Our love of soft drinks is about to be tested


Venezuelans love soft drinks. They really do.

I must admit, I love them too. Even if is not the healthiest thing, people here spend more on carbonated drinks than on fresh fruit.

Well, that could change sooner than we think.

The petrochemical branch of the PDVSA roja, rojita is not producing enough carbon dioxide, key ingredient to make soft drinks.

So, there’s a chance that this Christmas could be soda-free, unless a solution is found. This holiday season could be a very different one.

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  1. So, “Less ‘bubbly’ and more ‘Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble'” it seems: time to corner the market on Christmas Cauldrons, perhaps?

    • Yeah, he’s totally into Kyoto Accord now. Next, he will follow Stephane Dion’s example and call the morrocoya or whatever mascot he has like that.

    • Sure, PDVSA no longer produces enough gasoline, so it has to be imported. Sure their tank farms and refineries tend to explode. Sure, oil production is down. CO2? No biggie.

      There is, however, one gas in which they have expanded production by at least 1100% in the past 14 years: hot air.

    • I am not an expert, but the CO2 in beer is not added. It is part of the fermentation process:
      ” Fermentation is the process by which yeast converts the glucose in the wort to ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide gas…”
      There’s no reason to panic, C…

      • While this is definitely true in “traditional” brewing, I am not sure if this is the case for mass-produced beers. As far as I know, fermentation takes places at ambient pressure, so the carbon dioxide produced “escapes” for the liquid and as a result the beer is only very mildly carbonated, if at all. Then, carbonation can be added in two ways: you can take the beer, add some sugar, and ferment it again in a pressurized container so that CO2 is dissolved in the liquid, which is called a secondary fermentation, or you can just take your beer, filter it, and add CO2 artificially (usually during the bottling, just like a soda). I believe that most industrial beers are produced by this last method (forced carbonation).

        Holidays without beer = 🙁

  2. It’s a plot! When Polar beer sales skyrocket over the Holidays, Chavez will appear on television, point to the corporate logo of Empresas Polar, and shout to a delighted studio audience, ….’expropriate!’ …Lorenzo Mendoza will then be arrested, PDVSA will run the new company, Polar beer will have the taste of oil sludge and Venezuelan arepas will now be made using Bolivian flour. Yup. It’s a plot.

  3. Our sodas aren’t the only threatened thing: has anyone seen turkeys in th shops? By this time in previous years, I had seen the infelcitously monickered ?Happy Turkey’ brand in the supermarkets. This year, Zilch!

    • Oh, they are in Venezuela all right. In an unrefrigerated container in Puerto Cabello.

      Have no fear, though. Due to the wonders of XXIst Century Socialism, they will be available in February just in time for Carnaval. Probably at very discounted prices.

      • Facts is facts, matey! Right now, at this point in time, currently, the nation is seriously Turkey-Challenged and Christmas approaches inexorably! Nota al pie: But there is masa available, complete with palm-leaf clusters in El Hatillo! All is not lost!


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