Cold comfort


For American Carbonation Corporation Vice-President of Operations Daniel Koerner, each day presents a puzzle of how he will put the pieces of a broken supply chain together to keep customers provided with CO2. Amid increasing demand for CO2 and dry ice, Koerner and his American Carbonation colleagues have been contending with supply chain pains in the Northeast and CO2 shortages this year.

“Unfortunately, it’s [CO2 shortages] been the status quo since beginning of September,” Tim Koerner, Daniel’s brother and Owner of  American Carbonation, told gasworld in the week leading up to Halloween, a busy time for dry ice demand. “We still have an allocation out to our customers, we are getting by but between the rail service and a lot of plants going up and down over the past few months it has just been really tough for supply for everyone. The problem is right now is supply. There’s no margin between supply and demand. If you have the supply go down, you’re looking for CO2 and you can’t get it anywhere, because there’s no where to go because there’s no back-up supply. Everything that is being produced is being sold. It’s been one of the worst supply shortages we have seen.”

Palmer, Massachusetts-based American Carbonation supplies liquid CO2, medical grade CO2 and related equipment and services to distributors as well as large industrial, chemical, beverage and food businesses. Its network of dry ice distributors stretches through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

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