Specialty Gases for the Albany Food & Beverage Industry

For ages now, the Albany food industry has been using industrial and specialty gases. 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 leave their imprint on just about all of the 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 common freezing agents for 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 permits nearly immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that fast temperature lessening protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can deteriorate with standard freezing equipment. We at Noble Gas Solutions can tell you more about 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 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 shipped in cylinders that vary by volume. This ensures a top-grade final product because it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free, thanks to the way its prepared. Modern local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, in particular – world-class breweries, too – most often call for PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally desired are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they make it easier to properly pour a lot of those well-liked Porter-style dark beers.

At the same time soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide have become global fixtures, a number of other foods and beverages benefit from PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that the consumer doesn’t see. A perfect illustration is fruit ripening. For better than fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary components in the banana supply chain worldwide. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, transported, and stored at carefully monitored temperatures. Top grocery distributors take possession of this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that admit a precisely monitored flow of ethylene. This speeds up the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow we look for when we go to buy bananas from the grocery store.

Another large gas-consuming application entails deploying nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and spruces up product appearance. The most familiar process uses High Purity nitrogen with minimal moisture and oxygen content to protect a wide variety of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. A packaging material widely referenced as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP) utilizes117] more complex, specially prepared mixtures of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples outlined here don’t even begin to convey the wide-ranging ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging enterprises use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our professionals are experts in the economical use of food industry gases. , we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help increase the shelf life and upgrade the appearance of your products. Phone Noble Gas Solutions at (518) 465-5229 or contact us online to make sure you’re getting the correct gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.