Different Market Avenues The markets for hose and couplings are determined based on the size and growth of each segment and the amount per unit of product spent on hose and couplings .
Beverages Beer is the largest beverage market . Hoses and couplings represent a relatively large percentage compared to industry revenues . Wine and spirits are also substantial markets for critical and severe service hoses and couplings . There is substantial opportunity to provide innovative designs with lower total cost of ownership . One criterion is preservation of product quality , see Figure 4 .
Food The poultry , meat , seafood industry is the largest food market for the hose industry . In relationship to the total industry hoses and couplings sales are , however , very small . There are also a number of slurry applications that require severe service hoses and couplings .
Food Grade Specifications Within the food and beverage industry , there are several general requirements which must be met regardless of the application .
In the United States , food-grade hoses must be designed and built to the specifications outlined by the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ). This ensures they provide a clean and safe transfer of food materials . While these components come in numerous variations , differing with regard to size , pressure rating , and temperature rating , to suit different customer needs , they also have some common characteristics .
The selection of materials for hoses must take into account potential contamination of the food product . A study by Saint-Gobain has observed that chemicals from non-food contact layers of the hose could potentially migrate into the food through the food contact layer .
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If it is known that there is the potential for an indirect migration of contaminants that will pose an adverse health effect to the consumer , the risk must be mitigated . To address the risk , Saint-Gobain has developed a tiered approach to be able to assess the migration of chemicals from the non-food contact layers by considering both the toxicity profile of the substance and its migration level at the customer use conditions .
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Markets for Food - 2021
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