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JBT’s PRoCARE: helping keep HPP downtime to a minimum


Being able to maximize efficiency is essential for any company using High Pressure Processing (HPP) from JBT Avure to increase shelf life and ensure food safety, which is why downtime must be kept to a minimum. This is where a PRoCARE program from JBT Avure comes into play. 

With PRoCARE, equipment is inspected and maintained per the manufacturing standards to optimize performance and maintenance technicians receive on-going training.  Maintenance employee turnover is an issue customers are faced with around the globe.  With the training offered as part of PRoCARE, employees will be kept current with the required maintenance practices.


Preventative maintenance
The System Uptime Review Evaluation (SURE) from JBT Avure is one way of guarding against unnecessary HPP downtime and is available to Avure customers – free for the first year – as part of JBT’s PRoCARE preventative maintenance program.

As Tim Boyle, JBT Avure’s Director of Customer Care for HPP, explains, SURE focuses on carrying out a full visual inspection of machinery, measuring pre-stress levels and making sure all components are working at maximum efficiency. Another key element to the SURE inspection is ensuring all aspects of the HPP safety systems are working properly and customer personnel are following the correct safety protocols.     

“Safety is one of our main concerns in everything we do.  When you are running machines at 87,000 psi, we need to be sure the safety systems continue to perform as they were designed”, says Boyle. “HPP is a growing technology in the food industry and we want to ensure that it maintains its reputation for safety in terms of the food our customer’s process as well was with the operation of our equipment” he emphasizes.

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Identifying problems
SURE allows JBT technicians to identify areas where maintenance is not being performed properly, even finding instances where customers are prematurely discarding thousands of dollars of parts which could easily be re-lapped and reused. “With the maintenance employee turnover issues our customers face, we often find that new employees don’t fully understand the maintenance requirements and how to perform the work.  This level of uncertainty can lead to less efficient work time and more machine downtime,” explains Boyle.

“Through the PRoCARE program’s combination of the SURE inspection and immediate training, we can identify areas of improvement and spend time training both new and existing employees.  This real time feedback is extremely effective in showing not just what needs to be done on the machine, but why it is important.”


The PRoCARE package of the SURE inspection and three days’ maintenance training is now included free for the first year when purchasing a new Avure HPP machine. For those customers that would like further support, JBT Avure can customize a PRoCARE Level 2 package to meet their specific needs. These options can be service visits from Avure technicians, custom parts kits for easy ordering, parts discounts, emergency service discounts and also the JBT iOPS (our internet of things) portal for enhanced machine reporting. “Our goal is to become an integral part of our customer’s success through exceptional customer service,” adds Boyle.

Learn more about PRoCARE options

FTNON Open Days to showcase fresh-cut solutions

FTNON lettuce - Heemskerk Fresh & Easy

JBT FTNON will showcase several of its groundbreaking innovations developed to improve food safety, hygiene and processing efficiency for fresh-cut salad and vegetable producers at a series of Open Days taking place at the company’s facility in Almelo, the Netherlands from November 11-15 2019.

Visitors to the Open Days will be able to view demonstrations of solutions including the CoreTakr® Flex and the CoreTakr® Iceberg for safe, efficient robotic de-coring of iceberg lettuce, cabbage and other products. The Bell pepper de-corer (SPD-200) removes the unpleasant and time-consuming task of having to core bell peppers manually, while improving productivity and yield in the process. 

The Magnetic Onion Peeler (MOP-200) – developed by FTNON in collaboration with Gills Onions and the American USDA – reduces the costs of maintenance and is able to process up to 120 onions per minute by using frictionless permanent super magnetism, eliminating the need for wires, tubes, belts and springs. 

FTNON’s washing and drying lines include the Super Batch Centrifuge SBC, a solution which has been especially developed for drying fragile salads by evenly dividing the pieces around a centrifuge in a conical drum. The system’s easy-to-clean, hygienic design helps ensure less product damage and at the same time reduces energy costs and the overall footprint. 

The Open Days will also feature demonstrations of JBT FTNON alliances and JBT’s new IoT software platform known as iOPS®.

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Egypt seminar focuses on solutions to support export growth


Effective methods for increasing the shelf life of citrus, as well as new solutions for packaging and labeling, as well as tips for benefitting from growing demand for fresh-cut foods, were just some of the topics tackled during JBT’s recent one-day seminar in Cairo, Egypt, which attracted growers and packers from across the country.

The event – JBT’s first dedicated post-harvest seminar in Egypt – took place in the headquarters of the country’s Agricultural Export Council (AEC) and featured a range of top-level speakers from both within and outside JBT. Discussion subjects included citrus coatings, packhouse performance improvement and produce processing.

Among the speakers was Arno Erasmus, a Postharvest Plant Pathologist focusing on disease control and fruit quality management for major US-based grower-marketer Wonderful Citrus who examined the benefits of post-harvest fungicides for citrus.

