Fruit & Vegetable Processing

A common denominator for most fruit and vegetable processing operations is the need for tremendous amounts of water to wash product and maintain sanitary conditions required for food processing. Processing operations such as food peeling, stemming, pitting, snipping, blanching, coring, and cutting all require a lot of water.  Transporting product via water flumes after these applications further contribute to the wastewater stream, and residual product can enter wastewater at nearly every step of fruit and vegetable processing operations.

Supplied water, onsite treatment, waste disposal, and sewer costs rapidly impact any food processor’s bottom line. Enduramaxx work with several water treatment consultants which can advise on separation technologies to increase water re-use options, increase on-site treatment efficiency, reduce handling and disposal costs, and lower sewer fees for fruit and vegetable processors.

Sewer surcharges can be the bane of fruit and vegetable processing operations. Surcharges arise from both solids and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) in effluent water.  Washdown of plant equipment and clean-in-place (CIP) can dislodge processed product that is washed away with your cleaning water. Often these solids can be quite large, and Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) is not very efficient at treating larger solids. Conventional screening is required for these larger articles prior to entering a DAF system.

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