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Cape cold drinks could lose their fizz

There’s concern among local soft drink bottling businesses due to a carbon dioxide shortage.

The Cape Town Chamber of Commerce has admitted there is concern among local soft drink bottling businesses that are unable to produce at full capacity, due to a carbon dioxide shortage

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Chamber of Commerce has admitted there is concern among local soft drink bottling businesses that are unable to produce at full capacity due to a carbon dioxide shortage.

Many have complained about the difficulty of obtaining the gas since March.

Some beverage companies in the Western and Eastern Cape obtain CO2 from the PetroSA refinery in Mossel Bay.

The chamber's Michael Bagraim said companies use this period to produce supplies for summer.

"We expect that it's going to get worse and we expect it's going to retard some of the growth in the development of that business and businesses who are trying to sell cold drinks over the summer season."

Quality Beverages Sean Burton said while the lack of CO2 is causing problems for everyone, they are making use of a back-up plan.

"This year we started earlier, with back up stocks for the summer period, just in case the CO2 does affect us again."

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