Specialty Gases for the Buffalo Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have been used for ages in the Buffalo food industry. Usually, these gases find numerous applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases graded and dedicated for food packaging impact pretty much every part of the food industry, 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 commonly employed 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 process facilitates nearly immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that rapid temperature diminishment protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can become unpleasant with conventional freezing equipment. We at Haun Specialty Gases can give you all the facts you need on the freezers and refrigerators these processes require – and even get you the units most appropriate for your operations.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing goes back more than 125 years. Today, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of different sizes. This ensures a quality final product given that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that has no taste or smell by virtue of its preparation. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – not to mention world-class breweries – will specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Also requested are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they make it easier to properly pour most of those popular Porter-style dark beers.

Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are found almost everywhere in world, a number of other foods and beverages employ PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that the consumer doesn’t see. A perfect case in point is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been regarded as essential parts of the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, transported, and warehoused at carefully controlled temperatures. Large-scale grocery distributors get this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that introduce a controlled flow of ethylene. This enhances the natural ripening process to bring about that golden-yellow glow that entices us to buy bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another major gas-consuming application consists of employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and spruces up product appearance. The most familiar process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with little moisture and oxygen content to preserve a wide variety of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To produce what’s best known as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), food processors make use of more complex, specially prepared mixtures of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples described here only scratch the surface of the thousands of ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging companies use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our professionals are experts in the cost-efficient use of food industry gases. Best of all, we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help increase the shelf life and upgrade the appeal of your products. Phone Haun Specialty Gases at 716-630-9353 or contact us online to see that you get the right gas mixture in the best packaging to meet your needs.