Food & Beverage

Waste from food and drink manufacturing can be a major source of environmental pollution. We help reach higher standards of wastewater treatment for environmental discharge.

Treatment of food processing wastewater is complex and costly because of the contaminant loading and the variability of the different wastes encountered in a plant. Improving wastewater treatment is critical to reducing high water consumption, preventing pollution into water bodies and preserving public health and surrounding wildlife.

Your challenges

Food and beverage manufacturing produces a complex wastewater effluent often difficult to treat due to its high salinity levels and heavy loading of contaminants.

Wastewater released from these industries are turbid, with high concentrations of total suspended solids (TSS), chemical oxygen demands (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD), fats oils and grease (FOG), and nutrients such as nitrogen (including ammonia) and phosphate.

Other characteristics of food processing wastewater are large seasonal variation, large hourly variation in concentration and type of contaminants, often small and variable flows per day, and unbalanced concentrations of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, which complicates bioreactor treatment.

Energy efficiency and costs

Treating wastewater from industries and farms has a dual potential benefit. Treated water can be recycled to help cut down industries’ fresh water use, and the waste load in wastewater can be converted to biogas and used to produce electricity.

Anaerobic digestion is a natural process that converts organic matter present in wastewater sludge into biogas for electricity, as well as significantly reducing the contaminant load in treated water.

The energy produced from the biogas can be fed back into the grid or used in other parts of the production process, which represents a real opportunity to reduce energy costs.

Our Solutions

Our solutions are simple, cost-effective and can help existing wastewater treatment systems improve efficiency while significantly improve the quality of the wastewater discharge. Click on one of our award-winning and cost-competitive solutions to find out more.

Odour Control

Calix ACTI-Mag is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce hydrogen sulphide generation, and eliminate odour issues from wastewater.

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Phosphate Removal

Calix ACTI-Mag can enhance the removal of Phosphorus (P) and Nitrogen (N) from wastewater.

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Fats, Oils, Greases (FOGs) Control

Calix ACTI-Mag slowly releases hydroxyl ions, which breakdown low-density, large-chain fatty acids that can then be readily digested by bacteria in wastewater.

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Biogas Management

Calix ACTI-Mag can increase the quality and quantity of the biogas coming from anaerobic systems, and provide a significant economic boost for food processing plants.

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Biochemical & Chemical Oxygen Demand Reduction

Calix ACTI-Mag supports bacteria and speeds up the breakdown of complex organic chains into smaller units – resulting in improving Biochemical/Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD/COD) in the final effluent.

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pH adjustment and alkalinity boost

A safe and cost effective alternative to the use of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) or other chemicals for wastewater alkalinity and pH adjustment.

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How industry can turn waste into biogas

Many industries create substantial amounts of organic waste, much of which can be detrimental to the environment as well as

the use of water in industry and agriculture is a sensitive topic. Maximising the value of wastewater is essential.

ACTI-Mag can help food manufacturers gain more throughput with minimal capital expenditure, while turning wastewater into a renewable source of energy.

Customer Stories

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Anaerobic cogeneration plant at a piggery farm, Berrybank Piggery

ACTI-Mag on an anaerobic cogeneration plant at a piggery farm South West Victoria, Australia.

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Chrome Precipitation at a tannery, Casino Hide Tanners

ACTI-Mag is a highly reactive, concentrated and stabilised suspension of Magnesium Hydroxide manufactured by hydrating ultra high surface area Magnesium

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Improving the cellar door experience, Campbell’s Wines

ACTI-Mag reduces H2S and consequently, odours within the cellar door at Campbell’s Wines, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia.

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Phosphorus removal in wastewater, a UQ lab study

ACTI-Mag removes phosphate through struvite crystallization – a research study by the University of Queensland.

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Boosting biogas yields to offset energy costs at a rendering plant

ACTI-Mag stabilizes process pH, increases biogas production and decrease effluent phosphorus at large food manufacturing plant, Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia.

The Calix difference

People, unique technology, partners, and track record

  • Calix Technology

Faster reactivity = less costs

Calix core technology makes high surface area materials (with a honeycomb-like structure), giving you a price and a reactivity advantage.

Our materials are proving to have similar properties to highly active nano-materials, without the health/safety concerns and high cost, but with all the benefits.

To learn more about how Calix technology works, click here.

  • Calix supply chain

Calix is able to offer better service, reliability and performance to its customers because it controls the entire production process from mining of raw materials, processing and production.

Calix owns and operates a mine, production, testing facilities and close-to-customers manufacturing plants.

From mine to customer!

  • Continuous Improvement

Calix is committed to providing process development, manufacture, delivery and application of mineral based
products and services that meet the needs of our customers.

We aim to ensure that quality is everyone’s aim throughout the organisation and that each employee has a sound understanding of the importance of our quality management system and their direct effect to our continuous success.

Our AS/NZS ISO 9001 certified quality system and safety, health and environmental management system are vital elements of our engineering and quality services.

  • A culture of innovation

Calix leverages a culture of innovation to provide fully customised services such as design expertise, engineering know-how, detail engineering, installation, piping and commissioning services to provide turnkey systems for chemical dosing of Magnesium Hydroxide Liquid (MHL).

Our engineered and cost-effective solutions are tailored to meet your specific needs and budget. Quick to install – our modular dosing units can be delivered on site by truck and are fast to set up and connect.

To find out more about our dosing solutions, click here.

Calix has its own direct delivery, service and support capabilities and also has an established a network of local distributors and partners that can provide the best solution for your specific needs and ensure you receive excellent customer service and support, wherever you are located.

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Calix has its own direct delivery, service and support capabilities and also has an established a network of local distributors and partners that can provide the best solution for your specific needs and ensure you receive excellent customer service and support.

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Calix supports WaterAid programs to facilitate access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities.

This partnership with WaterAid aligns perfectly with our purpose and the reason to why we exist “We Solve Global Challenges” and with our core value of “positive impact”.

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