In the US, the food and beverage sector continues to be the greatest user of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to Maura Garvey of Intelligas Consulting. Whether used for creating a fizz in your favorite tipple, creating suitable food packaging environment or utilized for agricultural purposes, demand for the widely used gas remains high.
While these figures suggest that the food and beverages market is highly utilizing the gas across many sectors, that is not the case when it comes to protected grower applications which include greenhouses, hoop houses, shade and net houses and indoor facilities. That at least is according to Dil Vashi, Manager of Corporate Development at CO2GRO, who shared company figures stating that only 1% of the global market currently enriches their plants with CO2 by traditional atmospheric gassing methods. gasworld’s Business Intelligence also believes this number to be less than 5%.
But that’s not to say the potential for the market segment isn’t sky-high, in-fact it is quite the opposite. According to Vashi, the global market of protected growers amounts to 600 billion square feet of vegetables, 100 billion square feet of floriculture and 100 billion square feet of other plants, including medicinal, citrus, and other tree seedlings – all of which could be enhancing production with the utilization of CO2 and its related technologies.
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