can't get through a morning without something fizzy from a branded tin.

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola said: "We are currently responding to an industry-wide issue that is impacting the supply of CO2 in the UK. Our focus is on limiting the effect this may have on the availability of our products. During this time we temporarily paused some of our production lines for short periods, however there has been no disruption to supply to date and we are continuing to fulfil orders to our customers." [BBC]