Specialty Gases for the Mexico Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have a decades-long history of use by the Mexico food industry. Generally, 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 touch almost the whole food industry, benefiting 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 permits practically immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or lower, and that rapid temperature decrease protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can become unpleasant with standard freezing methods. Criogas’s experts will be happy to talk with you about the freezers and refrigerators these processes require. 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 spans more than 125 years. Today, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers rely on beverage-grade CO2 delivered in cylinders of various capacities. This helps maintain a top-grade 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 – as well as world-class breweries – most often call for PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Just as desired are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they facilitate pouring many of those well-liked Porter-style dark beers.

Never mind that soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are almost globally recognized, many other foods and beverages make use of PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that goes unnoticed by the consumer. A perfect case in point is fruit ripening. For over fifty years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been integral parts of the banana supply chain globally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and stored at carefully regulated temperatures. Leading grocery distributors acquire this fruit and send it to ripening chambers that introduce a controlled flow of ethylene. This promotes the natural ripening process to produce that golden-yellow glow we look for when we go to purchase bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another large gas-consuming application entails using nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which prolongs shelf life and enhances product appearance. The best-known process makes use of High Purity nitrogen with insignificant moisture and oxygen content to preserve an extensive array of 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 combinations of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.

The applications recounted here only represent a fraction of the myriad 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 very knowledgeable about how to use food industry gases cost-efficiently. What’s more, we’re anxious to work with you to help extend the shelf life and enhance the appearance of your products. Phone Criogas at 01-800-400-CRIO or contact us online to see that you get the proper gas mixture in the most appropriate packaging to meet your needs.