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Hormel Foods honors JBT-Avure with Spirit of Excellence Award

Spirit of Excellence

(l-r) Jesse Wiste Hormel Project Engineer; Tim Boyle, JBT Avure; Kevin Kennedy, JBT Avure; Michael Mitchell, Hormel Superintendent of Engineering.

Hormel Foods Corporation has awarded 90 suppliers with a 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year.  For the fifth year in a row, JBT-Avure received this award, and couldn’t be more excited to help Hormel achieve their goals.  

“We are proud to partner with these outstanding suppliers and congratulate them on this achievement,” said Curtis Southard, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “These suppliers truly go above and beyond in helping us produce high-quality products for consumers around the world to achieve our key results.”

Suppliers that qualified for the Spirit of Excellence Award maintained a minimum supplier rating index score of 92 throughout a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system that began in 1990 to ensure each supplier is held to the same standards. Award criteria include meeting performance requirements, making on-time deliveries and providing high-level customer support.

“It’s an honor to help a great partner like Hormel help surpass its expectations,” said Kevin Kennedy, North America Sales Director. “We believe we don’t just build HPP machines, but we forge partnerships that drive long-term growth. This award strengthens that belief.”

Hormel highlighted much of its recent success to its foodservice division and refrigerated foods segment, which feature all natural meats treated on Avure’s high pressure processing machines.

JBT and MexiFrutas: a fresh recipe for success

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MexiFrutas, a leading mango pulp processor focused on global export markets, is one of JBT’s longest-standing customers in Mexico; a status which is no accident, according to MexiFrutas managing director Sergio Garcia. Since 2003, JBT has formed a key element in the ongoing MexiFrutas success story, providing solutions, equipment and support for the company during a period of sustained growth based on quality and a reputation for excellence.

MexiFrutas began life almost two decades ago with a small mango processing facility in the western, Pacific state of Nayarit. Fast forward 15 years and the company now boasts three processing sites – two in Nayarit and one in Chiapas – strategically placed to follow the annual Mexican mango season, starting in southern Mexico in Chiapas in late February, before moving north during the course of the year and finishing in early September. 

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Approximately 95% of MexiFrutas’ production is for international markets, shipping to a wide variety of destinations including the US, Canada, Europe, South and Central America, Japan, South Korea and even as far as Australia. A small percentage is also sold on the domestic market.

MexiFrutas’ working relationship with JBT also began back in 2003, establishing a very solid supplier-customer partnership that has continued to the present day, with all company sites featuring equipment and machinery 100% sourced from JBT.

“We started with one small processing plant, and now we have three plants that process mango pulp, which use 100% JBT equipment,” explains Sergio Garcia. “It has been a good relationship for both sides.”

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“MexiFrutas is in a sense married to JBT,” he continues. “As a company, we don’t like to take any risks in terms of the delicate machinery for a mango line producing processed pulp and JBT is very trustworthy. In fact, we have virtually never had any problems with product contamination or machinery failures, which is testament to the fact that the systems are well made and have effective safeguards against microbiological threats.”

But MexiFrutas has not only been working with JBT when it comes to processing mango pulp, it also collaborates closely JBT specialists in freezing and IQF products. 

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“JBT is a company that responds promptly whenever a problem might arise and provides solutions,” says Garcia. “We have great trust in JBT, trust which they have earned and which is reciprocal. It’s a successful relationship for both sides.”

MexiFrutas currently uses various JBT technologies at all three facilities, including de-pulping and finishing systems, enzymatic deactivation, evaporators, sterilizers and aseptic fillers. The company expects to purchase new JBT equipment to support their ambitious growth plan over the next 12-24 months.

“When we speak to a customer who is knowledgeable about mango pulping and we mention we use JBT equipment, there is an implicit recognition that you are using good systems for processing, and undoubtedly this gives confidence to our customers,” adds Garcia.

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JBT y MexiFrutas: una receta natural para el éxito

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MexiFrutas, uno de los principales procesadores de pulpa de mango enfocado en los mercados mundiales de exportación, es uno de los clientes más antiguos de JBT en México, y haber alcanzado ese estatus no es ninguna coincidencia, según afirma el director general de MexiFrutas, Sergio García. Desde 2003, JBT ha jugado un papel fundamental en la continua historia de éxito de MexiFrutas, brindando a la empresa  soluciones, equipos y apoyo durante un periodo de crecimiento sostenido que tiene como cimientos la calidad y una reputación de excelencia.

MexiFrutas nació hace casi dos décadas siendo una pequeña planta de procesamiento de mango localizada en el occidental estado del Pacífico, Nayarit. Quince años después, la empresa cuenta con tres plantas procesadoras—dos en Nayarit y una en Chiapas—cuya ubicación estratégica les permite seguir la temporada anual del mango mexicano, comenzando en el sur de México, en Chiapas, a finales de febrero, antes de trasladarse al norte durante los meses siguientes y concluir a comienzos de septiembre. 

