Specialty Gases for the Riverside Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have been  used for years in the Riverside food industry. Normally, these gases find a lot of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases authorized and dedicated for food packaging leave their imprint on just about all 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 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 allows nearly immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that fast temperature decrease helps retain the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can become unpleasant with antiquated freezing methods. Look to Elite Air for authoritative data on the freezers and refrigerators these processes require. In addition, we can deliver the freezers and refrigerators you need.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing spans more than 125 years. Today, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers make use of beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of different dimensions. This helps guarantee a top-grade final product due to the fact that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free, thanks to the way its prepared. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – not to mention world-class breweries – generally specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally sought after are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they facilitate pouring most of those frequently demanded Porter-style dark beers.

Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are generally par for the course around the world, a number of other foods and beverages benefit from PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that goes unnoticed by the consumer. A perfect example is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been indispensible parts of the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. Leading grocery distributors get this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that allow a measured flow of ethylene. This heightens the natural ripening process to produce that golden-yellow glow we see when we buy bananas from the grocery store.

Another big gas-consuming application involves using nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which furthers shelf life and enhances product appearance. The most common process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with very low moisture and oxygen content to safeguard a great many 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 use more complex, specially prepared mixtures of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples described here inadequately address the many 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 well versed in the economically responsible use of food industry gases. , we’re happy to work in partnership with you to help increase the shelf life and improve the appearance of your products. Phone Elite Air at (951) 686-7822 or contact us online to make sure you’re getting the proper gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.