Specialty Gases for the Pittsburgh Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have a decades-long history of use by the Pittsburgh food industry. 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 impact pretty much every part of the 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 used 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 nearly immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that quick temperature lessening saves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can become unpleasant with traditional freezing techniques. We at Butler Gas Products can give you all the facts you need on the freezers and refrigerators these processes require – and even provide you with the units most appropriate for your operations.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing has more than a century and a quarter of precedence. These days, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers make use of beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders that vary by volume. This insures a superior final product since it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free by preparation and analysis. Contemporary local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – world-class breweries, also – most often demand PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Just as desired are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide because they facilitate pouring a lot of those frequently demanded Porter-style dark beers.

At the same time soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are pretty much a commonplace around the world, many other foods and beverages make use of PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that escapes the consumer’s notice. An excellent illustration is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been seen as necessary elements of the banana supply chain around the world. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and inventoried at carefully controlled temperatures. Top grocery distributors take possession of this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that introduce a deliberate flow of ethylene. This promotes the natural ripening process to bring about that golden-yellow glow we see when we purchase bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another notable gas-consuming application entails deploying nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and makes the product look better. The best-known process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with insignificant moisture and oxygen content to safeguard a broad range of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To create what’s commonly known as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), food processors use more complex, specially prepared formulations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The examples offered here inadequately address the countless ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging enterprises use Purity Plus gases and equipment in the United States and Canada. Our staff is experts in the cost-efficient use of food industry gases. Better yet, we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help extend the shelf life and enhance the appeal of your products. Phone Butler Gas Products at (412) 771-7660 or contact us online to make sure you’re getting the correct gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.