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JBT Liquid Foods exhibits at California’s largest food processing trade show

JBT will be showcasing its full Liquid Foods range, including new additions, to food and beverage processors large and small at California’s biggest trade event for the industry, the super-regional California League of Food Processors Expo 2018, held at the Sacramento Convention Center from February 21-22. 

As the largest show of its kind in the US’ most populous state, the event offers JBT the opportunity to catch up with existing customers and build relationships with potential new ones, while at the same time highlighting recent innovations from JBT Liquid Foods.

The expo also offers a useful forum for expanding knowledge about issues affecting food processing in the form of multiple workshops held over two days on the trade show floor.

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The California League of Food Producers (CLFP) has been the voice and the advocate for California’s food producing industry since 1905, representing the interests of both large and small food processors and beverage producers throughout the state. Each year, the CLFP holds its annual Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, CA, which attracts many food processing industry leaders, among more than 270 exhibitors and 2500 attendees.

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JBT’s North America Director of Sales, Donn Sabato, said JBT’s presence at the event was expected to help reinforce current client relationships and bring on board new customers.

“As JBT, we serve the majority of the industry leaders expected to be present whom we would be delighted to receive at our booth,” he said.

“The show will enable us to further build relationships with the food processing leaders and begin establishing a relationship with potential new customers, while also promoting the JBT Liquid Foods range, including innovations such as the JBT SP-20 EV Extended Vacuum Kit.”

JBT will be exhibiting at the California League of Food Processors Expo 2018 in Booth #526 from February 21-22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

READYGo d-LIMONENE helps Spanish juice company add value

Zumosol is one of the best known orange juice brands on the Spanish market, easily recognizable to shoppers in supermarkets and grocery stores up and down the country for its quality. But a far less well known – but significant – fact about Zumosol brand owner Zumos Palma is it has emerged as an innovator in the extraction of valuable citrus byproduct d-Limonene, thanks to a long-standing collaboration with JBT.

Part of Turkey-based multinational Toksöz Group since its separation from former parent company Leche Pascual in 2013, Zumos Palma is based in Palma del Río in the southern, Andalusian province of Cordoba. Some 90% of the business is focused on orange juice, of which around 40% juice extracted from the annual 120,000 tonnes processed by the factory is sold under the Zumosol brand.

As managing director Juan Martinez explains, Zumos Palma has maintained a long-term, fruitful relationship with JBT since the Spanish business was initially established in 2003.

“We have had a long relationship with JBT, stretching right back to the establishment of Zumos Palma,” he says. “In our factory, the whole process of juice extraction and gathering of by-products takes place using JBT products.

“Virtually all of the equipment we use comes from JBT, from the receipt of fruit to the extraction of juice, and the recovery of by-products such as d-Limonene and fruit pulp takes place using JBT technology.”

Adding value
When Martinez joined Zumos Palma in 2013, he had already become aware of the interest d-Limonene was receiving as a product in the juice sector and its potential worth, and decided to install the firm’s first READYGo d-LIMONENE system. “Since we installed it, the unit has functioned very well – it’s easy to use and the results have been very positive to such a degree that in 2017 we decided to install a second unit,” he recalls.

“We also carried out a study into the economic results delivered by the technology, and from a financial point of view they have been very positive.”

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The second machine, Martinez continues, is being installed with a slightly different focus in mind. Whereas the first READYGo d-LIMONENE unit was used to recover d-Limonene from the emulsion derived from the orange juice extraction process, the second will be used to recover d-Limonene by pressing orange peel.

The recovered d-Limonene, says Martinez, is sold primarily to companies working in the perfume industry, as well as for use as aromas.

“The READYGo d-LIMONENE enables us to put a value on a product that until now was not recovered, meaning your results as a business can become more attractive because it is an additional value that you are able to extract from the fruit,” he concludes.

JBT inaugura en México el curso Better Process Control School con la aprobación de la FDA

JBT anunció el inicio del curso Better Process Control School, el cual se ofrece por primera vez en América Latina y cuyo objetivo es permitir que los técnicos de calidad, I&D y personal de planta cuenten con esta importante certificación, aprobada por la FDA, necesaria para la exportación de alimentos y bebidas procesados al mercado estadounidense.

El curso brinda capacitación esencial para todos aquellos que deseen exportar alimentos procesados de baja acidez a EUA. Con sede en México, este curso será el primero en su tipo que se abra en América Latina y permitirá que compañías desde México hasta Colombia obtengan esta trascendental certificación para sus empleados.

