Flooring in the food and beverage industry requires the best concrete protection due to the extreme conditions to which it may be exposed. No matter the application domain in the food industry, protecting this concrete will extend its lifetime while responding to the industry’s needs.
Description of the Food and Beverage Environment
- A high standard of hygiene is paramount throughout the industry as a whole.
- Subject to intensive cleaning methods, such as daily pressure washing and corrosive chemical agents.
- High risk of ponding water, damaging oils and chemicals, as well as other hazardous wastes and substances.
- Health and safety risk of slippage.
- Proliferation of bacteria is one of the most important issues of this industry.
- Subject to frequent thermal shocks (very high temperatures, vapour cleaning, freezers, etc.).
- High traffic of heavy equipment.
The food and beverage industry includes:
- Food processing
- Industrial kitchens
- Cheese industry
- Food services
- Pet food
Areas with similar attributes and flooring requirements as the food and beverage industry:
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Industries working with chemicals
- Light, medium and heavy industrial manufacturing
- Animal care facilities
- Changing rooms and showers
- Sanitary rooms
Food and Beverage Flooring Requirements
Temperature Variation Resistance
In a food and beverage environment, flooring may be exposed to different temperatures (e.g., freezers, cooking zones, high-temperature sanitation, etc.). According to the MAPAQ (Québec ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food), complete high-temperature sanitation should reach 77 °C for 30 seconds.
To minimize the risks of slipping and falling, floors must have a minimal slip level while providing an easy-to-clean surface. Ponding water, oil or greasy substances are often found on the floor in this kind of industry.
Bacteria Resistant and Easy to Clean
A 100% waterproofed flooring that can handle ponding water is essential. Plus, a system that can facilitate cleaning is also expected in this market. As we know, bacteria proliferation is a big issue in this industry, which is why flooring is cleaned up each day with a high-pressure system. The waterproof surface and the absence of floor seals prevent all bacteria proliferation and make maintenance easier.
A fast-curing product is essential. Often, we can’t stop production for a long time as it would be too costly for the business. Faster curing permits a faster return to production.
Flooring in a food and beverage environment is exposed to harsh chemical spills and frequent cleaning. Products used during the cleaning process are corrosive. But proper flooring will not be damaged, even after many chemical exposures.
Flooring in this environment or other similar environments is exposed to many mechanical shocks, such as falling equipment, high traffic, and the use of lifting devices.
Food and Beverage flooring requires a surface that is self-extinguishing because the risk of local fire is frequent. For example, if a small fire starts in a room, it will extinguish itself and will not spread.
Odourless and VOC-Free
An odourless and VOC-free floor is extremely important, primarily when the product is installed in an existing factory (upgrade or floor restoration and repair). Minimizing the potential for contamination of equipment is essential to the longevity of infrastructure.
Big Axe Brewery
System: ALSAN FLOORFLAKE
Area: 418 m² (4,500 ft²)
This customer needed good-looking flooring that was also a heavy-duty system to handle the day-to-day operations of its brewery.
System: ALSAN FLOORGRIP
Area: 325 m² (3,500 ft²)
A high-performance and anti-slip system was required for this bakery. Adding silica sand to the top coat prevents employees from slipping even if there is water or oil on the floor.