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READYGo FVP: the new, complete solution for cold-extracted juices

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JBT has announced the launch of an innovative new system for cold-extracted fruit and vegetable juices, which is designed to overcome complications with traditional bag presses. Capable of processing everything from whole watermelons to carrots, beets and berries, the READYGo FVP™ offers continuous, hygienic juice extraction at up to five tons per hour of raw product.

The result of two years’ research involving prototypes and precursors, the FVP (Fruit and Vegetable Processing) skid incorporates JBT’s proven chopper pump, the FVX-5, with an external FVG flow-through grinder and a UCF110 screw finisher. No heat is applied during extraction, making the juice or blends suitable for immediate bottling followed by HPP processing with JBT’s Avure high-pressure processing systems.

Proven solution
Danny Milla, JBT’s New Product Development Manager for Fruit & Vegetable Processing, said: “The idea for this skid is to provide a modular system that can process any fruit and vegetable in a hygienic fashion. Three pieces of equipment are mounted on the skid and together provide the solution. 

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“Based on research and testing over the last two years, we have proven the concept and now we have created a new product that encapsulates this equipment on a single skid at a single price.”

Unlike a traditional bag press – an accordion-like structure, which squeezes the pulped produce through a nylon cloth – the FVP does not require emptying and refilling after each batch. Instead, the FVP offers continuous processing, which is hygienic and easy-to-clean, while at the same time – unlike a bag press, which is exposed to the atmosphere – being completely enclosed.

Easily automated, the FVP can also handle up to five tons per hour, and delivers a yield of anywhere between 50% to 92% across a range of commonly processed fruits and vegetables. Depending on the product it can generate up to 20 gallons per minute of fresh juice.

The first completed FVP skid is expected to be ready for commercialization in January 2019.

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JBT completes world’s fastest filling line for sweetened condensed milk

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JBT is pleased to announce the completion of a landmark achievement for the company, with the official launch of the world’s fastest filling line for Sweetened Condensed Milk (SCM) currently in operation. The new high capacity line, developed for a customer in Asia, is designed to run SCM in cans at 1200 Cans Per Minute (CPM), and its launch marks the culmination of months of hard work for JBT’s Sint Niklaas, Belgium team.

In order to meet growing consumer demand for sweetened condensed milk in Asia, the customer has invested in the new high capacity line, which includes a 81-station high speed JBT Unifiller along with a JBT Seamer 1259 for automatic closing of SCM in Ø73 x 83mm cans. 

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A High Capacity Unifiller being tested at JBT’s Sint-Niklaas, Belgium facility

With JBT’s receipt of the signed Site Acceptance Test (SAT) document, the customer has now taken final ownership of the line, closing a very important milestone for JBT, according to JBT’s Business Development and Marketing coordinator EMENA, Ben Verbeeck.

“We can now proudly say JBT has the fastest filling line for SCM in cans in the world,” he said. “This is a feat JBT can be very proud of. We can also successfully turn the page on this chapter of New Product Development and congratulate everybody who contributed to making this project a success.”

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Natural XTD: the Avure HPP Toller rated “world’s best”

JBT Avure Marketing Director Lisa Wessels tells the story of how Quebec-based Natural HPP – Canada’s first Avure HPP Toller – came to be rated “the world’s best HPP plant” by Subway auditors.

Natural HPP, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, near Montreal, started operations in June 2011 and remains the first and only HPP toller in Canada with federal approvals for proteins, seafood, and produce. Tollers are contract processors who HPP treat products for a range of customers.

Essentially “writing the book” on high pressure processing in Canada, Natural HPP was instrumental in the deregulation of HPP in Canada, helping remove it from the “Novel Food” regulation category for most applications effective April 1, 2016. Working closely with Health Canada food specialists over a four-year period, Natural HPP helped moved HPP into the mainstream, which means major savings at every level from the food producer using HPP to the consumer enjoying HPP-treated products.

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World leading
With so much experience, it’s no wonder that Natural HPP has become the epitome of efficiency as an HPP toller.

“We’ve developed an extensive predictive maintenance program over the years,” said Stephane Carrier, Natural HPP’s President and CEO. “This allows us to minimize unplanned downtime for Natural HPP’s customers, saving them time and money.”

