Specialty Gases for the Atlanta, GA Food & Beverage Industry

For many, many years now, the Atlanta, GA food industry has benefited from the use of industrial and specialty gases. Normally, these gases find many applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases analyzed and delivered for food packaging touch almost the whole food industry, protecting or enhancing 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 process makes possible practically immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that fast temperature reduction preserves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can be lost with old-fashioned freezing equipment. Look to Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases for authoritative data on the freezers and refrigerators these processes require. Not only that, but we can also get you the freezers and refrigerators you need.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing spans more than 125 years. Nowadays, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders that come in varying capacities. This helps maintain a quality final product due to the fact that 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 – will demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally preferred are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they make it easier to properly pour many of those popular Porter-style dark beers.

Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are found just about around the world, many other foods and beverages make use of PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that’s frequently invisible to the consumer. A good illustration is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary parts of the banana supply chain around the world. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, transported, and inventoried at carefully monitored temperatures. Leading grocery distributors receive this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that introduce a controlled flow of ethylene. This enhances the natural ripening process to provide that golden-yellow glow we see when we purchase bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another notable gas-consuming application entails employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which furthers shelf life and enhances product appearance. The most common process utilizes High Purity nitrogen with limited moisture and oxygen content to safeguard a broad range of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. More complex, specially prepared combinations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen are used to manufacture what’s best known as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP).

The examples discussed here only represent a fraction 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 professionals are well versed in the cost-effective use of food industry gases. , we’re eager to work with you to help prolong the shelf life and improve the look of your products. Call Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases at 770-946-4287 or contact us online to determine the correct gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.