Nickel in the Food & Beverage Industry

Nickel-containing stainless steels are the material of choice for the Food and Beverage Industry.  High nickel alloys are occasionally required for high corrosion resistance or other special properties. Nickel-plated parts are occasionally used, especially where abrasion resistance is important.  Nickel-containing catalysts are also used, for example in the hydrogenation of vegetable oils and fats.  But nickel-containing stainless steels are the dominant material in this industry.


These pages are designed to help you select an appropriate nickel-containing stainless steel for your domestic, commercial or industrial food & beverage project.  Even your kitchen sink is most likely stainless steel.

Whether you are employed in the food processing industry or simply interested to know why material choices are so important to the quality and safety of your food, these pages are for you.

Related pages: Information specific to water, including potable water, is found in the NI Water pages.

Did you know . . .

that many of our favourite soft drinks and foods are very acidic and capable of attacking a wide range of materials, including many metals? Badly corroded containers and handling equipment provide an obvious source of food contamination and are a haven for the growth of bacteria.

These are just some of the reasons why the discovery of stainless steel early in the 20th century was a milestone event for the food and beverage processing industries. This wonderfully hygienic and durable alloy has become a favourite in domestic kitchens and for the very same reasons, it is the material of choice in processing and handling products as diverse as milk and dairy products, beer and wine, fruit juices, soft drinks, vegetables, fish, meat, baked goods, and many, many more. 
More on why you should use stainless.

For News and Nickel Magazine stories about the Food and Beverage Industry, see News.

But, as with all materials, there is a right way and a wrong way to specify and use stainless steel. This web site contains links to various Standards, Codes and Guidelines that will help ensure that the correct material grade is chosen and that components are designed to ensure long service life, ease of maintenance and, above all, hygienic and wholesome food. Some Industry Associations are also included on this page.

For more on Design & Fabrication of Stainless Steels in this industry

For information on how about Care and Cleaning of stainless steel

For Nickel Institute publications and other resources on the Food and Beverage industry

More Links are provided to other authoritative sources, which include internationally-recognized guidelines, standards, and regulations that are relevant to this application.