Explosion At Florida Factory Means Whipped Cream Shortage This Christmas


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Many people will have to whip their own whipping cream this Christmas if they can’t find the store-bought aerosol cans. There’s a nation-wide shortage of whipped cream cans due to a fatal explosion at a nitrous oxide plant in August.

Reddi-wip, made by ConAgra Foods, is particularly hard hit, with customers already complaining about the product disappearing from store shelves.


Nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, is also used by hospitals, dentists and, of course, Vin Diesel’s Dodge Charger in “Fast and Furious,” in addition to whipped cream canisters.

The shortage can be directly attributed to an August explosion at a Florida factory that sells nitrous oxide. After an accident on the loading dock caused an explosion of the nitrous oxide tanks, Airgas, the nation’s leading supplier of the gas, had to cease production “indefinitely.” The explosion killed one employee, but no others were wounded or killed.

“Airgas Nitrous Oxide is making all possible efforts to remedy the situation as quickly as possible and impacted customers have been notified directly,” Sarah Boxler, a spokeswoman for Airgas, told the Chicago Tribune.

ConAgra says that Reddi-wip is still available, “but we’re encouraging people to buy it early,” Lanie Friedman, spokeswoman for the company said.


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