Among Natural HPP’s equipment is a JBT/Avure AV-10, which serves as a testament to their rigorous maintenance program as well as the sturdiness of JBT/Avure equipment. Their AV-10 has seen more than 215,000 cycles, more than almost any other AV-10 in operation, and it’s still going strong.

Natural HPP has an extensive HACCP program under Canadian Federal regulation and boasts an SQF-II score of 96%. Auditors from the Subway sandwich chain have dubbed Natural HPP “ the best HPP plant around the world.”

For more information about Natural HPP, check out their website.

This article was originally published in the JBT Avure newsletter Avure HPP Bon Appétit.

Focus on thermal processing at South East Asia seminar

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JBT will be outlining practical solutions for heat recovery and conservation for customers in South East Asia using JBT batch retorts and other systems at an upcoming seminar to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The 4th South East Asia Technical Outreach Seminar, organized by the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS), will be staged at the Holiday Inn Bangkok from November 28-29, with two JBT specialists confirmed as speakers.

Designed for thermal process specialists, the IFTPS technical seminar is targeted towards food processors in South East Asia that require effective aseptic or sterilization of their food products. 

For its part, JBT, which is co-hosting the event alongside the IFTPS and the National Food Institute Thailand (NFI), will use the occasion to deliver talks on how to improve heat usage during product sterilization and processing. 

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JBT food scientists support food processors with ongoing thermal process needs.

Jo Suys, from JBT’s operation in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, will detail how to improve heat recovery with batch retorts, while Jacques Bichier, from JBT’s Madera, California offices, will examine considerations when it comes to processing products that exhibit broken heating behavior. 

Patrick Tan, JBT’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, said: “With the complete range of batch and continuous sterilization systems available from JBT, this event will enhance the image of JBT to food and beverage processors globally.”

Demonstrations of JBT software, including NumeriCAL, AseptiCAL, and TunaCAL, will be available on request during the South East Asia Technical Outreach Seminar.

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Synutra France: how JBT PLF helped make ambitious project a reality

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Construction of Chinese infant formula supplier Synutra’s first operation in France was not only a big step forward for the company, but also for JBT PLF which played a key role in the project from initiation through to completion, as PLF’s Ian Hillaby recalls.

Ian Hillaby has been travelling back and forth between the UK and China for more than 25 years, making contact with key players in China’s powdered infant formula industry. It was on one of these trips, around 10 years ago, that Hillaby initially made contact with Synutra, a Chinese infant formula manufacturer in the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao, which at the time had little in the way of any presence outside the country. 

However, it was not until some five years later that the initial meeting would come to fruition. Remembering their meeting Synutra contacted PLF and Hillaby for advice on an ambitious new project: design and construction of a can making and filling line for their new €230 million manufacturing site in Brittany, France, the company’s first venture outside Chinese borders.

Above: a tour of the Synutra France facility (in French)

Turnkey solution
Brittany was chosen for entirely practical reasons. As a center for milk production in France, the region could provide a steady, reliable source of fresh milk for processing purposes.

PLF was involved at the greenfield site from the very start, advising on the installation of high-speed turnkey canning lines (at that time, almost all Chinese companies used low-speed lines) as part of what would eventually become one of the fastest infant formula lines in the world.

“PLF became involved as Synutra was looking for the ability to manufacture and fill cans, and we were able to offer a complete turnkey solution,” explains Hillaby. 

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Aided by PLF’s already strong reputation for project delivery in the infant powder industry, PLF and Synutra got round a table, as Hillaby recalls, and started looking at what the company was trying to achieve and specific non-conventional options, such as pre-gassing technology. A pioneer in this area, PLF offers a pre-gassing system before the powder reaches the filling line, which maintains a sealed, modified atmosphere from the start to the finished product. As a result, the powder is never exposed to the outside atmosphere before sealing is completed, adding an extra layer of security in the process.

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China expansion
“We took probably 6-8 months from that initial meeting to completing the project design, then another 12-15 months to build and install,” says Hillaby. “There was quite an intense element of guiding, so not only the customer learnt a lot during the process, but there was also a learning curve for PLF as well. But at the end of the day, we got the job done and it’s a fantastic reference for the industry.”

