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JBT showcases fresh produce technologies at Fruit Attraction 2018

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JBT’s innovative solutions for fresh produce companies, including quick-dry coating solutions and industry-leading cleaning technologies, will be highlighted at the JBT stand as part of an increased presence at Fruit Attraction 2018, one of Europe’s premier trade events for the fresh produce sector.

Among the products highlighted will be JBT’s Endura-Fresh™ Quick Dry Poly (QDP) and Endura-Fresh™ Natural Supreme coatings for citrus. As well as being fast-drying, Endura-Fresh QDP provides a long-lasting shine that helps preserve the freshness and taste of the fruit. 

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The result of some 80 years’ research and development, Endura-Fresh Natural Supreme offers a cutting-edge citrus coating for superior control of fruit weight loss and shrinking, as well as providing a guaranteed shine from the packhouse to the end receiver.

As part of an increased stand size of 72m2 for this year’s show, JBT will also be highlighting the T-Series Bin Scrubber. A new variation on JBT’s original Bin Scrubber, the system provides efficient bin cleaning with a smaller footprint than alternative systems. New benefits include a telescoping brush scrubbing head to ensure all internal surfaces are cleaned, a bin rinse feature for non-vented bins, and a bin drying stage also for non-vented bins.


Fresh-cut innovations
JBT’s move into solutions for the fresh-cut and pre-prepared fruit and vegetable industry through FTNON, the recently-acquired equipment specialist for the fresh produce, ready meal, and pet food sectors, will also be highlighted at the show.

FTNON specialises in a range of solutions for fresh-cut fruits and salads – known as IV Gama and V Gama in Spain – as well as lines for processors of vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, spinach and other products. The company, which has a presence in more than 60 countries, specialises in a range of state-of-the-art technology for fresh-cut and vegetable processors, including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems.

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2018 in Hall 6, Stand 6C05 at the Feria de Madrid exhibition centre, Madrid, Spain from October 23-25.

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Laser Food launches Natural Branding initiative across Europe

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Laser Food, the creator of innovative, environmentally-friending laser labelling for fresh fruit, has announced the Europe wide launch of a new brand name for the technology, Natural Branding. Reflecting the profound environmental benefits of the system, the Natural Branding name will shortly be seen in grocery retail outlets and supermarkets across Europe, emphasising the growing public acceptance of the Laser Food-originated technology.

Initially introduced two years ago by Laser Food to accompany laser-labelled organic products, the Natural Branding name has proven to be a hit with consumers, receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from shoppers and gathering media coverage across Europe. The initiative also took the top prize for Laser Food customer Eosta in the Sustainability Category at the Packaging Awards 2018. As well as Eosta, the system is now being used across the organic fruit sector, including by organic kiwifruit specialist Agricolli Bio and organic pumpkin marketer Bio Freshi.

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Laser Food managing director Jaime Sanfelix explained that as a result the company began to take steps to formally register the name at a Europe-wide level, acknowledging that laser labelling is recognised by increasing numbers of consumers first and foremost as Natural Branding.

He said: “Two years ago we started marketing organic fruits using a very interesting concept that we called Natural Branding. The concept generated a very positive response with consumers across Europe and was also well received by the media. Following that, we initiated the process of registering the Natural Branding name as a brand.

“As the leaders and the creators of the technology, it’s very satisfying to see how the Natural Branding brand name is now recognised by consumers across Europe, and how more and more people are acknowledging the great benefits it has for the environment.”

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Sanfelix added that the recognition of the brand and system, which can now be found in many of Europe’s leading markets, including Germany, the Netherlands and France, further reinforced the hard work that Laser Food has undertaken since it first developing the technology in 2007.

About Laser Food
Laser Food’s Natural Branding can help both producers and retailers improve their environmental credentials for the simple reason that the system eliminates the need for wasteful paper labels. Approved for use in the EU, Natural Branding’s laser labelling technology adds labels and logos to fruit surfaces through a depigmentation process that does not harm the product in any way whatsoever.

