food manufacturing

June 5, 2017

ButterBuds® Food Ingredients supply their concentrated dairy flavors to consumers and food businesses all over the world. ButterBuds called in SCS Engineers to help them lower the concentrations of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in their wastewater.

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) causing wastewater issues for a food ingredients company.

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) cause wastewater issues for food ingredients and food manufacturers. These companies must keep an eye on their compliance schedules to keep ongoing production from being disrupted.

For ButterBuds, SCS Engineers began by carrying out a multi-level review of the wastewater pretreatment issues. We conducted a process water balance, prepared a process flow diagram, measured process flows, collected/analyzed wastewater samples, evaluated chemical treatment testing and maintained communications with City staff.

The SCS team prepared engineering design drawings and specifications for the wastewater pretreatment system. We also helped ButterBuds staff with the selection of wastewater pretreatment equipment, bidding, construction, and start-up, as well as resolving operational issues.

The wastewater treatment equipment was housed in a separate building away from the food ingredient processes. This requirement meant the wastewater discharge piping had to be installed underneath the existing building using directional drilling to minimize any disturbance to production.

Outcomes and benefits

  • Regulatory compliance – Butter Buds operates in compliance with the permit standards.
  • Uninterrupted production – The SCS  solution enabled production to continue during the installation of the system.
  • Schedule compliance – The City’s compliance schedule was met despite tight requirements for system construction and the start-up deadline.
  • A happy and satisfied client.


Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am