Specialty Gases for the Western Michigan Food & Beverage Industry The reliance on industrial and specialty gases by the Western Michigan food industry is longstanding. Typically, these gases find a plethora of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension. PurityPlus® gases graded and provided for food packaging are ubiquitous in the food industry worldwide, 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 permits almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that fast temperature diminishment preserves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can dissipate with standard freezing techniques. We at GTW can give you all the facts you need on the freezers and refrigerators used in these processes – 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. Nowadays, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders of various capacities. This ensures a quality final product due to the fact that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that has no taste or smell by virtue of its preparation. Today’s local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – not to mention world-class breweries – generally specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Just as preferred are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they make it easier to properly pour many of those familiar Porter-style dark beers. Even Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are pretty much taken for granted around the globe, a number of other foods and beverages use PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that goes unnoticed by the consumer. A perfect example is fruit ripening. For over fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been indispensible components in the banana supply chain globally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and inventoried at carefully monitored temperatures. Leading grocery distributors get this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that allow a deliberate flow of ethylene. This speeds up the natural ripening process to bring about that golden-yellow glow we want when we 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 increases shelf life and enhances product appearance. The most recognized process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with limited moisture and oxygen content to protect a great many products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. More complex, specially prepared mixtures of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen are utilized to produce what’s commonly known as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP). The examples described here inadequately address the countless ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging companies use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our professionals understand completely how to utilize food industry gases cost-effectively. Best of all, we’re anxious to work with you to help prolong the shelf life and improve the look of your products. Phone GTW at 616-754-6120 or contact us online to see that you get the right gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.