Food and Beverage

An environmental water process expert and partner to many food and beverage industry clients, Headworks has experience delivering economic wastewater treatment systems for Prepared Foods, Beverage, Dairy, Meat, and Poultry applications throughout the world.

Wastewater generated from food and beverage processing operations has distinctive characteristics that differentiate it from other industries. Typically, this process wastewater has high concentrations of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), total suspended solids (TSS), and associated odors; these characteristics are stringently regulated for discharge to sewer systems or direct discharge via NPDES permits to rivers, lakes, and streams.

Wastewater in the food and beverage industry is high-strength but extremely biodegradable and typically non-toxic – making it the ideal feed water for Headworks BIO Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) treatment systems. Resilient to process fluctuations and designed for automated operation, MBBR technology delivers highly efficient water process capabilities optimized for the unique needs of food and beverage producers.

MBBR biofilm carrier technology achieves high-rate biodegradation of organic matter within a compact, economically operated system. ActiveCell biofilm carriers establish a high-density population of bacteria within the process; this bacteria naturally oxidizes organic wastewater constituents, reliably biodegrading target constituents from process wastewater streams prior to discharge.