Specialty Gases for the Beaumont Food & Beverage Industry The use of industrial and specialty gases by the Beaumont food industry is longstanding. Usually, these gases find a plethora of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension. PurityPlus® gases authorized and prepared for food packaging touch almost the whole food industry, encompassing 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 process enables almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or less, and that quick temperature lessening safeguards the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can become unpleasant with standard freezing methods. Look to Coastal Welding Supply for authoritative details on the freezers and refrigerators typically used for these purposes. Not only that, but we can also deliver the freezers and refrigerators you need. The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing has a greater than 125-year history. Today, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of various sizes dimensions. This ensures a superior final product since it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free by preparation and analysis. Modern local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – world-class breweries, besides – generally specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Also favored are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they make it easier to properly pour many of those frequently demanded Porter-style dark beers. Even Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are found practically around the world, many other foods and beverages avail themselves of PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that tends to be beyond the consumer’s awareness. A good illustration is fruit ripening. For more than fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary parts of the banana supply chain around the world. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and warehoused at carefully monitored temperatures. Major grocery distributors take possession of this fruit and move it into ripening chambers that introduce a measured flow of ethylene. This escalates the natural ripening process to produce that golden-yellow glow that entices us to purchase bananas from the grocery or produce store. Another major gas-consuming application consists of using nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and enhances product appearance. The most familiar process utilizes High Purity nitrogen with limited moisture and oxygen content to preserve a great many products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. A packaging material commonly called Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP) deploys117] more complex, specially prepared combinations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen. The examples presented here only represent a fraction of the myriad ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging operations use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our staff is well versed in how to use food industry gases economically. Even better, we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help increase the shelf life and improve the appearance of your products. Phone Coastal Welding Supply at 800-852-4177 or contact us online to make sure you’re getting the right gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.