Laser Food’s global expansion has been made possible thanks to its worldwide marketing agreement with JBT Corporation, which builds and promotes Laser Food’s Laser Mark technology worldwide. JBT also promotes Laser Food via jbtc.com and the @JBTLaserFood social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Laser Food will be exhibiting with JBT at Fruit Attraction 2018 in Hall 6, Stand 6C05 in the Feria de Madrid conference centre, Madrid, Spain from 23-25 October.

Perricone Farms: how JBT helped a California juice business go global

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California-based Perricone Farms is a success story that has been two decades in the making. Established in the 1990s by a renowned citrus grower and packer, the business has since become a leading juice processor and marketer, famed for the quality and provenance of its ingredients. JBT – as Perricone readily acknowledges – played a key role in the development and subsequent success of the business, helping the company improve its juice yield by 20% and acting as a partner in a fruitful relationship that continues to the present day.

Perricone Farms CEO Bob Rovzar has been well-placed to have witnessed the evolution of the Beaumont, California business since it first launched its juice processing venture almost two decades ago. The company’s initial contact with JBT came in the late 1990s under the leadership of JBT’s North America Director of Sales Donn Sabato who approached what Rovzar describes as “a little juice plant in Southern California”. “At that time, our plant paled in comparison to larger juice companies in the US, especially in the West,” recalls Rovzar. “But even in those early days, JBT always treated us as a valued customer and spent time with us. They were a valuable partner as we established the business.”

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Technical expertise
Perricone Farms as a juicing operation was first established by current managing director Joe Perricone’s father Sam; an industry icon who at the time was a large grower and packer of fresh citrus. The move into juice took place after Perricone acquired a small juicing company – and client of Perricone – that was struggling with financial difficulties.

The juicing business began in earnest with four JBT extractors, plus two non-JBT pieces of machinery – a piecemeal fruit unloading system and a used finisher. “JBT supplied technical expertise, explaining how we should be extracting and setting-up the machinery, as well how to get the maximum yield out of a plant that ran multiple varieties of fruit,” says Rovzar. The company, he recalls, also had a make-shift sizer that was jerry-rigged and made from spare parts.

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Market evolution
In its early days, Rozvar says Perricone was 90% focused on orange juice production, and although it remains important, as the market has evolved, so the company has developed a much broader base of juices. Orange juice today accounts for around 50% of Perricone’s production, with the other half sourced from lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines. These juices are sold to high-end restaurants and hotels, grocery retail under the Perricone Farms label or retailer owned brands, and to a lesser extent to foodservice distributors and food ingredients processors.

Although the majority of Perricone Farm’s juices are sold within the Western US, the company has begun in more recent times exporting to the Far East and some volumes to Mexico. “In California, the majority of fruit is destined for the fresh market, but because we are part of the Perricone family of companies, we have access to fruit in-season and also benefit from our close proximity to Mexico during the winter months,” says Rovzar.

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Leap forward
What has really helped Perricone make a commercial leap forward, says Rovzar, was a move into purpose-built new facility with considerable help and assistance from JBT. “With JBT’s help and support, we have been able to completely rebuild and redo our juice extraction operation without shutting down our existing extraction line,” he explains. “This has been important because we extract juice 365 days a year. 

“For several years, people on both side – JBT and Perricone – said the extraction line could not be replaced without shutting down the existing operation, but JBT found a way of running both lines simultaneously for a month while the new operation was put in place. Through JBT’s help, we were able to provide a seamless transition to our customers and we couldn’t have done it without the support, dedication and commitment we received from JBT, from the engineers right up to top management.”

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“The process works when the customer takes your information and implements the changes and or suggestions,” explained JBT’s Donn Sabato. “Perricone, to their credit, took the information we presented to them and put it into action under Bob and Joe’s leadership. This area is why Perricone has grown so dramatically in the last few years based on Joe and Bob’s leadership – they are action oriented and work their plan to fruition.”

