In Russia, there was a shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the production of carbonated drinks
According to Ukrinform, this is reported by “Kommersant” with reference to industry representatives.
According to a source in one of the large companies producing soft drinks, difficulties with the purchase of carbon dioxide arose in late May – early June, and the shortage of this ingredient is still estimated at 10-15%.
Yury Antonov, General Director of MPBK Ochakovo, said that the company has been experiencing a “critical shortage” of carbon dioxide for the past two weeks and is forced to adjust its production program. The Chernogolovka Group of Companies says that 15-20% of carbonated drinks will be at risk in July if it is not possible to purchase a sufficient amount of carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide is a by-product in the production of fertilizers, the supply of which to foreign markets began to decline due to the crisis in connection with military operations in Ukraine, one of the interlocutors of the publication explained. In addition, he believes that demand for carbon dioxide from other industries, such as the chemical industry, could increase, and some plants that produce CO2 may have begun scheduled repairs.
After the start of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, many international companies announced the suspension of work in the Russian Federation or the withdrawal from the Russian market. Among them are the largest beverage producers – Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Coca-Cola has announced that it is ceasing operations in Russia and is selling off stocks of its products, and PepsiCo has announced that it will stop producing its most popular drinks, Pepsi, Mirinda and 7Up, at Russian factories.
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