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Disinfecting products try to keep pace with expanding food processing market

February 15, 2019  

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According to data compiled by Acumen Research and Consulting, the global food processing equipment market is projected to grow to around $718.9 billion by 2026 while growing at a CAGR of 25.2 per cent.

The research also suggests that increasing health consciousness and dietary changes are causing the acceleration of the market. Among the types of equipment, pasta and bakery equipment are projected to increase at a faster rate.

Based on application, the poultry, meat, and seafood sub-segments account for the largest shares of the market, followed the beverage sub-segment. PCT Ltd., Conagra Brands, Inc., Darling Ingredients Inc., BRF S.A., Dean Foods Company.

Producers in the food industry are now replacing their old machinery with new technologically advanced equipment. The innovative equipment is allowing these producers to meet the demands of consumers while also cutting costs. While providing cheaper alternatives is a bonus for many companies, equipment is required to meet the regulations set forth by the Food Safety Modernization Act.


The act calls for sanitary and disinfected equipment to be used in order to avoid contamination and the spread of potentially harmful germs. As a result, many companies use chemical products like chlorine and quaternary, however, now there is equipment that disinfects food for the producers themselves.

“Cleaning and disinfecting in the food industry is a crucial part of the production cycle; these activities can have devastating consequences if not done properly. Both form the basis of being able to deliver and guarantee a safe end product. However, it is not an easy task,” said Mike Taylor, senior chemist and regulatory manager, Christeyns Food Hygiene.

PCT Ltd. through its operating subsidiary, Paradigm Convergence Technologies Corporation (PCT Corp), announced earlier this week that, “it has received a repeat order for two large volume Hydrolyte Systems from one of its existing food processing customers. The referenced food processing customer’s plant currently has two systems at one facility and purchased another large volume system from PCT as a result of their 2018 plant expansion.

Jody Read, CEO of PCT LTD, said, “PCT’s history of providing its customers with quality equipment that is designed for supportability and built with higher standards has allowed PCT’s systems to last longer and with minimal downtime. Our R&D group, headed by Stuart Emmons, P.E., has developed newer and better designs as well as improved reliability.”

PCT’s new design is being incorporated into all its large volume Hydrolyte systems that are being used in agricultural and oil and gas markets. The ability to produce thousands of gallons per day, per system, allows for the post-harvest disinfection of fruits and vegetables for agricultural food processing. The Hydrolyte fluid solutions can also be used to treat existing oil or gas wells to reduce hydrogen sulfide in sour wells, to reduce maintenance problems, and also to disinfect fracking water used in hydraulic fracturing.

PCT Corp provides state-of-the-art electro-chemical activation equipment, disinfecting fluid solutions and PCT Corp’s patented tracking system to hospitals and other facilities for the documentable remediation of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) from organisms such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), MRSA, VRE, CRE, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas, as well as to sell ECA fluid solutions to agricultural markets for the remediation, control and suppression of microbial contamination and disease of certain commercial crops.

The company’s primary fluid solution, branded Hydrolyte, is an EPA registered hospital-level disinfectant effective against common healthcare pathogens such as Tuberculosis (TB), HIV-1, Hepatitis C, Norovirus, Rhinovirus, Influenza A, Candida albicans, and more; food processing bacteria including E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella; and organisms of veterinarian concern such as parvovirus, distemper and Bordetella.

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