The Fiji Times » CO2 shortage affects beer production worldwide, including in Fiji

Beer producers around the world have been hit by a shortage of carbon dioxide and Fiji has not escaped a shortage of the key ingredient unscathed.

Paradise Beverages said it was “affected” by the low supply of CO2 gas, an essential part of the production of soft drinks including Fiji Bitter and Fiji Gold.

Local distributors contacted this newspaper last week, saying they were turned away from Paradise Beverages factories after learning there was a shortage of Fiji Beer and Fiji Gold.

“As with many businesses in Fiji, we are affected by supply chain issues and global uncertainties,” said Paradise Beverages managing director Mike Spencer.

“CO2 is an ingredient that we and other soft drink manufacturers use and there are global supply chain issues that we are all working on.

“We are focused on continuing to produce our much-loved brands including Fiji Gold, Fiji Bitter, Ratu, Joskes Brew with Cola, to name a few.”

Beer makers in the United States and Australia have reported that a CO2 shortage in the global market is affecting production and could last for months.

Paradise Beverages did not provide answers to specific questions about the shutdown of beer production, current beer stock, and when stock would run out if CO2 was not available.

The company also did not specify which beer products were having production issues due to the unavailability of CO2.

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