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“Es necesario que las compañías latinoamericanas cuenten con esta certificación si es que quieren exportar al mercado estadounidense”, precisó el Gerente Técnico Regional de JBT Liquid Foods, Narsi R. Ponagandla.

El curso brinda capacitación esencial para empresas que deseen exportar alimentos procesados de baja acidez a EUA

“Al traer este fundamental curso a México, JBT lo ofrece por vez primera en la región México, Caribe y Centroamérica, y trae a expertos en preservación de alimentos y enlatados desde nuestra planta de JBT en Madera, California”.

“La certificación abre las puertas del mercado estadounidense a los clientes de México y países aledaños”.

El curso brinda la capacitación requerida por la USDA y FDA, para los operadores de planta, técnicos y personal de I&D que intervienen en el control del procesamiento térmico, acidificación, y evaluación de cierre de envases. El curso será impartido en español por instructores que son expertos en el ramo.

Con cupo limitado, el curso se lleva a cabo una vez al año, a lo largo de cinco días, en las instalaciones de JBT de San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, y este año será del 12 al 16 de marzo.

Para apartar su lugar, contacte a Daniela Márquez de JBT a su correo daniela.marquez@jbtc.com

JBT inaugurates FDA-approved Better Process Control School in Mexico

JBT has announced the launch of its first Better Process Control School for Latin America, developed to enable quality, R&D and plant technicians to obtain vital FDA-approved certification for exporting processed food and beverages to the US market.

Providing essential training for any processor wishing to export low-acid foods to the US, the Mexico-based school is the first of its kind to be inaugurated in Latin America and will help companies from Mexico to Colombia to gain all-important certification for their employees.

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“Latin American companies need to have this certification if they want to export to the US market,” explains Liquid Foods’ Regional Technical Manager, Narsi R. Ponagandla.

The course is essential for Lat Am processors wishing to export to the US

“For the first time in the Mexico, Caribbean and Central America region, JBT is offering this essential course in Mexico, and will be bringing along experts in canning and preservation products from our Madera, California facility,” he says.

“This certification will open doors in the US market for customers in Mexico and nearby countries.”

Taught in Spanish, the course will provide USDA and FDA-required training for plant operators, technicians and R&D personnel in thermal process control, acidification and container closure evaluation delivered by experts in their field.

Held once a year, registration is still open for the limited-space five-day course takes place at JBT’s facility in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla from 12-16 March.

To reserve a place, contact JBT’s Daniela Marquez at daniela.marquez@jbtc.com

How JBT R&D is revolutionizing Retort and Rotary

Proving customers with greater flexibility in continuous sterilization is an ongoing challenge for Rick Wilson, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Retort & Rotary, when it comes to developing new systems and solutions that meet customer needs. Wilson, who oversees research and development in the segment, says the primary focus has been on systems that not only achieve faster sterilization, but which also improve product quality and throughput.

As well as being responsible for technical sales support, Wilson and his team are focused on both developing new products and improving existing systems in JBT’s rotary and retort product portfolio.

On the rotary side, key products are the Rotary Pressure Sterilizer – which is primarily for round metal cans that require pressurised sterilisation – and the Rotary Atmospheric Sterilizer for sterilizing high acid products, such as peppers in brine or tomatoes in sauce.

JBT’s Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer

Retort meanwhile has two main product areas – those which use a static process for products that do not benefit from agitation such as tuna in a pouch, and those which do, such as dairy.

In the second category, JBT has a system – unique in the market – called the SuperAgi Agitating Batch Retort, a patented product, which makes use of spray nozzles mounted inside the reel; a feature that offers superior temperature distribution compared to other agitating  retorts.

The SuperAgi Agitating Batch Retort: proven JBT designs allow for easy maintenance

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JBT’s strategy
Wilson says JBT’s strategy is to develop systems that improve the quality of the product being sterilized, while at the same time increasing throughput.

“There are primarily two ways to do that,” he explains. “You either heat the product quicker (to sterilization temperature) and/or you cool the product quicker. All of what we are looking to develop are ways of compressing that cycle. By doing that, generally food quality is increased and throughput is increased because you can process more in a given day.”

JBT currently has several products in development that it is hoped will help achieve these aims by  both increasing capacity and shortening the overall process. These, Wilson reveals, involve either optimizing the agitation process or combining different, complementary technologies. “The challenge is being able to heat the product up very quickly, so we are looking at technologies that allow us to do that,” he says. “These products are on our horizon for 2018.”

