Filtration in the hottest food and beverage indust

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Filtration in the food and beverage industry

although the production of food and beverage is not the largest market for separation equipment, it is also a very important part. Before discussing, we must first define what food and beverage are. Fortunately, their definition is relatively accurate, and there is little overlap with other industries. The most unusual is drinking water. Strictly speaking, drinking water is the beverage with the largest market share. In fact, it has become a terminal industry because of its large market share, so it is not included in the beverage we are discussing today

small problems in classification include whether fermented ethanol is used as fuel or beverage (or industrial chemicals); And the industrial use of animal or vegetable oils can be queried and displayed after the end of the experiment

the terminal applications discussed in this paper include:

◆ meat Processing of fish and related solid products (excluding grease without weakening the performance of the experimental machine)

◆ processing of fruits and vegetables and related solid products (excluding grease and fruit and vegetable juice)

◆ processing of animal and vegetable fats

◆ production of dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.)

◆ grinding of grains and manufacturing of cereal food and starch products

◆ animal feed (i.e. farming animal and pet food)

◆ production of bread, sugar, cocoa powder and candy

◆ production of tea and coffee

◆ production of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), including fruit and vegetable juice and bottled mineral water

of course, some of these sub categories are completely dry processing, while others use a lot of liquids. The application of various filtration forms (pneumatic, hydraulic and other operation modes) makes the food and beverage industry the fifth largest filtration and separation market. These process filters and centrifuges are used for the preparation of various raw materials, the processing of products themselves, the purification of products and the recovery and treatment of waste liquid

pressure from the world

in the ups and downs of the economy, various economic environments more or less directly impact the food and beverage industry. This includes unacceptable poverty and hunger in a large number of regions (despite the efforts of Millennium Development Goals and other institutions, there are still 1billion people in the world who do not have enough food to eat.), This can also be seen from two contradictory facts, namely, poverty in developing countries and increasing obesity in developed countries

the contradiction between the limited agricultural land and fresh water resources and the demand for land for food and fuel (as well as the developed countries, in order to ensure the safety of their food supply, even buy fertile land from poor areas), as well as the unsustainability of forest open spaces that can be used for food production, all of which make the poverty problem more serious, leading to a sharp increase in major food prices. The depletion of land, especially the reduction of trace elements that can provide nutrients, is a growing concern in many regions

industry characteristics

the food and beverage industry (some of which have quite high intrinsic value) involves a large number of liquid treatment processes, so various separation technologies will be used

with the growth of population and the improvement of living standards in less developed areas, the food and beverage industry has become a mature industry with stable development in many aspects

organic farming and organic food production are becoming more and more popular driven by safety issues, while chemical fertilizers and growth promoters are on the contrary. Other developments affecting the whole industry include:

◆ the emergence of "functional" food and "energy" drinks meets the universal demand of human beings to improve their own conditions

◆ rapid growth of convenience food

◆ people pay attention to better dietary structure and supporting food, especially the threat of "artificial" sweeteners to the sugar industry

◆ the continuous reduction of food subsidies issued by developed countries to protect agriculture has no significant effect so far

◆ worry about "food mileage", the long-distance transportation (especially air transportation) of food before reaching the destination increases their carbon footprint

◆ controlling the accumulation of food waste to landfills and the excessive use of packaging materials is another problem faced by developed countries (not poor countries)

one of the most important features of the separation equipment used in the food and beverage industry is that they should operate in an absolutely clean environment. The contact surface is usually made of polished stainless steel. The whole equipment should be easy to clean, and it is best to use the cleaning process

although food and beverage processing requires high-quality manufacturing materials, the equipment used in this industry does not have to withstand some harsh processing conditions in chemical and pharmaceutical production. In fact, the most stringent operating parameters may occur in steam disinfection or aggressive cleaning solutions

in the long run, the launch of genetically modified food may be the biggest development in the field of food supply, or the biggest problem (depending on personal views)

company situation

in terms of company size, the food manufacturing industry has no company that can be compared with other industry giants. Although Nestle is the largest food producer with sales of $95billion in 2009 (a lot lower than that in 2008), its scale is only one quarter of those of the largest oil companies, such as ExxonMobil or shell. (of course, some food retailers are also much larger than Nestle, especially Wal Mart, with sales of $400billion in 2009. In terms of turnover, it is the third largest company in the world, and Carrefour ranks second among similar companies with $130billion.)

