Brewers association

Notice: Potential CO2 deficit available

The significant economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, along with related global economic trends, has significantly affected overall industrial manufacturing demand and production that leads to CO2 capture.

Many industrial manufacturers have already idled their plants due to lower demand, leading to less access to CO2 for industrial gas suppliers. Some industrial gas companies have been forced to ration available CO2 products among essential commercial users, including food and beverage manufacturing plants. Preliminary data shows that CO2 production has decreased by around 20% and experts predict that CO2 production could be reduced by 50% by mid-April. A CO2 shortage would impact the availability in the United States of fresh foods, canned foods, and beverages, including beer production.

Locally, shortages may or may not still be apparent. In some areas, local suppliers still have sufficient supplies due to lower demand from bars, breweries and restaurants. In other areas, CO2 suppliers have implemented rationing, which means reduced shipments to end users. Additionally, aggregate suppliers in some regions are beginning to see reduced shipments, which will affect CO2 availability.

The Brewers Association works with a industry coalition depend on CO2 to solve the problem at the federal level. Led by the Compressed Gas Association, the coalition is seeking temporary and emergency federal assistance needed to prevent CO2 shortages by offering federal incentives to industrial manufacturers to restart manufacturing plants that produce CO2.

The Brewers Association recommends contacting your local CO2 supplier to get an accurate picture of the situation in your area.. Now is a good time to review your contract with your CO2 supplier to understand your obligations and options and those of your supplier. Minimize your CO2 consumption by maximizing your efficiency.

Resource: Guidelines for economical use of carbon dioxide in the brewery