Specialty Gases for the El Paso Food & Beverage Industry

For many, many years now, the El Paso food industry has been using industrial and specialty gases. Generally, 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 prepared for food packaging are ubiquitous in the food industry worldwide, 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 technique enables nearly immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or less, and that fast temperature reduction protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can dissipate with traditional freezing methods. SYOXSA, Inc.’s experts will be happy to talk with you about the freezers and refrigerators these processes demand. We also sell freezers and refrigerators and can provide the units that are right for your operations.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing has a greater than 125-year history. 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 insures a quality final product given that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that, by preparation and analysis, does not have any taste or odor. Today’s local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, in particular – in addition to world-class breweries – will call for PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally sought after are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they facilitate pouring many of those familiar Porter-style dark beers.

Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are found just about across the globe, many other foods and beverages use PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that escapes the consumer’s notice. An excellent illustration is fruit ripening. For more 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, shipped, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. Leading grocery distributors get this fruit and send it to ripening chambers that allow a controlled flow of ethylene. This heightens the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow we look for when we go to purchase bananas from the grocery store.

Another big gas-consuming application entails employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which lengthens shelf life and enhances product appearance. The most common process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with minimal moisture and oxygen content to protect a great many products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. A packaging material most in the industry call Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP) utilizes117] more complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples described here barely scratch the surface of the many ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging operations use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our professionals are well versed in the cost-efficient use of food industry gases. What’s more, we’re eager to work with you to help extend the shelf life and improve the appeal of your products. Call SYOXSA, Inc. at 915-771-7674 or contact us online to determine the correct gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.