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Surpassing forecasts
Moving into the new facility, Perricone implemented the new extraction line with JBT’s partnership and assistance, with the result that it far surpassed the original forecast. “We improved our yield by 15-20% compared with the original forecast 8-10%,” says Rovzar. “It allowed us to capitalize on being able to extract the fruit when it is available and to become competitively positioned in the market. Being able to extract 20% more juice means that we are now better able to satisfy our customer base with juice that was previously going to waste.”

Perricone today has eight extractors, two brand-new finishers and a sizer – all sourced from JBT. It is also investing in new JBT-supported fruit unloading system, which will provide substantial support on effectively handling fruit through to loading into tanks for processing. JBT has also helped establish a citrus oil recovery system at the plant. “We are optimistically looking at other opportunities for working together with JBT in the future,” adds Rovzar. “JBT is our first choice for working together.”

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Lightening the load: JBT showcases efficiency-improving AGVs at Pack Expo

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JBT’s line of automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems, solutions which are enabling many high profile companies in the food sector to make substantial efficiency savings, will be centerstage at this year’s Pack Expo, which will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from October 14-17. JBT will be showcasing the CB750, a counterbalance-style forklift AGV capable of carrying 750 kg, which will be running host-free at the show.

What this means in practice, says JBT AGV’s Laura McConney, is that the forklift will be operating without any high-level software and will make all the intelligent decisions itself. Ideal for handling pallets, racks, and rolls, the counterbalance AGV excels in floor-to-floor transfers, and its end-mounted lift mast allows the vehicle to move multiple load types without complications.

“The AGVs handle a lot of packaging materials for customers, principally towards the end of line as packaging materials are coming off the production line,” explains McConney. “We do really well with palletised units and can also automatically load and unload trailers.”

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Efficiency savings
However, one of the most outstanding attributes offered by the AGV is its ability to deliver substantial efficiency savings. Manufactured in the US – as well as the UK for Europe and China for Asia, respectively – the AGV units remove repetitive and wasteful work practices, enabling companies to redeploy resources more effectively.

“Most of what we’re delivering to customers is labor savings,” says Mark Longacre, JBT’s applications manager for automated systems. “We think of that as allowing them to redeploy labor to where they can create more value in their process. Having people on a forklift moving products from one end of the plant to the other all day does not add value to the product. In reality, it can affect safety and often does. People get bored and careless and make mistakes, which can create accidents and personal injury, as well as plant and product damage.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Pack Expo 2018 at Booth N-4725 in Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center from October 14-17.

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Innovations and new technologies to take center stage at JBT Chile seminar

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JBT will be highlighting new developments, innovations and technologies – including those available for fresh-cut produce processors through recent acquisition FTNON – to fruit, dairy and protein specialists in Chile at a special seminar to be held on October 2. 

The full-day ‘New Food Technology Seminar’, which will be staged in the city of Rancagua’s Hotel Manquehue, will cover a range of topics of interest to producers and processors, including aseptic pasteurization and sterilization, fresh fruit processing, and high-speed filling and sealing applications. 

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Cutting-edge technology will also be well represented in the form of laser labelling for fresh fruits and vegetables, the innovative Fog In Place (FIP) system for effective disinfection of production facilities, and a look at the benefits of JBT Avure’s High Pressure Processing (HPP) for pasteurization that preserves product quality. The innovative solutions offered by the newest addition to the JBT family, FTNON, will also be featured, with a special look at how FTNON technology can help companies in the fresh-cut produce and ready meal segments.

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“The Idea is to bring new developments, innovations and technologies to the attention of customers and potential customers,” explains JBT’s Januário Soligon. “JBT works with a lot of big companies in Chile, including multinational food and beverage processors, from canned fruits though to tinned sardines, but the seminar is also open to delegates from neighbouring countries who would like to take part.”

