Cequesta Water Solution in the Food Industry
The food industry is a complex, global collective of diverse businesses that supply much of the food energy consumed by the world population. Only subsistence farmers, those who survive on what they grow, can be considered outside of the scope of the modern food industry.
The food industry includes
- Regulation: local, regional, national and international rules and regulations for food production and sale, including food quality and food safety, and industry lobbying activities
- Education: academic, vocational, consultancy
- Research and development: food technology
- Financial services insurance, credit
- Manufacturing: agrichemicals, seed, farm machinery and supplies, agricultural construction, etc.
- Agriculture: raising of crops and livestock, seafood
- Food processing: preparation of fresh products for market, manufacture of prepared food products
- Marketing: promotion of generic products (e.g. milk board), new products, public opinion, through advertising, packaging, public relations, etc.
- Wholesale and distribution: warehousing, transportation, logistics
- Pollution control solutions providers
The industry by numbers
The global food and beverage (F&B) sector, which comprises farming, food production, distribution, retail and catering, was valued at $5.7 trillion USD in 2008.
The industry is one of the major contributors to growth of all economies and has historically witnessed consistent growth. The industry is expected to increase at a CAGR of 3.5 percent to $7 trillion USD by 2014. In terms of structure, the industry is highly fragmented and the top few players - Nestlé, Kraft Foods, Unilever and Cargill - account for less than 5 percent of the overall value. Europe accounts for the largest share in the global F&B industry, generating revenues of $1.4 trillion USD4 in 2007 and employing 4million workers, followed by the US, which contributed $1 trillion USD. However, Asia, led by China and India, is now emerging as a major contributor of raw material to the F&B industry. India’s F&B market was valued at $182 billion5 in 2007-08 while the food processing sector alone was worth $72 billion in 2008. China’s food processing sector increased by 13.6 percent from $44 billion in 2007 to $50 billion USD in 2008.
Some food processing operations
Meat processing and packing, sea food, bakeries, potatoes frying, dairies, confection and sweets, coffee, soft and alcoholic beverages, Soy beans protein extraction, vegetable oils, fruits and vegetables caning, frozen and chilled meals, salads, soups, wineries, olive oil, and many others.
This huge business sector is very polluting, major investments are required in order to properly protect the nearby environment, water bodies, soil and air.