Raise a glass to the new cryo markets


Despite various factors affecting carbon dioxide (CO2) availability, the expanding brewing and cannabis sectors are still managing to obtain supplies. As Sam Fatoohi, of telemetry maker Pulsa, was recently quoted when addressing the availability of CO2: “It appears that folks who need it can get it.” But that doesn’t mean it is as straightforward as before.

Firstly, the global thirst for craft beers seems to be unslakable and microbreweries are leading the demand for electric vaporizers and for CO2. Many such breweries are start-ups or small businesses in their first flush of youth, so are limited on space. An electric vaporizer fits their need perfectly and this is where FIBA offshoot FinnCo has been meeting the demand.

As breweries become less micro and more mainstream, they need ever-larger CO2 deliveries. Previously, small-to-medium-sized end users’ needs were satisfied with 3,000 gallon-capacity microbulk trucks for deliveries by gas distribution specialists, but a demand for larger trailers that can hold up to 40,000 pounds of gas has now arisen.

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