Specialty Gases for the Sioux Falls Food & Beverage Industry

Using industrial and specialty gases definitely isn’t new to the Sioux Falls food industry. Normally, these gases find a plethora of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases assessed and provided for food packaging touch almost the whole food industry, protecting or enhancing 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 technique permits almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that fast temperature lessening protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can dissipate with traditional freezing equipment. Look to A-OX Welding Supply for authoritative background 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 more than a century and a quarter of precedence. Today, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of different capacities. This ensures a quality final product given that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that, by preparation and analysis, does not have any taste or odor. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – not to mention world-class breweries – typically specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Also sought after are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they facilitate pouring a lot of those familiar Porter-style dark beers.

Never mind that soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide have become global fixtures, many other foods and beverages make use of PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that’s frequently unseen by the consumer. A good case in point is fruit ripening. For fifty years or so, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been inseparable components in the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and inventoried at carefully controlled temperatures. Big grocery distributors get this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that admit a precisely monitored flow of ethylene. This boosts the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow that entices us to buy bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another large gas-consuming application consists of employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which furthers shelf life and spruces up product appearance. The most familiar process utilizes High Purity nitrogen with very low moisture and oxygen content to protect a broad range of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To create what most in the industry call Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), food processors make use of more complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples presented here barely 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 people are well versed in the economically responsible use of food industry gases. Even better, we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help prolong the shelf life and improve the appearance of your products. Call A-OX Welding Supply at 605-336-1125 or contact us online to determine the correct gas mixture in the best packaging to meet your needs.