Friday, November 12, 2010

Controlled Atmosphere Storage Using Nitrogen

Controlled Atmosphere Storage Apples
Nitrogen gas is widely used in food packaging processes and in food storage in order to preserve freshness, taste, texture, and flavor for longer periods of time.  We've written about the benefits of Nitrogen for the food and wine industry - particularly with food and beverage packaging - in earlier posts including Keeping Food Fresh with a Nitrogen Generator and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP).

Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit and Produce

Nitrogen gas can also be used for creating and maintaining a Controlled Atmosphere (CA) for food storage, specifically for fruits such as apples and pears that "breathe" by taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide in the ripening process.  By creating a storage atmosphere that carefully controls temperature, oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity levels, apples, pears, and other produce can remain fresh and crisp much longer because the ripening process will be significantly slowed.

Why Use a Nitrogen Generator for Controlled Atmosphere Storage?

Nitrogen is often used in the Controlled Atmosphere Storage of fruits.  Using a Nitrogen Generator to supply the appropriate levels of N2 gas, the CA Storage Room experiences a reduced amount of oxygen and humidity to hold off the ripening process and preserve and maintain the freshness of the fruit.

A Nitrogen Generator is an ideal way to help manage a Controlled Atmosphere Storage Room.  The PSA Generator or Membrane Generator technology produces high purity N2 gas directly from the air without use of chemicals or other harmful toxins.  An N2 Generator ensures you will never run out of gas and eliminates the need for costly gas deliveries and handling & storage of high pressure gas cylinders.

Contact South-Tek Systems

South-Tek Systems is a engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Generators used in a wide variety of industries, including Controlled Atmosphere Food Storage.  Contact South-Tek Systems today to learn how your company can benefit from using a Nitrogen Generator for your CA Storage Room: 888-526-6284.


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