Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin call on government for reassurance over World Cup Pint

Bottling of beer, soft drinks and even some foods has been hit by shortage of CO2.

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Dudley MP Ian Austin stood up in Parliament today and asked Teresa May for a plan of action to make sure football fans can enjoy a pint during the world cup.

It comes after Black County brewer Holdens – who have been bottling beer for over 75 years - along with other producers of beer, soft drinks and pre-packed foods like salads, stopped production because of the European shortage of carbon dioxide gas (CO2).

The UK’s biggest wholesaler – Bookers, which supplies stores like Londis, Budgens and the Premier chains - has also begun rationing beer, cider and soft drinks and suppliers of chicken, pork and bags of salad have also been affected by the shortage of CO2.

The problem has been caused by high demand this summer for fizzy drinks and beer, together with maintenance work at chemical plants in Europe which provide the gas.

Holdens – which is based in Woodsetton in Dudley - has been brewing beer for over 75 years, and didn’t even cease production during the war.

Austin wants to know what the Government is doing to ensure businesses in the Black Country and around the UK will not suffer from the C02 shortage.

Ian Austin said:

“The Black Country is home to some of the best beer in Britain, bottled by brilliant brewers like Holdens.

“We will all be rooting for England when they reach the World Cup final, so I want to know what the government will be doing to make sure we can all enjoy a pint to cheer them on with.”

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