Specialty Gases for the Columbus Food & Beverage Industry

The reliance on industrial and specialty gases by the Columbus food industry has firm precedence. Normally, these gases find a considerable number 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, 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 procedure permits almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that fast temperature diminishment safeguards the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can fade with conventional freezing methods. We at Delille Oxygen Company can give you all the facts you need on the freezers and refrigerators used in these processes – and even provide you with the units most appropriate for your operations.

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 depend on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of various sizes dimensions. This insures a quality final product because it’s carbonated by a clean gas that, by preparation and analysis, does not have any taste or odor. Modern local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, in particular – world-class breweries, too – generally insist on PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Also preferred are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they help bartenders do a better job of correctly pouring a lot of those famous Porter-style dark beers.

While soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are pretty much par for the course around the globe, a lot of other foods and beverages benefit from PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that’s frequently beyond the consumer’s awareness. A good example is fruit ripening. For fifty years or so, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been regarded as essential parts of the banana supply chain globally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, transported, and inventoried at carefully controlled temperatures. Large-scale grocery distributors take possession of this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that admit a controlled flow of ethylene. This enhances the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow we see when we buy bananas in the  supermarket or produce store.

Another large gas-consuming application entails using nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and enhances product appearance. The best-known process utilizes High Purity nitrogen with little moisture and oxygen content to protect an extensive array of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To manufacture what’s commonly known as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), food processors make use of more complex, specially prepared combinations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The applications outlined 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 staff is experts in how to use food industry gases cost-effectively. Better yet, we’re happy to work in partnership with you to help increase the shelf life and enhance the appearance of your products. Phone Delille Oxygen Company at (614) 444-1177 or contact us online to determine the right gas mixture in the best packaging to meet your needs.