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Aproximadamente un 95% de la producción de MexiFrutas se destina a los mercados internacionales, haciendo embarques a una variedad de destinos entre los que se encuentran Estados Unidos, Canadá, Europa, Centro y Sudamérica, Japón, Corea del Sur, e incluso lugares tan remotos como Australia. Solo una pequeña fracción se vende en el mercado nacional.

La colaboración entre MexiFrutas y JBT también data de 2003, cuando establecieron una muy sólida alianza cliente-proveedor que ha perdurado hasta el día de hoy, en que todas las plantas de la empresa cuentan con equipamiento y maquinaría proveniente en su totalidad de JBT.

“Iniciamos con una pequeña planta procesadora y ahora somos tres plantas que procesan pulpa de mango utilizando en un 100% equipos de JBT”, explica Sergio García. “Ha sido una colaboración buena para ambas partes”.

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“MexiFrutas está de cierta manera casada con JBT”, prosigue. “Como empresa, no nos gusta arriesgarnos en cuestiones de la delicada maquinaria que se requiere para una línea de mango que produce pulpa procesada, y JBT es sumamente confiable. De hecho, prácticamente nunca hemos tenido problemas de contaminación de productos o fallas de la maquinaria, lo que demuestra que los sistemas están muy bien hechos y cuentan con medidas de protección efectivas en contra de amenazas microbiológicas”.

La colaboración entre MexiFrutas y JBT no se limita al procesamiento de pulpa de mango, también trabaja muy de la cerca con los especialistas de JBT especializados en congelación y productos IQF. 

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“JBT es una empresa que responde oportunamente cada vez que surge un problema y nos brinda soluciones”, explica García. “Confiamos plenamente en JBT, y esa confianza se la han ganado y además es recíproca. Es una relación de éxito para ambas partes”.

Mexifrutas actualmente utiliza una variedad de soluciones JBT en las tres plantas, incluyendo despulpadores y refinadores, evaporadores, esterilizadores, y llenadoras asépticas.

La empresa espera adquirir nuevo equipamiento de JBT para consolidar su ambicioso plan de crecimiento que contempla para los siguientes 12 a 24 meses.

“Si conversamos con un cliente conocedor de la extracción de pulpa de mango y mencionamos que utilizamos equipamiento JBT, existe un reconocimiento implícito de que estamos usando sistemas que son buenos para el procesamiento y, sin lugar a duda, esto les da confianza a nuestros clientes”, afirma García.

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JBT focus on filling challenges

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Manufacturers of food and beverages packed in glass and plastic bottles face a range of mounting pressures. Hygiene and food safety requirements are increasing at the same time that cost per unit is becoming more and more critical. In this challenging environment, the choice of filling technology is crucially important.

JBT‘s latest White Paper, ‘The Art of Filling Glass and Plastic Bottles’, examines in detail the prominence of the packaging types in our daily lives. A walk down any grocery store aisle will likely provide evidence of just how important plastic and glass bottles have become, for everything from drinks and juices to dairy products, wines, spirits, edible oils, sauces and condiments. 

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The JBT Level Filler: one of JBT’s innovative solutions for glass and plastic bottles

However, today’s market demands are creating challenges in production schedules as well as applying pressure for quality and food safety standards like never before. JBT’s filling solutions help ensure bottled products comply with the highest standards before they reach the retail shelf.

The JBT White Paper looks at the role played by filling machines – the only packaging machines that come into contact with products – detailing how they play a major role in managing product quality, safety, shelf life and yield, as well as JBT solutions for making sure these requirements are realized to their maximum.

DOWNLOAD the full White Paper HERE

JBT acquires fresh produce and ready meals solutions provider FTNON

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JBT, the global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, has announced the acquisition of FTNON, a leading equipment specialist for the fresh produce, ready meal, and pet food sectors.

JBT purchased the Almelo, Netherlands-based company, which has a presence in more than 60 countries and provides a range of state-of-the-art technology for food processors including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems, for €32 million before customary post-closing adjustments.

Tom Giacomini, JBT’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “FTNON provides us entry into the fresh cut equipment market, tapping the rapidly expanding demand for ready-to-eat fresh produce. 

“It also brings robotic technology for cutting, coring, and peeling fruits and vegetables – a valuable capability that reduces customers’ labor requirements. As part of JBT, we foresee opportunities to expand FTNON’s global penetration, grow its aftermarket business, and enhance profitability.” 

The acquisition of FTNON is expected to add annual revenue of approximately $30 million to JBT’s FoodTech business, which already provides a wide range of technology and processing solutions to the fresh produce sector, including labelling and cleaning systems.

