Growing demand for CO2 in the Cannabis, Meal Delivery, and Microbrewery IndustrySaturday, September 26th, 2020
Carbon dioxide or CO2 is a natural greenhouse gas and is most commonly produced indoors by the air we exhale.
CO2 is used across a wide range of industries and the five key categories of CO2 based products are services are fuels, chemicals, building materials from minerals, building materials from waste, and is even used to enhance the biological process.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), around the world, approximately 230 million tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide are used every year.
The fertilizer industry is one of the biggest consumers, followed by manufacturing, and then the oil sector.
While those are the more traditional uses of CO2, there is a growing demand for CO2 in these three industries: the cannabis industry, food/meal delivery sector, and microbreweries.
In this article, we will take a look at how these thriving industries use CO2.
CO2 Cannabis Extraction
Cannabis has rapidly entered the US market due to the increasing rate of legalization across the states.
The extraction of botanicals is also rising in demand and an essential part of effectively purifying cannabis to create top-quality cannabis oil in cannabidiol (CBD).
CO2 is the preferred method of extraction because it yields cleaner, purer extractions that leave no traces behind like other solvents such as propane and butane.
Pure extractions are important, especially in medicinal products. Overall, CO2 is the safest, highly versatile, and efficient solvent.
Whether consumers use cannabis medically or recreationally, many prefer to inhale vapor over the harsh cannabis smoke. The method used to extract active cannabinoids from the actual plant is called Supercritical CO2 extraction.
This extraction method is ideal for the health-conscious cannabis concentrate consumers since this process leaves no residue and virtually no traces of toxins in the finished product.
Not only is Supercritical CO2 being used as an economical, recyclable, and environmentally safe industrial solvent for extracting cannabis but also for coffee, vanilla, tea, fragrances, fruit, and nut extracts just to name a few.
Meal Kit/Food Distribution Rising in Demand
Meal kit delivery services such as Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Home Chef have become huge players in the meal kit sector. Most customers are motivated to buy into this service due to its convenience and time saving on meal planning and preparation.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many consumers were forced to make quick adjustments to their eating and shopping habits, this caused a huge uptick in demand for these services.
Dry ice is used to deliver these perishable items to maintain its freshness. For many brands such as Blue Apron, the influx of new customers challenged their fulfillment processes and also caused an unusually high demand for dry ice.
The rise in popularity of craft beers and breweries has expanded over the last 10 years. According to the Brewers Association, in 2008, there were only 1,574 breweries in the US. Over the last decade, the number of breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs has gone up to 7,346.
When it comes to brewing, CO2 is considered liquid gold. CO2 is typically produced by yeast fermentation that creates the “fizz” many beer fanatics love.
The excess of CO2 is collected and used to boost the level of CO2 in the finished beer product. Not only is CO2 crucial to the brewing process, but CO2 gas is also responsible for the aesthetic pleasing foam retention when the beer is poured into a glass.
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While these industries are most definitely not new, the demand for CO2 has risen due to their popularity and favorability of use in these respective markets. Reliant Dry Ice is proud to be able to service these industries.