Specialty Gases for the Minneapolis Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have long been used in the Minneapolis food industry. Usually, these gases find numerous applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases authorized and provided 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 common freezing agents for 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 facilitates near-immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or colder, and that fast temperature lessening saves the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can fade with conventional freezing techniques. We at Toll Company 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. These days, literally tens of thousands of point-of-use beverage dispensers depend on beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders differentiated by volume. This helps maintain a top-grade final product given that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free, thanks to the way its prepared. Modern local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, in particular – world-class breweries, also – will specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally desired are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide because they make it easier to properly pour many of those familiar Porter-style dark beers.

Even Though soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are pretty much taken for granted around the globe, many other foods and beverages employ PurityPlus specialty gases in a manner that’s frequently invisible to the consumer. A superb case in point is fruit ripening. For fifty-plus years, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been inseparable components in the banana supply chain internationally. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and warehoused at carefully monitored temperatures. Major grocery distributors receive this fruit and transfer it to ripening chambers that introduce a measured flow of ethylene. This facilitates the natural ripening process to produce that golden-yellow glow we want when we purchase bananas in the  supermarket or produce store.

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

The applications recounted here don’t even begin to convey the many 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 well versed in how to use food industry gases economically. , we’re anxious to work with you to help prolong the shelf life and improve the look of your products. Call Toll Company at 612-581-9889 or contact us online to determine the proper gas mixture in the right packaging to meet your needs.