NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    DECEMBER 2015

$2.9 Billion Market for Filtration and Separation in the Food Industry

The 2016 world market for food filtration and separation hardware and consumables will exceed $2.9 billion.  This is the conclusion of the McIlvaine Company through iteration of data in a number of its related reports.


The expenditure for consumables will be nearly twice the hardware investment. One-third of the consumables expenditures will be for replacement cartridges followed by cross-flow filtration membranes. The third largest purchase will be for filter cloths, followed next by filter bags. Rounding out the consumables list are ion exchange resins and filter belts.

Centrifuges head the list of hardware expenditures.

Ranking Hardware Type
1 Centrifuges
2 Cross-flow   filtration hardware
3 Filter   presses
4 Cartridge   hardware e.g. housings
5 Bag   hardware e.g. housings
6 Leaf,   gravity and drum filters


The largest application segment is dairy, fruits and vegetables, sugar beet, corn and grain.  Dairy represents more than one-third of the total in this segment.  Separation of milk and cream in centrifuges is one of the oldest applications. Membrane technology is replacing leaf filters with diatomaceous earth in many plants in this category.

The market is growing at rates slightly above that of GDP as filtration is used to create new products as well as improve the quality of existing products. Fat free and non-alcoholic beverages are two examples of new products created by filtration and separation.

A few centrifuge suppliers dominate this hardware segment. At the other end of the spectrum, there are thousands of companies sharing the consumable cartridge market in the food industry.

McIlvaine derives its food filtration and separation forecasts by extracting information and insights from the following reports:

N024 Cartridge Filters: World Market

N020 RO, UF, MF World Market

N006 Liquid Filtration and Media World Markets

N005 Sedimentation and Centrifugation World Markets

Alternatively to purchasing the individual reports, one can choose to purchase application focused reports such as Food Filtration and Separation.  This is one of many customized multi-client reports available from McIlvaine.  For more information contact Bob McIlvaine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.