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Bottled water, sugar-free alternatives and energy drinks still lead the way in sector NPD and with a soft drink solution for every possible drinking occasion, there is a wealth of manufacturing diversity with each drink, their preservative and packaging systems requiring their own system in place to manage both microbiological and brand protection needs.
The non-alcoholic beverage market, typically containing carbonated water, a sweetener and flavouring agent, whilst potentially also containing caffeine or fruit juice has its own demands when it comes to true hygiene solutions.
High energy to low in sugar, functional to long life, carbonated or still, most of the cleaning associated with a water or soft drinks plant will involve cleaning in place (CIP) pipework, pumps, tanks and fillers. External cleaning of fillers, conveyors across the process and packaging plant will, in the main, be done using a medium pressure washdown system to foam, rinse and disinfect them thoroughly. Conveyor systems in these plants also require lubrication, which can either be dry or aqueous based.