Food processing is one of the world’s largest industries—and for good, practical reasons. As the population continues to grow, more food is required. Projections from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations show that overall food production needs to increase by roughly 70 percent in order to feed the anticipated world population of 9.1 billion people in 2050.
Global demand has the largest influence on food production, but other factors are also at play. Food processing increases seasonal availability, extends shelf life, and makes food preparation less time-consuming—a factor that is particularly important in developed, industrialized countries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines processed food as “any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration, or milling.” By this definition, most food can be considered processed, challenging food processors around the world to keep pace.
To do this, food processing companies of all sizes are investing in more modern manufacturing techniques. This includes responsible wastewater treatment technologies that allow effluent to meet strict environmental discharge limits while reducing energy and water usage.
Depending on the type of food product(s) being produced, the flow and chemical composition of wastewater can fluctuate significantly. It is important to regularly revisit your wastewater treatment approach to remain both compliant and cost-effective.
Download our brochure to learn how ADI Systems can help you better manage food processing wastewater.