A Yorkshire business that helps makers of carbonated drinks to keep their fizz for longer has shaken up the way it works to ensure customers from all over the world don’t fall flat during the ongoing pandemic.
Made by Sustain CO2 Ltd, CO2Sustain is a patented liquid foam control and carbonation aid that offers manufacturers and brands the ability to retain and extend carbonation, giving consumers longer lasting fizzy drinks.
From its manufacturing base in Leeds, Sustain CO2 Ltd’s team of technical innovations chemists pioneered the preservative-free, foaming and carbonation aid to increase the carbon dioxide content and extend the carbonation shelf life of soft drinks, using an exclusive formulation.
Following months of overseas travel restrictions, Sustain CO2 Ltd revised its business model to adapt to a way of working that meant continued service to some of the world’s leading makers of carbonated drinks. Six figure investment at its production facility including a state of the art laboratory Armfield carbonator meant that for the first time, face to face meetings all over the world were no longer a necessity with customers able to transport their carbonated drinks for testing to the lab in Leeds.
Utilising the Armfield carbonator in the newly fitted out laboratory, the team of scientists can use CO2 Sustain to remotely solve any issues with beverage products. Tests carried out to customer specifications in the lab range from carbonation shelf life trials to light-weighting of PET bottles and general production line efficiency improvements.
Jonathan Stott , business manager at Sustain CO2 Ltd commented: “The impact of the Covid-19 restrictions led us to re-evaluate our day to day operations. Instead of travelling the globe to see our customers in person and demonstrate how we can help them, we decided to bring the customers or rather their carbonated drinks to our UK laboratory.
“Once all the necessary tests and evaluations are complete, the re-carbonated beverages are returned to the customer with and without CO2 Sustain. This enables the customers to taste the difference that CO2 Sustain brings to their beverages without us being there in person and without the customer having to do the technical work themselves. This accelerates the approval process, enabling the customer to go to trial with a pre-determined dosage and data on quantifiable benefits. The system has meant minimal disruption to the way we conduct our business regardless of where the customer is based. This has also helped them to maintain production of their beverages and see significant savings at an economically critical time.”
The addition of new equipment and investment in lab facilities has also led to recruitment opportunities. Experienced technician Tope Pitan has recently joined the business as laboratory manager and is responsible for the operation of the laboratory carbonator. Tope, who previously worked for Coca-Cola in Nigeria, brings five years of experience in the drinks industry to the team.
In addition, manufacturing partner, Stephenson, has also invested in a new vessel dedicated to CO2 Sustain production, increasing the capacity by a further 25% to meet demand from new customers gained since the start of the pandemic together with increasing volumes from existing customers across the world.
Added Jonathan: “Just like every business fighting on through this pandemic, video conferencing technology has been key to operations and we recently hosted our first virtual CO2 Sustain conference with over 100 participants from leading drinks manufacturers and brands across Latin America. The event was a huge success and the plan is to roll this format out around the world.”