Specialty Gases for the Richmond, Virginia Food & Beverage Industry

For ages now, the Richmond, Virginia food industry has been using industrial and specialty gases. Usually, these gases find numerous applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases analyzed and delivered for food packaging are ubiquitous in the food industry worldwide, 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 procedure enables almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that rapid temperature decrease preserves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can dissipate with standard freezing apparatus. We at Arc3 Gases can tell you more about 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 has a greater than 125-year history. Anymore, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders that differ by volume. This insures a quality final product given that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that has no taste or smell by virtue of its preparation. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – not to mention world-class breweries – will demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Just as sought after are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide because they make it easier to properly pour a lot of those famous Porter-style dark beers.

Never mind that soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide have become global clichés, a lot of other foods and beverages benefit from PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that the consumer doesn’t see. A perfect illustration is fruit ripening. For over fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary components in the banana supply chain around the world. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, delivered, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. Major grocery distributors receive this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that admit a precisely monitored flow of ethylene. This promotes the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow we see when we purchase bananas in the  supermarket or produce store.

Another significant 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 most familiar process uses High Purity nitrogen with insignificant moisture and oxygen content to protect a great many products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To fabricate what’s widely referenced as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), food processors make use of more complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples reviewed here inadequately address the wide-ranging ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging operations use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our people know well how to employ food industry gases cost-effectively. Even better, we’re anxious to work with you to help increase the shelf life and improve the appeal of your products. Call Arc3 Gases at (804) 644-4521 or contact us online to make sure you’re getting the right gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.