Of course there were challenges along the way, one of the biggest being dealing with Chinese legislation, but Hillaby says Synutra was very happy with the final results; results which have led to a greater involvement for PLF in China. “We’ve just shipped our first line to a local Chinese infant formula manufacturer and we are hopeful that by the end of this year we can confirm further lines for another of China’s major infant formula producers,” Hillaby adds. 

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FTNON continues fresh-cut expansion with new onion and bell pepper processors

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JBT’s recently-acquired FTNON fresh-cut machinery business has announced the launch of two solutions designed to make life easier for onion and bell pepper processors, both of which have been developed to include easy-to-clean features that comply with the highest hygienic standards. 

Introduced by FTNON at its recent customer open week, held in Horst, The Netherlands from October 29-November 3, the two systems place an emphasis not just on effectiveness and reliability, but crucially also on ease-of-use and cleanability.

Cleanability factor
The newly-launched FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer, designed to be very hygienic and completely cleanable, has been developed to remove cores and problematic seeds from bell peppers in the most efficient way possible, while also leaving a small footprint. 

According to FTNON’s Lars Heuvelmans, the compact machine, which can handle two bell peppers at a time, uses pneumatic coring devices remove the center of the peppers, before a high-pressure air system cleans out the remaining seeds. Leftover seeds, stems and cores are then removed outside the machine using a scraper.

The JBT FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer

The JBT FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer

In the next step, the cored and cleaned bell peppers are cut lengthwise into pieces by a mechanical segmenting station, which enables the peppers to be divided into halves, quarters or eights.

However, as well as its efficiency, a key feature of the decorer is its cleanability. “It’s easy to access all areas of the machine – you just slide out the drum and you have access to the inside, the drills and the knives,” explains Heuvelmans. “If you look at a bell pepper, inside there are a lot of small seeds which will get into every part of the machine, so cleanability is a very important feature.”

The JBT FTNON Magnetic Onion Peeler

The JBT FTNON Magnetic Onion Peeler

Reduced costs
Developed by FTNON in collaboration with US-based Gills Onions and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the FTNON Magnetic Onion Peeler focuses on yield, hygiene and convenience with the design, components and materials specially selected to ensure the machine gets a very high score on all points. 

By employing super magnetism, the system eliminates the need for wires, tubes, belts and springs, resulting in a machine with frictionless components, which has the effect of tremendously reducing maintenance costs. 

With hygiene requirements in the food sector becoming ever more stringent, Heuvelmans says ease-of-cleaning is also a key feature of the stainless steel Magnetic Onion Peeler. Waste and the peeled product are separated at the earliest possible stage, meaning the risk of contamination or waste peel reaching other areas of the machine is greatly reduced, while the design has eliminated chains and other hygienically vulnerable components. Both of which, adds Heuvelmans, make a very real difference, not only for improving hygiene but also for overall cleanability. 

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JBT South Africa seminar to focus on solutions to improve citrus profitability

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JBT will be staging a one-day seminar for South African customers to provide an update on the latest international citrus and juice trends, with as special focus on how JBT solutions can help optimize yield and in the process deliver financial benefits. To be held at the OR Tambo City Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg on November 9, the event will also provide news on the latest JBT alliances and acquisitions.

Topics covered for optimizing yield more effectively will include a look at JBT’s READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system, a solution which enables customers extract valuable d-Limonene from citrus peel that would otherwise go to waste. 

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JBT’s Pulp Recovery and Pulp Wash systems can similarly recover pulp and sugars for pasteurization and aseptic filling, making them fit to add to juice from concentrate, not-from-concentrate, nectars and liquid yogurts.

Another subject that will be highlighted will be JBT’s Fruit and Vegetable Processing Solution, a complete, combined system which is ideal for premium juices and blends produced by smaller juice marketers.

Richard Collins, Sales & Marketing Manager, Liquid Food Solutions, said: “The focus will be to update our customers on latest international trends regarding the citrus industry and also to highlight where they can improve processes through JBT equipment to optimize yield to gain financial benefits.”

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