Food Processing

Applications: Food Waste, Shellfish Dredging, Olive Oil Production, Winemaking, Breweries

The purpose of this page is to identify your application and learn more about an equipment solution to meet your needs. These are the most common food processing pump applications that we work with. We are the OEM for the tools shown.

Application:Removing and transporting ground food waste.
Material: Ground food waste. Viscous and high-solids, mixed with water in a slurry form.

Common Ground Food Waste Pumping Scenario:

The EDDY Self-Priming Pump is ideal for pumping food waste from different holding tanks or sumps. This pump primes itself, allowing the pump to be mounted outside the material on a trailer or skid.  

By attaching the EDDY Pump to a trailer, you can efficiently pump multiple locations and handle the most difficult applications. The EDDY Pump allows you to pump at distances over 2-miles at production rates of up to 600 tons of mud per hour or 5000 GPM.

Below are commonly distances we see, along with a pump curve to match the details. Contact us with your exact numbers.

Distance: 2500 ft
Vertical Rise: 30 ft
Production: 1414 GPM

Equipment Used: EDDY Pump – 6 Inch. Self-Priming or Submersible setup.


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Applications: Food Waste, Shellfish Dredging, Olive Oil Production, Winemaking, Breweries

The purpose of this page is to identify your application and learn more about an equipment solution to meet your needs. These are the most common food processing applications that we work with. We are the OEM of the tools shown.

Common Food Processing Pump Applications:

  • Transporting Ground Food Waste
  • Hydraulic Shellfish Dredging
  • Olive Oil Production
  • Winemaking & Must Pumps
  • Breweries

Food Industry Pumping Problems

Food, pulp, and pomace are difficult materials to pump due to high solids content and viscous nature, in addition to often being acidic or corrosive. Centrifugal pumps quickly get worn down and lose their tolerances and suction capabilities. This results in significant downtime and costly spare parts.

The food processing industry is constantly looking for innovative ways to efficiently increase production. One of the areas they look to improve is the realm of food waste management.

Ground food waste transport is an integral part of the food processing industry. EDDY Pump can be used for ground food handling and transport from one point to another. The EDDY Pump is a non-clogging pump and can easily pass large solids and other similar debris without clogging the pump. In addition, since the EDDY Pump does not have an impeller, there is no issue with wearing down and losing efficiency.

The EDDY Pump can be run electrically or hydraulically and can be mounted stationary or to a trailer. The electric EDDY Pump can also be submersible if needed. In turn, the EDDY Pump will run continuously with significantly less spare parts needed and saving food processing plants millions in total ownership cost over the life of the pumps.

Furthermore, the high solids nature of ground food, pomace, and other high viscosity materials will wear down the impeller of centrifugal pumps, causing pump failures, costly repairs, and spare parts. Our pump has a high tolerance ultra-recessed rotor that withstands the destructive nature of abrasives, viscous, and material with a large number of solids.

Hydraulic shellfish dredging involves using a hydraulic dredge to gather up shellfish from the ocean floor. Since the EDDY Pump has an ultra-recessed rotor, the shellfish never make contact with the pump components, ensuring the product is not damaged during the process. Finding the right pump and dredging equipment for shellfish dredging can often be a complicated process. Centrifugal pumps will only pump 10-20% solids by weight and will become easily clogged with shellfish debris, damaging the pump and the product. In contrast, the EDDY Pump design can pump 50-60% solids by weight, allowing you to pump more solids and less water.

Olive oil production utilizes several different types of pumps throughout the extraction process. Olive pulp, or pomace, must be efficiently pumped from sumps and holding tanks for waste processing, however, it is chock full of solids including stems, seeds, and skins which can quickly weaken centrifugal pumps. The EDDY Pump can be submerged in the holding tank or sump to pump the material directly or mounted as a self-priming unit on a trailer for added mobility.

Winemaking produces large quantities of grapes which must be crushed and squeezed to extract the juice for winemaking. The leftover pulp (must), seeds and stems must be removed from the process with solids-handling slurry pumps to ensure a quality product. Some vineyards incorporate additional additives such as diatomaceous earth and other similar materials, which can increase abrasiveness and viscosity of the material.

In addition to having high solids content, winemaking and must pumps need to take into account the natural acidity of grapes, which can corrode pumping equipment much faster than water or other neutral PH liquids. As a result, a majority of vineyard pumps are cast with corrosion-resistant metals for longer life.

Equipment Options For Job:

EDDY Pump Equipment

The EDDY Pump can be deployed in various dredge and pump configurations to optimize food transfer. Some of the ideal deployments for the food industry are Excavator Pump Attachments, Self-Priming Pumps, Submersible Pumps, Cable-Deployed Pumps, Sump Pumps, and Autonomous Dredges.

Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment

Excavator Dredge for Fly Ash

The EDDY Pump Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment is one of our most popular units.

It allows any power generation or contracting company with little or no experience in dredging to easily convert one of their existing excavators or a rental into a hydraulic dredge. An excavator operator can then easily learn to operate the Excavator Pump Attachment with only a few hours of training. The Excavator Pump gets pinned to the end of the excavator boom and can either be used with a cutterhead to agitate the material before pumping or a wheel to protect lined waterways.

A slurry hose is then connected to the pump and run along the boom of the excavator over the back of the excavator and connected into the pipeline. The pump can easily move material at rates of up to 400 cubic yards over distances of over a mile at solids rates of 40-70%. This is all done creating little to no contaminant resuspension or detectable turbidity. This is the most environmentally friendly dredge on the market. Please click here to see more about the proper pump and excavator size for your application: Excavator Dredge Pump Attachment Info

Self-Priming Pump

Most EDDY Pumps are submersible, with a self-priming unit, the pump and power unit are not submerged. The suction house goes into the slurry and the unit acts like a super-sized wet/dry vacuum. This type of pump can remove air on its own and continue operation without assistance, making it perfect for mounting on a trailer that can be wheeled from location to location. Becuase the pump is not submerged, both the operation and maintenance of self-priming pumps are economical and relatively easy.

Autonomous Dredge

Coal Ash Removal Autonomous Dredger

For shellfish harvesting or other industry which need continuous dredging, the EDDY Pump Autonomous Dredge is a great solution that minimizes manpower and can run 24/7. This is a floating unit that is automated to run continuously without an operator. The pump is deployed from floats and can be powered by an electric or hydraulic power system. Autonomous Dredge Info Here.


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Food Processing & Pumping Photos

Photos of recent food industry pumping and dredging projects.

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