Wrexham Lager brewery only has enough CO2 for three weeks
Wrexham Lager brewery only has enough CO2 gas to continue production for three weeks.
A sharp rise in gas prices forced the closure of two large fertiliser plants in Teeside and Cheshire had, which cut the supply of CO2 to the food industry.
This created a “very serious” situation for Wrexham’s iconic brewer, where the gas is essential for the brewing process.
It was facing the prospect of having to halt production after receiving only a fraction of the gas it had ordered.
But reports of an agreement has been struck between the UK Government and fertiliser firm CF Industries in the hope of restarting production at its UK sites has raised hopes at the brewery that disaster can be averted.
After just learning of the deal, Wrexham Lager’s sales and operation manager Joss Roberts told the Leader: “I’m ecstatic. I think I’ll go and have a pint.”
He added: “But it was a very serious situation. We had ways of making the supply we had last longer but we could only have kept going for three weeks.
“People drink their pint of lager in the pub but don’t realise what goes on behind closed doors. We had received just a quarter of the CO2 that we had ordered and it was pot luck whether other orders were going to come through.