Specialty Gases for the St. Louis Food & Beverage Industry

For decades now, the St. Louis food industry has made use of industrial and specialty gases. Usually, these gases find a plethora of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases assessed 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 process facilitates almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or less, and that rapid temperature decrease helps retain the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can deteriorate with traditional freezing methods. Cee Kay Supply, Inc.’s experts are well-versed in the freezers and refrigerators these processes demand. We also sell freezers and refrigerators and can provide the units best suited to your operations.

The use of carbon dioxide for beverage carbonation and dispensing has more than a century and a quarter of precedence. Anymore, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 provided in cylinders that vary by volume. This helps guarantee a superior final product because it’s carbonated by a clean gas that has no taste or smell by virtue of its preparation. Modern local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, in particular – in addition to world-class breweries – will insist on PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Just as sought after are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, given that they facilitate pouring many of those well-known Porter-style dark beers.

Never mind that soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide have become global features, many other foods and beverages use PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that escapes the consumer’s notice. A classic case in point is fruit ripening. For something like fifty years or more, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been regarded as essential elements of the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, delivered, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. Large-scale grocery distributors acquire this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that admit a controlled flow of ethylene. This facilitates the natural ripening process to bring about that golden-yellow glow we see when we buy bananas in the  supermarket or produce store.

Another noteworthy gas-consuming application entails employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which increases shelf life and improves product appearance. The most recognized process uses High Purity nitrogen with little moisture and oxygen content to preserve an extensive array of products, from coffee and breakfast cereals to potato chips, nuts, and other salty snacks. To manufacture what’s commonly called Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), food processors make use of more complex, specially prepared mixtures of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The applications outlined here don’t even begin to convey the thousands of ways in which food and beverage manufacturers and packaging companies 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. , we’re enthusiastic about working with you to help extend the shelf life and improve the look of your products. Call Cee Kay Supply, Inc. at 314.644.3500 or contact us online to see that you get the right gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.