the second largest food company is Unilever, with sales of $53billion in 2009. (although Unilever also involves a wide range of daily-use products.) Unilever is followed by Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland, the largest private companies in the United States, both of which are the largest distributors of natural products

next are ConAgra, Kraft Foods, Danone, Kellogg, general mills, and H J Heinz. For some time, the leading beverage companies have been soft drink manufacturers Pepsi (2009 sales of $43billion) and Coca Cola (32 billion), far ahead of brewers. This situation changed in 2008, because InBev (recently acquired Interbrew and ambev) acquired Anheuser Busch, becoming a larger company than Coca Cola. (but it still lags behind Pepsi). SAB Miller is now the second largest brewer, followed by Heineken and Carlsberg

recently, kraft food company acquired Cadbury, the "national treasure of Britain", in order to compete with Mars Wrigley, a candy manufacturer, which caused quite a sensation in the industry. Both companies are about twice the size of rival Nestle. Kraft returned to the market after dissolving the merger relationship with Philip Morris in 2007. Other mergers in the food industry include Premier's acquisition of RHM in 2007

there are more mergers and acquisitions in the beverage industry. Of course, the most important is the establishment of Anheuser Busch InBev, the largest beer brewing company, in 2008. SAB and Miller merged into SAB Miller in 2002. Allied Domecq was acquired by Pernod Ricard in 2005. Heineken and Carlsberg jointly acquired and split Scottish & Newcastle in 2008

the further integration of the beverage industry is the performance of major companies competing for the market, because beer is a kind of drink with strong regional characteristics, which promotes the joint research of new material equipment manufacturers and material manufacturers. Therefore, Heineken acquired the beer business of Mexico @b, which has a 40% market share in Mexico and nearly 10% in Brazil

the mineral water and soft drink industry is one of the fastest growing parts of the entire food and beverage market, and there is a great demand for fine filtration. In some major countries, the consumption rate of soft drinks is very different: France consumes about 105 liters per person every year, but Britain only has 10 liters per person, Japan has less than 5 liters, and even fewer countries with large populations such as China and India. If all countries can increase to even half of France, the market scale of clarification and filtration equipment will also be very huge

size and trend of the filtration market

the sales of filtration and separation equipment used in the food and beverage industry in 2009 is expected to be about US $3.6 billion. (this figure includes all membrane process equipment, which is an important market component)

this figure covers the sales of original equipment and spare parts. The sales data of filter media sold to filter manufacturers are not calculated separately, because the sales of filter media have been included in the sales of filters. This part of filter media is directly manufactured for end users, that is, it is supplied as spare parts

The sales volume of

3.6 billion US dollars accounts for 7.5% of the global market of filtration and separation equipment, making the food and beverage industry the fifth largest end market. In this ranking, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries occupy the fourth place, and fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals occupy the sixth place


in the period of economic recession, it is not easy to predict the trend. The filtration industry is widely used in industrial and commercial production all over the world, especially in the food and beverage industry. The demand for filtration and separation equipment is obviously growing, and the procurement expenditure is also increasing. Those less important goods and services may be far-reaching affected

therefore, it is certain that the growth rate of filtration equipment used in the food and beverage industry will be% higher than the economic growth rate. In other words, under the influence of the economic recession, although there was no growth in 2009 compared with 2008, it will return to steady growth in 2010, which is expected to be about 2%, and the growth rate will rebound to% in 2013. This growth will continue driven by the increasing demand for fine filtration

market expectations and opportunities

many factors discussed in this paper point out some development opportunities for the separation equipment industry, among which the key factors include:

◆ after the lifting of the ban, the consumption of genetically modified food has increased - which will change the processing methods of this industry in many ways

◆ the benefits brought by nanotechnology (especially the enhancement of the flavor of nano granular materials) are enough to eliminate people's concerns about them

◆ for the sake of diet and health, people's demand for food and beverage supplements has led to the emergence of a pharmaceutical trend in the food and beverage industry

from the discussion (and some actions), one of the main driving forces to alleviate global warming and global resource shortages is the recognition that the world needs to work together towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The sustainable development of land and water resources is a problem faced by most countries. It is expected that the population growth in the future will exceed the current supply capacity of mankind

the demand of production and consumption for sustainable development means that there is a limit to expansion. In addition, the formulation of regulations and other mandatory standards will also prevent human beings from overexploiting natural resources. (end)

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