Food & Beverage

Wastewater treatment food & beverage industry

The production of food and beverage consumes high volumes of process water and then generates highly polluted organic waste water. The high peaks of wastewater increase the cost of treatment, and should also ensure that there is much storage required for equalization of the contaminated water.

The wastewater from food & beverage plants often contains high concentrations of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), suspended solids (TSS), fats, oils and nutrients in varying concentrations.

Varying conditions for wastewater treatment food & beverage

Wastewater Installations of food and beverage manufacturers are continuously challenged by changing conditions caused by high peaks in amount and concentration of wastewater. Situations, where this matter occurs,  are changes in production operations, an increase of the production, temperature change, limited capacity of equalization and washing water peaks.

The high peaks in the wastewater from food and beverage plants ensure that the treatment of the wastewater is very complex. Many conventional wastewater systems which operate on the basis of activated sludge treatment, therefore, can not handle such a large and sudden variations in BOD, COD and nutrients.

Membrane products for the food & beverage industry

Berghof Membranes offers a complete line of membrane solutions for the food & beverage industry. See below for the related membrane products.

Reference Installation

Holland Malt is renowned worldwide for the quality of its malt production which involves three main processes: (1) steeping, (2) germination, (3) kilning and roasting. Steeping is a highly water-intensive process that increases the grain’s moisture content up to 40%. For example, the production of 140,000 tons of malted barley requires 510,000 m3 of water, comparable in quality to drinking water so as to ensure product quality and meet strict European Union laws. Holland Malt aims to double its current capacity by 2019. The company has limited access to municipal water, therefore the company is forced to reuse their process water.

Read how Berghof Membranes met the challenge >

“To maximize water reuse, think outside the box.”

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