Convenience stores could be on the brink of having no availability of certain soft drinks, the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has warned.

According to the trade body, some soft drink suppliers only have a few days of CO2 supply left in reserve for their products. “As it stands, most CO2 suppliers are currently not scheduling beyond 24 hours in advance, meaning there is no visibility as to UK stocks and no certainty around deliveries.

“If soft drinks manufacturers cannot get hold of CO2 supplies after their reserves have run out, production of certain products will have to cease.”

The BSDA urged the government to add the food and drink sector to its priority list of CO2 supply. “We urge the Government to support the operation of UK fertiliser plants through to the end of the year to stop this issue from rearing its head at Christmas.”

The CO2 shortages come as availability in convenience stores have been hit by a shortage of lorry drivers.

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