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Sulfur Chemistries - Food Processing


Without sulfur, life cannot exist. As an essential nutrient for plants and a key component of amino acids, it’s a building block for many of the foods we eat. Sulfur’s unique properties are used throughout the food supply chain to create the products consumers enjoy.

Hydrite manufactures and distributes food ingredients and processing aids, plant sanitation solutions, water treatment chemistries, and commodity chemicals to the food, dairy, and beverage industries, including sulfur derivatives. Our extensive product line is backed by a reputation for consistent quality and experienced technical support. Our goal is to identify creative sulfur solutions that increase food producers’ profitability and help run processing plants more efficiently.


Food and Beverage Sulfur Applications

While best known for preservation, sulfur has a wide range of applications in food and beverage facilities:


Sulfur Food Preservation


Bisulfites are effective preservatives, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeasts, and molds in food and beverages. They help extend shelf life by preventing spoilage and discoloration, particularly in products such as dried fruits, wine, beer, and fruit juices.

Sulfur Food Processing


Bisulfites can be used for a wide variety of commercial processing applications like dough conditioning, impurity removal from sugar crystals, flavor enhancement, bleaching, coloring, enzyme inhibitors, or as a steeping agent.

Sulfur Plant Sanitation


Thanks to its mild antimicrobial properties, bisulfites can be used as sanitizing or cleaning agents in food processing equipment and other surfaces to reduce microbial contamination and support a broader food safety program.


Dried Fruit Sulfur Chemistry



Common products that bisulfites are used in include:
  • Wine, Beer, and Cider
  • Sodas
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fruit Juices
  • Processed Vegetables
  • Shrimp & Shellfish


Food and Beverage Sulfur Products

As a national producer and leader in the manufacturing of bisulfite solutions, Hydrite offers a variety of sulfur derivatives for food and beverage applications.


Ammonium Bisulfite

High Purity, Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), Kosher


  • Caramel coloring
  • Sugar beet processing and sugar refining
  • More cost-effective steeping agent for wet corn milling than sodium bisulfite SBS



Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)


  • Caramel coloring
  • Manufacturing and enzymatic production of high fructose corn syrup
  • Amino acid production
  • Beer, yeast, and fermentation
  • Mineral water





  • Steeping agent for wet corn milling





  • Food and beverage oxygen scavenger/antioxidant
  • Food and beverage additive





  • Steeping agent for wet corn milling
  • Effective dechlorination agent for process water




Nationwide Network MapFull-Service Food & Beverage Solutions

Hydrite is not just a bisulfite supplier, but a full-service bisulfite manufacturer with six on-site sulfur burners. Our national network is supported by a private fleet of tractors, van trailers, tankers, and railcars helping our customers get the sulfur solutions they need, when they need them. We don’t stop after delivery – our robust food division includes support on plant sanitation, membrane technology, equipment technology, food safety training, and best-in-class technical support.


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