Tuesday, 13 April 2021

ASDA to limit purchases of fizzy drinks

LONDON: Supermarket giant Asda has rationed sales of fizzy drinks, after panic-stricken shoppers started bulk buying over fears of a CO2 shortage hitting supplies.

Online sales of certain soft-drinks like Pepsi, Fanta and 7Up have been restricted on the shop’s site.

Crumpets, Coca cola, meat and beer have already been hit, with companies like Warburtons and Heiniken scaling back production.

Even Irn Bru could potentially be at risk if the crisis continues.

Iceland and Lidl have also reported a shortage of carbonated beverages as production by top brands fell due to concerns over supply.

Pubs, bars and restaurants across the country say they are running out of major beer brands ahead of one of the busiest weekends of the year.

A combination of warm weather and World Cup enthusiasm has been a major boon British pub-owners in recent weeks – but some have voiced concerns there may not be enough fizz to go around.

Beer, cider, ready meals and other meat products have been affected by a shortage of carbon dioxide, a vital component in the production of processed foods and packaging.

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