Agribusiness

Agribusiness is a collective term for a variety of activities within the agriculture production. It includes amongst others the production of agrichemicals (e.g. pestizides, fertilizer), breeding, crop production, processing and distribution.

In the food and beverage industry, water is used in the primary production, e.g. in farming for cleaning and sanitation, as an ingredient or component of an ingredient, as well as in processing operations, such as cooling, heating.

Use of water in agricultural production

In agribusiness water is used in crop production (e.g. farming), for cleaning and sanitation, as an ingredient or component of a product, as well as in processing operations (e.g. cooling, heating) amongst others. To ensure high quality production, as well as process safety, online or laboratory water analysis is of special importance.

Using LAR's analyzers operators can rely on fast and reliable measurement systems that meet the tough demands of the various applications in agricultural, food and beverage production (e.g. water pretreatment, plant influent, power generation, cooling, boiler feed water, product losses, waste water treatment).

Schematic water system in agribusinesses

Schematic water system in agribusiness with TOC / COD measurement points
Schematic water system in agribusiness with TOC / COD measurement points.

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Use of Water in Food and Beverage Industry

Generally, the source for water used is drinking water as it is fit for human consumption and is principally free of contaminants that endanger human life. However, dependent on the stage in the food or beverage production, water of differing qualities can implemented for board range of purposes.

Examples of the different fields of application:

  • In crop production water is used for irrigation purposes.
  • In livestock farming water is needed for keeping livestock (e.g. drinking), the hygiene of animals and for the cleaning of equipment (e.g. milking equipment).
  • In the beverage industry water is often used as an ingredient as well as cleaning agent.

From an ecologic and economic point of view the reuse of water is becoming of increasing importance within processing operations in the food and beverage industry as the recycled water reduces costs as well as reducing the demands made on the water supply. To ensure water quality several parameter have been defined such as total organic carbon (TOC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD).

Schematic water system

Schematic water system in food and beverage processing industry
Schematic water system in food and beverage processing industry with TOC / COD measurement points.

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