Specialty Gases for the Springfield Food & Beverage Industry

Using industrial and specialty gases is hardly new to the Springfield food industry. Usually, these gases find a considerable number of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases authorized and delivered for food packaging touch almost the whole 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 facilitates nearly immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that fast temperature diminishment saves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can be lost with old-fashioned freezing methods. We at ILMO Products Company can give you all the facts you need on the freezers and refrigerators typically used for these purposes – and even deliver the units most appropriate for your operations.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing spans more than 125 years. These days, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of varied sizes. This insures a superior final product because it’s carbonated by a clean gas that has no taste or smell by virtue of its preparation. Modern local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – as well as world-class breweries – tend to demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally preferred are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide because they help bartenders do a better job of correctly pouring many of those popular Porter-style dark beers.

Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are almost globally acknowledged, a lot of other foods and beverages use PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that’s often unseen by the consumer. A prime illustration is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been inseparable parts of the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. The preeminent grocery distributors take possession of this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that allow a precisely monitored flow of ethylene. This speeds up the natural ripening process to bring about that golden-yellow glow that entices us to buy bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another big gas-consuming application consists of using nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which furthers shelf life and spruces up product appearance. The best-known process uses High Purity nitrogen with minimal moisture and oxygen content to preserve a great many products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. More complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen are deployed to create what most in the industry call Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP).

The examples discussed here hardly 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 staff is very knowledgeable about how to use food industry gases cost-effectively. Even better, we’re anxious to work with you to help extend the shelf life and improve the appeal of your products. Call ILMO Products Company at (217) 245-2183 or contact us online to determine the correct gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.