Specialty Gases for the Dayton Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have been  used for years in the Dayton food industry. Usually, these gases find numerous applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases assessed and prepared 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 allows practically immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or less, and that rapid temperature decrease protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can be lost with conventional freezing methods. We at Weiler Welding can give you more information on 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 a greater than 125-year history. Today, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 provided in cylinders of varied sizes. This insures a quality final product because it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free, thanks to the way its prepared. Today’s local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – not to mention world-class breweries – most often demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Just as sought after are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide because they facilitate pouring many of those familiar Porter-style dark beers.

While soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are almost universally accepted, many other foods and beverages employ PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that goes unnoticed by the consumer. An excellent illustration is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been inseparable elements of the banana supply chain globally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, transported, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. The foremost grocery distributors acquire this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that introduce a controlled flow of ethylene. This speeds up the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow that entices us to purchase bananas from the grocery store.

Another noteworthy gas-consuming application involves employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and enhances product appearance. The best-known process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with insignificant moisture and oxygen content to safeguard an extensive array of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To fabricate 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 applications recounted here don’t even begin to convey the wide-ranging ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging companies use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our people are well versed in the cost-effective use of food industry gases. Better yet, we’re anxious to work with you to help prolong the shelf life and enhance the appearance of your products. Call Weiler Welding at 937.222.8312 or contact us online to see that you get the right gas mixture in the proper packaging to meet your needs.