What is different from previous years is that, affected by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, the price of natural gas in European countries has soared, which has led to a significant reduction in the production of chemical fertilizers using natural gas, and the production of carbon dioxide has also dropped significantly. It is reported that the total amount of carbon dioxide currently available to German beer producers and bottlers is only 30% to 40% of the previous amount, which cannot produce enough carbonic acid. Germans who like to drink beer may have to reduce their consumption of beer in the next few months. .
“This has a huge impact on many companies,” said Holger Eichler, head of the German Brewers Association. Tobias Bierenstein, a member of the German Mineral Water Association, noted that production has been reduced in some places.
Many German brewers and bottlers expect that the shortage of carbonic acid may continue.