The Bel Group is an international cheese manufacturing company with more than 30 milk processing plants. Construction of the 75,347 SF Mini Babybel® cheese plant, a first in Canada, included wastewater treatment, as well as development of the site and infrastructure connecting the facility to its neighboring plant.
The building houses production areas, dry and refrigerated storage, common areas and administrative spaces. The plant’s design was required to meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) standards, as well as others in effect for food buildings in Quebec and Canada.
The Bel Group’s industrial sites are involved in a continuous improvement process to increase waste recovery, reduce water and energy consumption, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EXP designed a treatment system for the purification of the plant’s process effluents that reduces the concentration of suspended solids, greases, BOD5 and phosphorus in the water produced by cheese-making equipment. Performance of the wastewater treatment system is registered and verified by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec (MELCCFP).
EXP provided full-time on-site supervision to coordinate the work with food process equipment managers and ensure proper layout of the facilities and equipment operation.
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