Water for Food & Beverage: Opportunities in water efficiency and gaining value from wastewater

  • Published: March 31st, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-907467-17-2
  • Author: Global Water Intelligence
  • Price £2,000.00 / $3,650.00
Add to Cart
Water for Food & Beverage: Opportunities in water efficiency and gaining value from wastewater


The food and beverage sector is a multi-billion dollar market for water and wastewater treatment technologies. With the largest companies consuming as much water per year as small countries, the global industry uses around 62 km3 per year. That’s about as much as the total utility water supply for the Middle East and North Africa combined.

The sheer diversity of the products, processing steps, water and wastewater treatment needs of food and drink companies opens up many ways to access the market. And there are a number of global trends that are creating huge opportunities for water technology companies: the tightening of wastewater quality regulations, the trend towards environmental efficiency, emerging market growth and water scarcity will ensure that capex on water technologies by F&B companies will reach $6bn in 2020.

The stage is set for every player in the market to increase their revenue in this sector. Access is open to all water technology companies, ranging from large global firms to smaller niche technology manufacturers. We interviewed representatives from leading food and beverage companies, food and beverage associations and water technology experts so you can benefit from their experience of how the market operates.

Water for Food & Beverage covers the sub-sectors that are most water intensive, and those that produce highly loaded wastewater streams:
• Dairy
• Brewery
• Fruit and vegetable
• Sugar
• Meat, poultry and fish
• Aquaculture

Primary research

“If food and beverage companies don’t follow global best practice in water efficiency, or if they don’t clean up their wastewater properly, then their brand can be permanently impaired within days.” Christopher Gasson, Publisher, Global Water Intelligence.

Lead the way in water efficiency and sustainability
Food and beverage companies are more sensitive to consumer concerns about the sustainable use of water and energy than most industries. This creates a growing pressure to meet and surpass environmental goals and charters, with corporate responsibility playing a pivotal role in business development. Water for Food & Beverage highlights the links between efficient water management and improved energy and water consumption. Find out how using the right technology solution can help manufacturers cut down on their process water requirements, promoting efficiency throughout the plant.

Improve wastewater treatment standards
Regulations for wastewater disposal are tightening, putting pressure on food and beverage companies to lessen the biological load in their wastewater streams. Polluters face heavy fines, and the risk of public disapproval if local communities are affected. This report showcases the technologies that will allow food and beverage plants to meet discharge quality standards in a cost-effective way, also opening up opportunities to reuse wastewater as feed water for boilers, equipment cleaning and other ancillary activities.

Generate value from wastewater
There are many prospects for creating value from wastewater, and this report will guide you through the available options. Consider how anaerobic technologies, which produce biogas, can be used in boilers at manufacturing plants, helping to reduce both energy costs and the carbon footprint. Or make emerging approaches part of your long-term outlook, with opportunities in biomass recovery, bioplastics production and microbial fuel cells. This report also shows the potential for generating revenue from wastewater streams through nutrient recovery and biogas.

Who should read this report?

Essential reading for anyone involved with water in the food and beverage sector

Larger water companies: Expand your existing market share, or forge a path into new market sectors. Understand customer processes, and build your technology portfolio so you can offer a complete solution.

Niche water technology providers: Find a route to market and identify the clients that will require more specialised technologies to meet their water management needs. Benefit from advice on how to increase your visibility and successfully build local partnerships in this diverse market.

Food and beverage companies: Discover ways to generate value from your wastewater streams, and create cost-savings through efficient water and wastewater management. Find out which technologies will help cut down on process water requirements, and those that will help you meet discharge quality standards.

Investors and consultants: Research the innovative technologies that can help companies meet water efficiency and environmental sustainability targets. Use our estimated growth forecasts to plan your portfolio of green investments.

Table of Contents

View the table of contents

Sample Chapter

Read a sample from one of our primary research reports