Food Production – Industry Fact Sheet
Food processing relies heavily on water as it is present in all food and is used extensively not only as a processing aid but for cleaning and disinfecting operations as well. When water is an ingredient, it can easily affect the taste and quality (including shelf life, appearance, texture, etc.). As a processing aid, it can be used to heat, cool, dilute, disperse, clean, etc. Therefore, it’s very important to understand the composition and quality at every level of the food processing process.