According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, per-capita global food consumption will rise from the 2015 amount of 2940 kilocalories per day to 3050 by 2030 (3050 kilocalories = 0.871 lbs.). Now consider that the world population will grow to approximately 8.5 billion by 2030. This means that globally food producers will need to provide almost 4.9 million tons of food per day.
To keep up with the rising demand, it goes without saying that the food industry must ensure that its products are safe and nutritious. This means that food manufacturers will have to economically provide food recipes that are repeatable and consistent. Quality, flavor, and shelf-life are the three factors that have the greatest effect on the profitability of modern food production. To maintain each factor, recipes must have ingredients that are precisely metered.
- Quality – Consumers demand high-quality food and manufacturers can implement a variety of measures to ensure it. Additions of flavors, colors, preservatives, and vitamins are typically added to improve the quality of food. These ingredients are often in a concentrated form, which must be accurately added to ensure consistency and avoid waste of the ingredient. The FMI valveless metering pumps provide the precision required to maintain a high level of quality; They are designed to provide flawless consistency and a long service life, making quality much easier to achieve.
- Flavor – Visual and taste consistency is incredibly important in the food industry. Food has to look appetizing to convince consumers to purchase it. For example, cherry Italian ice must always appear red. The FDA closely monitors food and color additives, including what foods it may be added to and the maximum amount that may be used. Food manufacturers must accurately measure small amounts of additives to ensure the desired effect is achieved without going over, and most importantly, this must be consistently applied to each batch. This can be achieved with our valveless metering pumps. They are engineered to be extremely precise, with accuracy held from microliters to the full flow range.
- Shelf-life – Many items are processed to improve shelf life, either with preservatives or with aseptic processing. Aseptic processing requires sterilizing food and the package to create a safe, ready-to-eat food. This process depends upon a metering pump to provide a continuous flow of the product through a holding tube. Our CeramPump® technology is specially designed for food and other OEM industry applications. It has only one move part, a rotating and reciprocation ceramic piston, providing an accurate, continuous flow. This means constancy and reliability.