Jamie Bentley from The Stephenson Group
A Leeds-based manufacturing company has come up with a solution to the European shortage of carbon dioxide that is causing concern for drinks manufacturers during the world cup.
Scientists at the Stephenson Group have invented a range of carbon dioxide solubilisers, which helps to ensure drinks retain their fizz for longer, as well as improving taste.
While news reports have suggested that Britain could be running out of beer and fizzy drinks because the European supply of carbon dioxide is at an all-time low, Stephenson Group hopes that its innovative product, called Sustain, could be the solution.
The drought comes when spending on alcohol has increased as football fans flock to pubs and bars or stock up during the World Cup.
Sustain is used as a processing aid in the manufacturing process of carbonated drinks. It was developed by Stephenson Group’s Technical Innovations Chemists, in direct response to a problem that has plagued the carbonated drinks market for years: carbon dioxide loss.
Jamie Bentley, CEO of Stephenson Group commented: “Drinks manufacturers are facing a tough few weeks as stocks of the carbon dioxide they use to fizz up their drinks run dangerously low. The shortage couldn’t have come at a worse time for pubs, bars and supermarkets, coinciding with the World Cup which, as it only happens every four years, is a golden trading period.
“If football fans can’t get hold of alcohol and fizzy drinks during the tournament this could spell disaster for the hospitality trade. Our product has been formulated to make sure drinks don’t lose their fizz and stay fizzy for longer, meaning less carbon dioxide is actually required in the first place and less is also wasted.”
Sustain has been developed to allow drinks manufacturers and brands to maximise carbon dioxide retention and enhance consumers’ overall product experience.
Jamie added: “Even without an industry shortage, traditionally a lot of carbon dioxide is wasted during the manufacturing process. By the time a drink reaches a consumer it has lost up to 40% of its fizz. We can help drastically reduce this wastage and preserve valuable carbon dioxide stocks so drinkers don’t have to worry. Even more carbon dioxide is lost when the bottle is opened resulting in the drink going flat very quickly. Our product slows this process down making sure drinks not only taste better but also stay fizzy for much longer.”
In a recent customer Shelf Life Study, Stephenson scientists measured the carbon dioxide levels in cola over 20 weeks, the drinks dosed with Sustain showing 20% more carbon dioxide than undosed samples.
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