Tips for Choosing a Food-Grade Pump

Posted on by Sara Springer

Pumps are critical to the efficient production of food, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Springer Pumps has 50+ years of sanitary pumping experience to draw upon in recommending a cost-effective, Operator and Sanitation friendly solution.

Common liquids – pastes – gels that we pump

Tips for Choosing a Food Grade Pump
  • Alcohols
  • Aloe gels
  • Beer
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Corn syrup
  • Deodorant
  • Flavorings
  • Fruit paste
  • Fruit puree
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Hops
  • Icing
  • Lecithin
  • Lipstick
  • Magnesium hydroxide
  • Malt
  • Mascara
  • Nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • Petrolatum
  • ‘Sponge’
  • Tomato paste
  • Toothpaste
  • WFI
  • Yeast

Common Types of Pumps Used in the Food and Beverage Industry

AODD – Air-Operated Double Diaphragm

  • Gentle handling
  • Up to pipe size solids
  • Dry-Priming
  • Self-Priming
  • Safe for hazardous locations

EODD – Electrically Operated Double diaphragm

  • Dry-Running Capability
  • Gentle handling
  • Large-Particle versions available for poultry applications
  • Dry-Priming
  • Self-Priming
  • Zero air consumption for short ROI when replacing AODD pumps
  • Pulseless mode provides a smooth flow

Pail Drum-Tote Unloaders

  • Pump materials that don’t flow (peanut butter, caramel, corn syrup)
  • Pump directly from the shipping container
  • Pump your products cold – eliminate the hot room
  • Tapered or straight-sided drums
  • Heated plates available, ditch the hot room
  • Additional safety options and customizations available


  • Certa brand is the ‘cleanest pump you’ll ever need’
  • EHDGE and 3A certified
  • Designed from the start for CIP/SIP
  • Gentle handling
  • Handles solids
  • Pumps viscosity to 10 million cP
  • Rotatable ports

Centrifugal Pump

  • Least expensive
  • Handles viscosity to 1,000 cP
  • Designed for clear, clean low-pressure liquid transfer
  • Can handle high pressures


  • Designed for high viscosity products
  • Gentle handling
  • Handles large solids
  • CIP/SIP models
  • Bi-Directional flow


  • Seal-less
  • No valves in the fluid flow
  • Only the hose and port connections touch the fluid
  • Handle pipe size solids
  • Very gentle
  • Dry-Prime
  • Self-Prime
  • CIP/SP models
  • Handles abrasives


  • Smooth, pulseless flow
  • Accurate metering
  • Can be used as the CIP return pump to eliminate a second pump

Progressive Cavity

  • Smooth Pulseless flow
  • Very accurate metering
  • Handles very high viscosity
  • Handles abrasives
  • Handles solids


  • Designed to transfer large particles (cranberries in water)
  • Gentle handling
  • High flow rate
  • Live fish pumps

Drum – Tote

  • Available in centrifugal, piston and progressive cavity models
  • Designed for evacuating pails, drums, totes of flowable liquids
  • Air or electric models
  • Metering models

Choosing a Food Grade Pump

  • Application details
    • Type of application examples:
      • Is this a simple transfer application or do you require metering/batching control?
      • Are you supplying a filling machine?
      • Are you metering ingredients into a mixer?
    • Where the pump will be located, in relation to the product source and destination.
    • Are there any restrictions in the suction or discharge piping, strainers, filters, regulators, valves?
    • Flow rate
  • Material characteristics
    • Viscosity
    • Is it abrasive?
    • Solids? Size?
  • Cleaning – Sanitizing
    • Do you intend to CIP/SIP? Would you like to CIP/SIP?
    • Will the pump be used as the CIP supply/return pump, and if so what other equipment and piping will be in the CIP loop.

Springer Pumps Sanitary Solutions

Since 1965, Springer Pumps has worked with our customers to find solutions to their pumping challenges. We will do the same for you!

Contact us!

We will be glad to work with you via phone, email and onsite visits. For more information on our quality food-grade pumps and accessories, contact us today or request a quote.