Food & beverage, feed
Food is at the core of our daily life. Producing food in a smart and sustainable way is a huge challenge to feed an ever-growing population with a lesser impact on the planet.
Interestingly, we have found found during our experience with food projects (beverages, ready-to-eat meals, starch production, animal feed) that there is a huge cross section between the oil, gas and chemicals segments and the food industry. Solutions developed in one industry can very well be used in another. One just should see it and grab the opportunity or at least come up with the idea.
Food safe and hygienic design for instance is very much akin to the design used in chemical plants to prevent contamination and prevent build-up of products. Clean-in-place procedures from food plants can be very practical in the tank storage industry for instance.
Food companies sometimes lack the experience or input from process experts that can enable them to make their plants smarter and easier to use and maintain. And safer. Not only food safety is at stake, also process safety is a growing point of attention in the food production industry. For example, HAZOP and LOPA studies can not only attribute to a safer design but also form a very good platform to identify food-safety related risks.
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