Food Processing & Packing

What mixed gas can do for food…

Mixed gases are imperative to the food processing and packing industry and the correct gas mix greatly improve the shelf life and final presentation of Food and Beverage products.

Mixed gas is involved in a number of stages of the production process. This includes production, bulk distribution, retail and final packing for consumers.

All sorts of food products will benefit from a controlled atmosphere or modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). There are different gas mixes required at different times too, and there is a difference between bulk packs. For example, retail packs of the same food product.

This practice is now very common of course and food producers now know exactly which mix best suits their situation.

The most common is the 30% CO2 in Nitrogen gas mix which is used for lots of products especially at the retail pack stage. Gases perform different functions too and sometimes for different products. Typically Nitrogen is used to exclude Oxygen, reduce oxidation and inhibit mold growth. However, for some products like cheese for example it is helpful in keeping it fresh.

Another common gas mix is a high oxygen in combination with CO2, maybe 80% O2 and 20% CO2 (Most commonly for red meat and uncooked meat). The high oxygen mixtures in this case helps to keep the meat fresh and looking good for longer. Consumers prefer it this way.

In all cases of the different mixtures you will need a good, reliable Gas Mixer for the gas flushing stage of the process to deliver the correct food gas mixture.

BSL Catalogue

Short Form Catalogue 2021/2022

Fruit and veg gas chart
Ready meal gas chart
Raw poultry gas chart
Raw fish and seafood gas chart
Raw red meats gas chart

* These are just some examples of gas mixes for some foods*

BSL operate a quality management system accredited to ISO 9001:2015, for the design, manufacture and refurbishment and supply of industrial gas mixing systems, gas flow control equipment and air separation systems for the beverage, food, manufacturing and associated industries.

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