Specialty Gases for the Mexico Food & Beverage Industry

Industrial and specialty gases have been used for ages in the Mexico food industry. Typically, these gases find a considerable number of applications, including use in flash freezing, beverage carbonation, fruit ripening, and shelf-life extension.

PurityPlus® gases graded and delivered for food packaging impact pretty much every part of the food industry, 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 technique allows almost immediate freezing to temperatures of -20 degrees or less, and that fast temperature decrease protects the flavor and taste of the product which otherwise can dissipate with conventional freezing methods. AOC Mexico S.A. de C.V.’s experts are well-versed in the freezers and refrigerators these processes demand. We also sell freezers and refrigerators and can make sure you get the units best suited to 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 make use of beverage-grade CO2 shipped in cylinders of various sizes dimensions. This ensures a quality final product given that it’s carbonated by a clean gas that’s taste and odor free by preparation and analysis. Today’s local microbreweries, restaurants, and taverns, especially – as well as world-class breweries – typically specify PurityPlus beverage-grade carbon dioxide for beer dispensing. Equally requested are special mixtures of nitrogen and carbon dioxide since they help bartenders do a better job of correctly pouring most of those famous Porter-style dark beers.

At the same time soft-drink and beer packaging and beer dispensers using carbon dioxide are found practically around the world, a lot of other foods and beverages employ PurityPlus specialty gases in a way that’s frequently invisible to the consumer. A superb illustration is fruit ripening. For fifty years or so, High Purity and C.P.-Grade ethylene have been regarded as essential elements of the banana supply chain around the world. Green bananas are harvested, packaged, shipped, and stored at carefully controlled temperatures. Large-scale grocery distributors receive this fruit and load it into ripening chambers that admit a precisely monitored flow of ethylene. This facilitates the natural ripening process to create that golden-yellow glow we look for when we go to buy bananas from the grocery or produce store.

Another large gas-consuming application consists of employing nitrogen to displace oxygen and moisture in product packaging, which increases shelf life and improves product appearance. The best-known process utilizes 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. More complex, specially prepared mixtures of High Purity nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen are deployed to create what most in the industry call Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP).

The examples discussed here hardly convey the thousands of 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-effectively. , we’re eager to work with you to help extend the shelf life and improve the look of your products. Call AOC Mexico S.A. de C.V. at 818-647-7427 or contact us online to determine the right gas mixture in the best packaging to meet your needs.