John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, discussed the science of citrus coatings, including JBT’s innovative Endura-Fresh™ range, while techniques for effective tray top sealing were the focus of a presentation from one of the newest additions to the JBT family, Proseal.

Francisco Peris, JBT’s Sales & Business Development Manager for Fresh Produce Technologies said the seminar, which attracted 61 delegates from 25 leading packers, was aimed at helping meet the Egyptian produce sector’s high expectations for market growth. “Egypt has the water and the land, and we expect to see strong growth in the produce sector in the medium term,” he said. “JBT will be looking to support this growth with our post-harvest solutions, which can help improve the shelf life for citrus.”

Learn more about JBT’s post-harvest solutions 

JBT Fresh Produce Technologies celebrates landmark 90th anniversary


JBT’s recent appearance at two of 2019’s most prominent produce trade events – Fruit Attraction 2019 in Madrid, Spain and PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California – was made even more significant by the fact that JBT’s Fresh Produce Technologies (FPT) business unit is this year celebrating its landmark 90th anniversary. 

It is an achievement that John Siddle, JBT’s FPT Global Product Line Director, describes as a testament to the enduring quality of JBT solutions. “We’re excited about being in business for 90 years,” he says. “It speaks to the quality of what we produce and the longevity of our organization.”

From founder John Bean’s invention of a continuous spray pump to battle scale in his almond orchards through to the introduction of the world’s first continuous rotary pressure sterilizer for processing low acid foods such as vegetables, the development of FPT can be traced through the history of JBT. 

This commitment to developing new FPT solutions has continued with the Endura-Fresh™ line of coatings and the Freshgard™ decay control range, which can help improve product appearance, shelf-life, and guard against weight loss. More recently, JBT has brought on board two companies that can offer innovative solutions in fresh-cut machinery and produce packaging – FTNON and Proseal – both of which featured at PMA Fresh Summit 2019 and Fruit Attraction 2019.

According to John Siddle, much of this continued success can be traced to JBT’s technical expertise, which has allowed the company to adapt to the changing needs of the produce sector.

In particular, he says JBT’s FPT business has grown significantly over the past 20 years, almost doubling in size as a result of a move into produce labelling, fruit coatings and a focus on natural and water-based products. 

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Global expansion
The growth in the FPT business unit over the past two decades can be traced back to the outbreak of citrus greening in JBT’s former core market for juice extractors, Florida, which prompted a shrinking of the industry and a move of much of the production to California. “We saw growth opportunities for other FPT solutions in other parts of the US and we have made strides forward with that,” says Siddle. These solutions included the introduction of the JBT Tall Bin Scrubber, which has become a valued tool for field bin sanitization and the Freshgard® Chemtrol Programmable Controller for safe, reliable and low-cost control of the pH and sanitizer level in re-circulating water systems.

However, another major factor was JBT’s desire to develop its FPT market share outside the bounds of the US by taking the solutions and technologies to customers worldwide. “We’re now a whole lot more global than we were 20 years ago and we keep expanding,” adds Siddle who identifies the Middle East and Asia as two key growth markets for the years to come.

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JBT HPP Seminars to visit Japan and Brazil

The advantages of using JBT Avure’s innovative High Pressure Processing (HPP) solutions for food and beverage processors, which can extend shelf-life and neutralize harmful bacteria without compromising on flavor or product quality, will be highlighted at HPP seminars in Japan and Brazil in late October-early November for both existing and new customers. 

The JBT Technical Seminar, ‘HPP – How it Works’, which earlier in October visited Melbourne, Australia, will focus on both current applications – juice, beverages and dairy – and newer success stories, including ready-to-eat and minimally processed foods.

Customers in Tokyo, Japan will have the chance to learn about the benefits of HPP on October 25 at the JASSO Center in Odaiba, where the event will feature customer success stories and an update on applications and packaging requirements from JBT Avure’s Dr. Errol Raghubeer.

On November 6, the Seminar will move to the Hotel Comfort Suites, Campinas, Brazil where delegates will hear about the potential of HPP technology to help food processors develop clean label products with an extended shelf life. Speakers will include Willie Brand, CEO of HPPSA, the biggest HPP tolling center in South Africa. 

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JBT technologies ready for CibusTec innovation showcase


From solutions for ready meal production to fresh-cut salads, JBT will be showcasing its full range of food and beverage innovations at the upcoming CibusTec 2019, the food technology exhibition taking place in Parma, Italy from October 22-25. In particular, CibusTec will provide JBT with an opportunity to highlight some of the newest additions to the JBT family, including powder filling specialist PLF International, fresh-cut innovator FTNON and tray sealing solutions provider Proseal.

One of the key areas covered will be prepared foods and the related sauces and dressings segment. JBT has become a well-known name in the industry, providing process kitchen solutions that range in size from individual tanks/processors to high value design-builds. Similarly, JBT SF&DS offers a comprehensive range of processing and packaging solutions to extend shelf life of ambient, shelf stable and refrigerated dairy products and food.


