If you're a fan of a hot, buttered crumpet to start your day, you might want to start stocking up - as the UK is set to face a temporary shortage of the tasty breakfast item.
Due to the current shortage of carbon dioxide, crumpet producers across the nation are finding that their has production has been hit.
Carbon dixoide (CO2), is used to package the tasty, bread-based treats, to keep them fresh, and prevent them from going mouldy.
In fact, the largest producer of crumpets in the UK, Warburtons, has recently revealed that they’ve had to halt production as the firm has run out of carbon dixoide. Warburtons currently supplies 1.5 million crumpets a week to customers across the nation.
A spokesperson, Tearmh Taylor, has told the BBC, “We have had quite big shortfalls. We’re probably running at about 50% of what we can normally make.”
Plants in London and Burnley have run out of carbon dioxide, but Warburtons revealed that the site in Stockton still has intermittent access to the gas.
The company went on to reveal that luckily however, production could resume as soon as this week. However, this cannot be confirmed.
Fans have been left gutted by the recent news, with many taking to social media to share how they’re preparing for the shortage.
One wrote, ‘Oh NO 😩😩 l will need to find a shop that has them and stock up cannot go without my morning Crumpets’.
Another also said, Surely this can’t be true 😢
Production of beers, ciders and soft drinks have also been hit by the latest shortage of CO2. Carbon dioxide puts the fizz into the popular drinks, and without it, production is slowing.
Some meat products also struggling from the lack of the gas, which is used in abattoir’s across the country.
Pubs around the UK, including the Wetherspoon chain, had previously revealed that they were running low on certain beer brands, including Amstel and Strongbow.
However, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, reassured punters that other beers are in plentiful supply.
She said, “Although stocks of bulk CO2 remain low, brewers across the country are working their socks off around the clock to ensure there is still plenty of beer to go around.”
The recent CO2 shortage has been caused by closures of several UK and European producers of the gas for maintenance. Reportedly, just two of the five plants that produce carbon dioxide in the UK are currently open.
Luckily however, a number of European plants are set to increase supply, while tankers of liquid CO2 from Europe are slowly being delivered to the UK, according to the BBC.
In the meantime, it may be time to switch to toast…