CBD and THC food and beverage reducing waste by pigging

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, products are increasingly visible on the market. CBD products are present in industries such as food and drink, personal care, and pharmaceutics.

Vantage Market Research valued the CBD market at $4.90 billion in 2021. They estimate that the market will be worth $8.75 billion in 2024 and $47.22 billion in 2028.

CBD is an expensive product for manufacturers and consumers, largely due to the quality and safety standards that are in place. In February 2022, the average market price of CBD was $0.12 per milligram – to put that into context, that’s $120 per gram.

Being such an expensive ingredient, it’s important that manufacturers aim to recover as much CBD-infused product from pipelines as possible. HPS liquid product recovery (pigging) technology is an effective and efficient way of improving yields and cutting costs.


CBD is a chemical compound derived from hemp and marijuana plants. An active ingredient in both, CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn’t cause the user to experience any psychoactive effects.

The CBD found in products such as food and personal care ointments is typically derived from hemp oil, which is less regulated than marijuana production and has less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than marijuana oil.

CBD is considered to have health benefits, such as helping with stress and insomnia and treating anxiety, seizures and chronic pain. CBD also induces relaxation without the intoxicating effects of marijuana.


CBD is in a wide variety of products, ranging from edibles to ointments.

In the food and beverage industry CBD is in products such as cider, soda, breakfast cereals, and chocolates. These products are increasing in popularity as they provide an enjoyable way for consumers to experience the relaxing effects of CBD without having to use CBD oil (which requires an accustomed taste).

CBD is also used in personal care products like shampoos, body lotions, and pain relief patches. These products are directed at those who may have health issues, such as inflamed skin or chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. They allow a more concentrated absorption of CBD into areas where CBD is applied, with bioavailability reaching up to 45%.


CBD oil and products containing CBD, particularly those meant for consumption, are under regulation from national and international agencies, such as the FSA (UK), FDA (USA), and EFSA (EU).

Restrictions include limitations on the quantity of CBD that can be present in products and strict testing for THC in high-quality labs.

Although approved for use in food and drinks across much of Europe, in the US CBD is not regulated as a food and dietary supplement but as a medical drug.

This has resulted in a complex situation and the multi-million-dollar CBD industry is now in conflict with a federal agency. States that have legalised CBD are home to companies producing CBD-infused food and drinks, despite the lack of FDA approval or regulation.

CBD infused food and beverages and pigging


Consumers want to know that they’re purchasing high-quality and safe-for-consumption products. Given the expense associated with CBD products, they also want to know that they’re getting their money’s worth.

Having traceability throughout the supply chain is an important part of keeping customer trust and loyalty. Making sure that the information on the product label is accurate is essential to achieving this goal.

If manufacturers of CBD products pump or process their products through pipelines, HPS pigging systems help to maintain high-quality standards by reducing the risk of contamination in the line. By recovering up to 99.5% of product from the pipeline, the likelihood of bacteria growth within pipelines decreases significantly.

Removing almost all the product from the pipeline also helps to make CIP procedures more efficient. The removal of up to 99.5% of product from full pipelines means that there is less product to be removed during CIP procedures. This speeds up the rest of the cleaning process, allowing more time for production and reducing the amount of water and chemicals required for cleaning.


There are many other benefits of pigging systems.

Not only does pigging improve yields and protect product quality, but it also provides:

  • Faster changeovers.
  • Increased operational efficiency.
  • Reduced waste and less production downtime.
  • Increased plant capacity.
  • Improved environmental sustainability.
  • Lower water consumption.
  • Less use of CIP and chemical agents.

These benefits typically result in a high return on investment and rapid payback to companies that invest in HPS technology. Pigging system payback is nearly always less than 12 months.


HPS hygienic and sanitary pipeline product recovery systems are designed according to your requirements. Our dedicated team will ensure that the system you need is the system you get.

HPS pigging systems are unique:

  1. Our pig has a full-body contact design that enables optimal product recovery (up to 99.5% of the product can be recovered from full pipelines).
  2. We don’t provide off-the-shelf systems. Every process and site is unique, and we understand that when we design your systems.
  3. Our pig has a flexible magnetic core, improving safety and allowing easy and efficient travel around 1.5D bends.


Need to work out how much a product recovery or pigging system could save you? Then make sure you check out our pigging system savings calculator.

The team at HPS have extensive experience in designing and commissioning pigging systems. We work with a large variety of industries and have a proven track record.

Find out more about how HPS pipeline pigging products will help you save product, increase efficiency, and reduce the risk of contamination by contacting us today.

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