JBT is also a leading global solutions provider for the juice and beverage industry. From primary processing to final retail packaging, JBT’s complete line solutions for juices, non-carbonated beverages and dairy-based drinks will be another major focus for CibusTec.

However, it will not just be established solutions on show, as some of JBT’s recently-integrated companies will also share the limelight. Among them, JBT Proseal will showcase its advanced tray sealing solutions that satisfy the needs of a wide variety of products and applications including the increased focus on sustainable packaging, while JBT FTNON will highlight its range of state-of-the-art technology, including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems, for the fresh-cut salad and prepared vegetable industries.

Fresh green salad with spinach,arugula,romane and lettuce

Also featured will be JBT PLF International, the worldwide market leader in the design and manufacture of vacuum filling machines for any powder or granular product into a rigid container, which are built to facilitate the stringent demands of food and beverage processors.

JBT will be appearing at CibusTec 2019 in Pavilion 5, Stands 036 and 042 at the Fiere di Parma exhibition center, Parma, Italy from October 22-25.

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JBT presentará en Fruit Attraction 2019 su portafolio completo de soluciones


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JBT sacará jugo de su presencia en la feria comercial Fruit Attraction 2019, que se llevará a cabo en Madrid, España, del 22 al 24 de octubre, y dará a conocer sus más recientes innovaciones para el sector de productos agroalimentarios, las cuales son parte de un portafolio global de soluciones cuyo objetivo es apoyar a toda la cadena de suministro. En esta edición también se presentarán las compañías de recién incorporación a JBT: FTNON y Proseal, las que a su vez harán un despliegue de las novedades en maquinaria para corte en fresco y empaquetado de frutas y verduras.

Entre las soluciones que se exhibirán en el stand de JBT se encuentra el nuevo Quick Dry Poly Supreme, perteneciente a la familia de recubrimientos convencionales y orgánicos de Endura-Fresh. Quick Dry Poly Supreme es una cera de secado rápido que tiene la capacidad de conservar la frescura y el sabor de las frutas y que es el resultado de avanzadas investigaciones en recubrimientos, además de que incorpora tecnología de vanguardia.

La familia de recubrimientos de Endura Fresh y la gama Freshgard® para el control de descomposición pueden ayudar a mejorar la apariencia y durabilidad de los productos frescos, así como a protegerlos de la pérdida de peso. Estas soluciones no solo son efectivas, también se ven beneficiadas por una amplia red de apoyo mundial sin paralelo.


Tomando impulso
John Siddle, Director de Línea de Productos Globales para Tecnologías de Productos Agroalimentarios de JBT, expresó que durante la expo Fruit Attraction, los esfuerzos de la compañía se enfocarán en dar a conocer que JBT ahora puede ofrecer soluciones para prácticamente todo el sector de productos agrícolas frescos, una propuesta que se ha ido consolidando recientemente con la integración del especialista en máquinas de corte en fresco, FTNON, y el innovador en empaquetado, Proseal. De hecho, Fruit Attraction 2019 marcará la primera vez que Proseal se presente como parte integral de JBT. 

Siddle añadió: «Luego del éxito cosechado en Oriente Medio y África del Norte, JBT tiene como objetivo el darle impulso a su portafolio en los mercados de España y Europa, enfocándose particularmente en los sistemas de recubrimiento de frutas y de postcosecha, así como en la capacidad que tienen las soluciones para el sellado de charolas de FTNON y Proseal para hacer de un producto básico, un producto con valor agregado».

Laser Food_fruits

Laser Food, la empresa española que esta logrando éxito en toda Europa con su tecnología Natural Branding®, también estará presente en el stand de JBT. El director general de Laser Food, Jaime Sanfelix, señaló: “Las grandes cadenas de distribución europea exigen a sus proveedores métodos más respetuosos con el medio ambiente y sobre todo que aporten soluciones en la eliminación del plástico, por lo tanto que mejor envase puede existir que la propia piel de la fruta.

“Hoy, después de tantos años de la creación de la tecnología por Laser Food, se pueden adquirir en la mayoría de los supermercados de la EU y en otras partes del mundo.  La solución es ofrecida por JBT FoodTech como distribuidor exclusivo a nivel mundial.”

La presencia de JBT en Fruit Attraction 2019 se da justo después de la celebración del 90 aniversario de su línea de Tecnologías para Productos Agroalimentarios (FPT, por sus siglas en inglés), un logro trascendental que sirve para destacar el progreso que JBT ha tenido en el sector agroalimentario a lo largo de estos años. «Estamos entusiasmados por haber cumplido 90 años en este negocio, esto habla de la calidad de nuestros productos y la longevidad de nuestra organización», agregó Siddle. «Nuestra experiencia técnica nos ha permitido adaptarnos a las cambiantes necesidades del sector de productos agroalimentarios».

JBT estará presente en la expo Fruit Attraction 2019 en el pabellón 6, Stand 6D08, del centro de convenciones de la Feria de Madrid, del 22 al 24 de octubre, en Madrid, España.

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