Food & Beverage

Manage organics and TDS, recover solids, and minimize waste

Water is essential to food and beverage manufacturers. Whether you want to reach circular economy goals, or simply improve your bottom line, Saltworks can help. We have solutions for meeting discharge limits, recycling wastewater, and minimizing brine waste.

Food & Beverage Challenges

Saltworks helps food and beverage producers treat wastewater, achieve water reuse, recover by-products, and meet discharge limits. We treat the toughest brines, even those laden with organics.


Our experts can help you meet recovery targets with modernized electrodialysis reversal (EDR) and enhanced reverse osmosis (RO) systems. We can augment your existing processes with ‘bolt-on’ solutions, or design and deliver new systems fitted to your needs:

  • Recycling water and reagents such as acids & salts
  • Treating for organics, oils and grease
  • Reducing waste volumes for minimal or zero liquid discharge
  • Targeting dissolved ions using selective removal
  • Reducing total dissolved solids (TDS) with modernized EDR and producing purified sodium/calcium/chloride brine
  • Enhancing RO recovery and mitigating fouling risk
  • Wine tartaric stabilization
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Photo of reverse osmosis vessels in a Saltworks XtremeRO plant

Expertly Optimized RO 

Many food and beverage manufacturers rely on reverse osmosis (RO) to concentrate waste streams for disposal and recover fresh water for processing. We can help you get the most out of RO with a suite of products that maximizes performance, cost-effectiveness, and longevity:

  • BrineRefine for removing scaling ions via precise, automated chemical dosing
  • Highly robust XtremeUF ceramic ultrafiltration for removing organics and particulate
  • XtremeRO brine concentration systems, available in three pressure classes, to meet your recovery needs
  • Dynamic recovery control with our ScaleSense sensors for optimizing recovery in real time as water conditions change
  • Our SaltMaker evaporator-crystallizer range for concentrating brine further to minimal or zero liquid discharge (MLD or ZLD)
  • SaltMaker ChilledCrys for withdrawing dissolved sodium sulfate as a solid, suitable for reuse.

Wastewater Treatment Options 

Meeting your food and beverage wastewater treatment needs may require an optimal combination of treatment, transport, and disposal options. Saltworks technical experts can help you to understand your options—including discharge regulations and economics.


Take the next step with our comprehensive pilot program and fully skidded, scalable, and ready-to-operate systems. Contact us to learn more.

A photo of an upstream pre-treatment skid for a Saltworks FlexEDR electrodialysis reversal pilot plant.

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