Messer has revealed it is to present its ‘gourmet gases’ and cryogenic gas applications services for the food industry at the Intercool 2008 event in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Messer provides a wide range of gases and technologies for the food and beverage industry and from 28th September to 1st October 2008, the company will be presenting itself as an international supplier of cryogenic gas applications for the industry.

Many of the company’s new technologies are to be showcased for the first time at the event.

Gourmet gases as they now known in Germany, the pure gases and gas mixtures from Messer for use in the food industry, are approved in the European Union for the production and distribution of foodstuffs.

While demonstrating its tailored product offering at the event, the industrial gas specialist will also be providing information on new and proven technologies for the packaging, cooling, freezing and transport of foods, with the help of gases.

Food gases
For the packaging of foodstuffs in a modified atmosphere instead of air, food gases play a fundamental role. A role which Messer has been keen to illustrate, as it specialises in this area of application.

The company’s Variofresh technology ensures food stays fresh longer and its microbiological stability is improved, as the oxygen is removed from the protective atmosphere.

Active consumer protection is also a reliable continuous cooling chain for the transport of perishable products, as assured by container cooling with dry ice, in the form of the Siber process. Thanks to the direct cooling in the container, there is no need for refrigerated vehicles, which consume a large amount of energy and pollute the environment.

Dry ice from Messer is produced from CO2 recovered from industrial exhaust gases, which is diverted in this way for intelligent and environmentally friendly reutilisation.

Flash icing
In terms of gentle freezing applications, a number of products are also available. Through its Cryogen Rapid freezer series, Messer has developed a system with which food can be quickly frozen by low-temperature liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide to avoid drying losses and thereby preserve the texture, flavour and appearance.

This series includes the Cryogen Rapid cabinet freezer suitable for discontinuous cooling, the Cryogen Rapid Long Tunnel particularly suitable for continuous cooling and freezing, and the Cryogen Rapid spiral freezer which is capable of achieving high freezing output with a small footprint.

The company notes that all freezers are quickly ready for operation and the gases involved are natural constituents of the air, approved as food gases in the EU.