Specialty Gases for the Pittsburgh Food & Beverage Industry

The reliance on industrial and specialty gases by the Pittsburgh food industry has firm precedence. Normally, these gases find numerous applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases assessed and dedicated for food packaging leave their imprint on just about all of the food industry, 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 commonly employed 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 technique allows near-immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that rapid temperature lessening preserves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can deteriorate with old-fashioned freezing apparatus. We at Greco Gas 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 goes back more than 125 years. Anymore, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders of varied sizes. This helps guarantee a superior final product due to the fact that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free by preparation and analysis. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, in particular – not to mention world-class breweries – tend to specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally preferred are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they make it easier to properly pour a lot of those well-liked Porter-style dark beers.

Even Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are found practically all over the world, a lot of other foods and beverages avail themselves of PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that’s often invisible to the consumer. A superb case in point is fruit ripening. For better than fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary elements of the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, delivered, and warehoused at carefully regulated temperatures. Leading grocery distributors take possession of this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that allow a precisely monitored flow of ethylene. This escalates the natural ripening process to provide that golden-yellow glow that entices us to purchase bananas in the  supermarket or produce store.

Another notable gas-consuming application entails using nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which extends shelf life and makes the product look better. The best-known process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with minimal moisture and oxygen content to preserve a broad range of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To produce what’s best 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 examples recounted 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 people are well versed in how to use food industry gases cost-effectively. Better yet, we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help extend the shelf life and enhance the appearance of your products. Phone Greco Gas at (724) 226-3800 or contact us online to make sure you’re getting the proper gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.