Specialty Gases for the Winona Food & Beverage Industry

The use of industrial and specialty gases by the Winona food industry is well established. Usually, these gases find a lot of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases graded and prepared for food packaging leave their imprint on just about all of the food industry, covering 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 technique makes possible almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or less, and that rapid temperature diminishment protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can fade with antiquated freezing methods. We at Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. can tell you more about 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 has a greater than 125-year history. These days, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders of various sizes dimensions. This helps guarantee a top-grade final product because it’s carbonated by a clean gas that has no taste or smell by virtue of its preparation. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – world-class breweries, besides – typically demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally requested are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they make it easier to properly pour most of those frequently demanded Porter-style dark beers.

Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are pretty much par for the course around the world, a number of other foods and beverages employ PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that’s frequently invisible to the consumer. An excellent illustration is fruit ripening. For something like fifty years or more, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary elements of the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and inventoried at carefully regulated temperatures. Top grocery distributors acquire this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that allow a deliberate flow of ethylene. This promotes the natural ripening process to bring about that golden-yellow glow we look for when we go to purchase bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another noteworthy gas-consuming application entails deploying nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which extends shelf life and spruces up product appearance. The most common process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with little moisture and oxygen content to safeguard 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) makes use of117] more complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The applications described here only scratch the surface of 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 staff is very knowledgeable about the cost-effective use of food industry gases. What’s more, we’re happy to work in partnership with you to help prolong the shelf life and upgrade the appearance of your products. Call Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. at (507) 454-5231 or contact us online to determine the right gas mixture in the best packaging to meet your needs.