Food and Beverage

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 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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