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Innovaciones y nuevas tecnologías serán protagonistas en el seminario de JBT en Chile

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JBT presentará en Chile los nuevos desarrollos, innovaciones y tecnologías –incluidas aquellas disponibles para los procesadores de cuarta gama gracias a la reciente adquisición de FTNON – a los especialistas en frutas, lácteos y proteínas que se congregarán en un seminario especializado a celebrarse el 2 de octubre. 

Con un día completo de duración, el “Seminario Nuevas Tecnologías para Alimentos”, cuya sede será el Hotel Manquehue de la ciudad de Rancagua, abordará una amplia variedad de temas de interés para productores y procesadores de alimentos, como la pasteurización y esterilización asépticas, el procesamiento de frutas y verduras frescas y las aplicaciones de llenado y cerrado de alta velocidad. 

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Delegados en el semanario de JBT Chile de 2015 en San Francisco de Mostazal

La tecnología de vanguardia también estará bien representada a través del etiquetado láser para frutas y verduras frescas, el innovador sistema Fog In Place (FIP) para la efectiva desinfección de las instalaciones de producción, además se tendrá un vistazo a las ventajas que brinda la tecnología de JBT Avure para el Procesamiento de Alta Presión (HPP) en la pasteurización que mantiene la calidad del producto.

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Las novedosas soluciones que aporta el nuevo integrante de la familia JBT, FTNON, también estarán en exhibición. Se contará con la exclusiva oportunidad de ver cómo la tecnología de FTNON puede apoyar a las empresas pertenecientes a los segmentos de cuarta y quinta gama.

“La idea es atraer la atención de la clientela actual y de clientes potenciales a los nuevos desarrollos, innovaciones y tecnologías”, señaló Januário Soligon de JBT. “JBT trabaja con muchas empresas grandes de Chile, entre las que se encuentran algunos procesadores multinacionales de alimentos y bebidas, desde frutas en conserva a sardinas enlatadas, sin embargo el seminario también está abierto a delegados de países vecinos que estén interesados en participar”.

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JBT debuts SteriCompact UHT system to meet global smaller pack demand

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JBT has announced the launch of the SteriCompact processing system, the latest in the company’s Sterideal® HX UHT range of systems, which has been specially adapted to meet demand for smaller pack sizes in emerging markets.

The SteriCompact UHT, which is based on JBT’s globally successful Sterideal HX UHT system, will cater for the move towards reduced scale milk and juice production and pack sizes in developing economies, as well as specialized products in high-end markets.
Already in the process of being installed with processors in Brazil, Thailand and India, the system is designed for a smaller volume production in smaller packages – of down to 80ml – than has been common in most markets to date.

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Bram Bergsma, Product Line Operations Manager for Processing Systems at Amsterdam-based JBT Food & Dairy Systems, said: “In countries like India and Brazil, there’s a trend for smaller filling capacity machines and packaging. These are countries with large populations, but where people don’t necessarily have the income to afford the larger packs. The SteriCompact UHT has been developed for these markets.”

As well as standard dairy applications, the system, which handles lower-range capacity production of 2000-4000 liters per hour, can be configured with optional modules to process Extended Shelf Life milk, juices with small fibers and soy products. The SteriCompact UHT is designed around one central skid containing all the process components including the electrical system, which results in reduced installation time and cost.

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However, in addition to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the system has also attracted attention in Europe and the US. “We’ve received significant interest from Spain and the US for smaller capacity lines for smaller batches,” said Bergsma. “This is for products produced in small amounts where the flavor can change frequently, so having the SteriCompact UHT in place will help avoid waste.”

About Sterideal XH UHT systems
Dairy producers worldwide favor the JBT Food & Dairy Systems Sterideal HX UHT concept for its robustness, resulting product quality and ease of operation. The unique helical configuration of concentric tubes ensures effective thermal treatment combined with efficient heat recovery and optimal product handling. The tubular in-flow processor is used for pasteurizing and sterilizing dairy products, juices and higher viscosity products like tomato sauces and desserts.

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