FDF makes statement on CO2 shortage that may limit shoppers choice

Ian Wright, Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), has made a statement regarding the shortage of CO2, which is beginning to affect various foodservice industry sectors.

Wight said, “We remain in discussion with a number of governmental departments, but many of the key questions we've asked in relation to the scale and timeframe of the CO2 shortage remain unanswered.

'There is a serious concern that consumers may face a limited choice of food and drink on supermarket shelves if a normal supply of CO2 is not restored as quickly as possible.”

Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, FDF said, “FDF and its members are concerned about CO2 supplies and the lack of clarity regarding how long a shortage might last and the scale of such a shortage.

'Despite the focus in the media on certain sectors, this is an issue that will affect much of the UK's £112bn farm-to-fork supply chain.

'Government must act with urgency to assess the issue as quickly as possible and support the industry through any period of restricted supply.”