Specialty Gases for the Cincinnati Food & Beverage Industry

Using industrial and specialty gases certainly isn’t new to the Cincinnati food industry. Generally, these gases find a considerable number of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases rated and delivered for food packaging are ubiquitous in the food industry worldwide, benefiting such products as …

  • Red Meats
  • Poultry
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Salty Snacks
  • Peanut Butter
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Beer and Wine
  • Processed Meats
  • Dairy Products
  • Dry & Dehydrated Foods
  • Prepared Foods
  • Bakery Foods
  • Fresh Vegetables

Liquid nitrogen and liquid carbon dioxide are used to freeze meats, including beef, pork, chicken and fish, both raw and partially prepared, as well as fruits, vegetables, ice cream, and baked goods. A gas-based technique allows practically immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that rapid temperature decrease helps retain the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can become unpalatable with antiquated freezing techniques. We at Wright Brothers can tell you more about the freezers and refrigerators these processes require – and even provide you with the units most appropriate for your operations.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing spans more than 125 years. These days, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 provided in cylinders of varied sizes. This ensures a quality final product since it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free, thanks to the way its prepared. Today’s local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – as well as world-class breweries – tend to demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Also requested are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they facilitate pouring a lot of those customer-pleasing Porter-style dark beers.

Even Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide have become global clichés, a lot of other foods and beverages use PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that tends to be unseen by the consumer. A prime illustration is fruit ripening. For better than fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been integral parts of the banana supply chain globally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and warehoused at carefully controlled temperatures. The preeminent grocery distributors receive this fruit and move it into ripening chambers that admit a deliberate flow of ethylene. This boosts the natural ripening process to provide that golden-yellow glow that entices us to buy bananas from the grocery store.

Another big gas-consuming application consists of deploying nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which lengthens shelf life and enhances product appearance. The most familiar process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with limited moisture and oxygen content to safeguard a wide variety of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. More complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen are used to create what’s commonly called Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP).

The examples cited here don’t even begin to convey the countless ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging enterprises use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our staff is well versed in the cost-effective use of food industry gases. , we’re eager to work with you to help extend the shelf life and enhance the appearance of your products. Phone Wright Brothers at 800-637-2222 or contact us online to see that you get the proper gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.