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Extended vacuum kit boosts tomato peeler performance

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JBT has introduced a new extension upgrade kit for existing JBT SP-20 and SP-30 tomato peelers which can greatly improve the performance and efficiency of older machinery, preserving more meat and juice, while increasing the typical output of the systems.

The subject of a year-long trial with a JBT customer in Northern California, the Extended Vacuum Kit significantly boosts average production volumes, in the process making older equipment competitive with newer models and commercially viable. 

The upgrade kit has been developed by JBT to modify the SP-20 and SP-30 Tomato Peeling Systems, used successfully by leading tomato processors for many years, which will substantially improve throughput capacity and peeling performance.

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JBT’s SP-30 with the Extended Vacuum Kit

Dramatic results
The extended vacuum kit will enable dramatic improvements in both throughput and peel removal efficiency, with a minimal investment, according to JBT’s Chuck Ward.

“The SP-20 and SP-30 peelers have a small vacuum area contained within the discharge value, which is used to peel the tomato – now we’ve added a second valve on the discharge and a vacuum chute in-between those two valves, which increases the area of vacuum and exposure time on the tomatoes,” he explains. “It dislodges the skins much more efficiently, in the process increasing the capacity of the peelers from 30 tonnes per hour to 45 tonnes per hour.”

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The upgrade kit also removes the risk of over-peeling by ensuring more efficient tomato skin removal. “With the old system, a lot of people over peeled, taking away the juice and the meat,” says Ward. “With the vacuum chute extension upgrade kit, the tomatoes come out very clean and just the peels are removed, so it’s made an older machine competitive and viable again.”

In the case of the Northern California trial, Ward says the customer – who runs five additional SP-20 peelers, could achieve the same level of output with much greater quality, with just three peelers, thanks to the extended vacuum kit.

Click HERE to learn more about the Extended Vacuum Kit

HPP Fresh Florida: how JBT Avure helped build a fast-growing business

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The story of how leading Florida-based High Pressure Processing (HPP) service provider HPP Fresh Florida came into being can be traced back to a game of golf one Thanksgiving between company founders Keith Sirois and Peter O’Hara. Hospitality industry professionals with a combined 80 years’ experience between them, Sirois was enthusiastically relating details of a visit to a salsa plant owned and operated by a friend in Michigan. 

The owner of a business called Garden Fresh Foods, Sirois’ friend was using HPP for salsas to considerable success. “I was enamored with the whole thing,” Sirois recalls. “I felt like this is the future of food.”

HPP revolution
HPP, a technology developed by JBT’s Avure Technologies business, can deliver an extended shelf life for liquid foods with a minimal impact on flavor, texture or nutritional content. The system pasteurizes liquid foods in flexible packaging by subjecting them to cold water at extremely high pressures – 87,000 pounds per square inch or 6,000 BAR – which has the effect of inactivating pathogens, such as salmonella, listeria or E.coli.

“HPP allows food manufacturers to take preservatives out of food,” explains Sirois. “It also gives smaller companies an opportunity to expand their marketplace, and that’s what Garden Fresh Foods did. They bought a small HPP machine and all of a sudden were shipping all over the world. From a little company that was schlepping salsa around grocery stores, they were exporting to Asia and other places.”

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JBT support
O’Hara was similarly enthused, so the pair started to look for a site in Florida, eventually finding a suitable building in the town of Bartow. “We’d been in the food business our whole lives, so we understood there is a shift happening in food and in what people want in their food,” says Sirois.

HPP Fresh Florida provides several ancillary services, such as labelling, date code and packing, but HPP remains its primary business, working with suppliers and products, including meat, seafood, juice, salsa, hummus and dips. “There’s a wide variety of foods that can be treated with HPP and we’ll do any of them,” explains Sirois.

“Of course, there are some foods that are not suitable for HPP, and there are some controlling factors when it comes it packaging – you can’t put glass or cans through HPP – but a huge number of foods are suitable.”

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HPP Fresh Florida’s relationship with JBT began when the company enquired about ordering its first Avure HPP machine and has continued ever since. “We have a great relationship with JBT,” says Sirois. “I felt right from day one that we were partners.”

The company currently uses JBT Avure’s largest machine, the AV40X, for HPP processing, but has the plumbing and foundation work in place for a second unit, which Sirois expects to order next year to meet growing demand.

Overall, he says customer feedback to the technology has been very enthusiastic, and new customers continue to arrive on an almost daily basis. “What we are finding is a company may discover us through their relationship with JBT, and all of a sudden I talk to them and then I get calls from people they called and spoke to about us, so it’s very exciting,” Sirois adds.

Visit HPP Fresh Florida HERE

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