JBT’s other focus, Wilson continues, is examining the possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) for delivering a more complete picture of the operation and through analytics improve the overall efficiency of the canning line. “Customers are looking for flexibility in continuous sterilisation and that’s what we are trying to achieve,” he adds.

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Pressed Juicery and JBT: a fresh success story

California-based Pressed Juicery is a business that has had a long association with JBT’s juicing range. Beginning first with two Fresh’n Squeeze machines at a modest facility in West Los Angeles, the company has experienced exponential growth in every year since its inception, and in the process has substantially expanded it’s juicing systems. In an exclusive article, Mike Stokes, Vice President of Operations at Pressed Juicery explains how Pressed Juicery’s relationship with JBT has been a key factor in its growth and success, and why the companies continue to work closely to the present day.

Pressed Juicery is a leading cold-pressed juice company with the mission of making high nutrition a realistic option for everyone. To do this, we make products that are delicious, nutritious, accessible, affordable and for everyone. Pressed Juicery started as a passion project born in a 22-square foot broom closet in West Los Angeles that was founded by three friends whose lives had all been positively impacted by the power of juice. Today, the brand has over 70 locations through California, New York, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii and Massachusetts, and offers national shipping to all 50 states.

Pressed Juicery’s products include cold-pressed juices; Freeze, a revolutionary soft serve made from just fruits, nuts and vegetables; functional 2 oz. shots; and Heat, a line of superfood lattes. The company’s products were created with their customers in mind, proving that health, great taste and affordability can all exist together.

Right partnership
Pressed Juicery’s relationship with JBT first began in the early days of the business. The company was growing rapidly and we needed to relocate into a larger manufacturing plant.

We were looking for a scalable process but it was also paramount to us to maintain our quality. It was imperative that we provide our customers with great-tasting, safe citrus juices.

This then triggered the manufacturing team to evaluate its current processes. We realized we needed a better method of juicing our citrus. In the current process we were peeling our citrus and then pressing them on a good nature press. The manufacturing team knew we wanted to go to a juice extractor but didn’t have enough volume.

Some of the manufacturing team members had previous experience with JBT and were confident this would be the right partnership to deliver the best product. We determined the Fresh’n Squeeze model would fit our needs.

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Ongoing support
When Pressed Juicery relocated its manufacturing plant to Central California we started with two Fresh’n Squeeze machines. We juiced our lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, and blood oranges. This was a major upgrade from hand peeling every piece of citrus.

Pressed Juicery has experienced exponential growth since inception. As our business continued to expand and enter different markets we realized we needed to upgrade our Fresh’n Squeeze machines to a citrus extractor. We could no longer keep juicing on the small Fresh’n Squeeze machine to keep up with demand.

JBT has provided a level of expertise on the citrus side that has benefited the entire team. They have been able to support us throughout our journey and have provided guidance in ensuring our extraction equipment provides the best quality product. Their maintenance team has ensured our machine is running efficiently at all times. JBT touches many areas of our operations and it’s nice to have a single source for business discussions around our citrus processes.

We believe we have just scratched the surface with JBT. They are an innovative company that is paving the way in new processes, and our partnership will lead us to different projects around juicing. I believe as we continue to grow and expand JBT will be there as a resource to help us determine the best equipment for our operations.

Further information about Pressed Juicery, its range of products and ordering details can be found at pressedjuicery.com

Puree systems to take center stage at Northwest Food & Beverage Expo

Fruit – and increasingly vegetable – purees are an important product for produce processors in the US Pacific Northwest, used as a key ingredient in the manufacture of many major beverages and juices. JBT, which will be exhibiting at this week’s 2018 Northwest Food & Beverage World Expo, is a leading player in the puree segment, offering high quality, cost-effective solutions for processing, such as the READYGo PUREE system

According to Donn Sabato, JBT’s North America Director of Sales, JBT’s puree systems and other complementary lines will be a main focus for the company at the Portland, Oregon-based event, which takes place at the Oregon Convention Center from January 8-10.

“There is an amazing amount of fruit in the Northwest – cherries, apples, strawberries, raspberries – and this is a show for processors of fruits and vegetables, apart from citrus,” he explains.

JBT’s booth at Process Expo

For its part, JBT Liquid Foods, which will be appearing at the event in conjunction with JBT’s freezing and cooking business unit, works with the Pacific Northwest’s three principal food processors, with systems for purees being one of the key lines. “We’re focusing in on purees that can be used as an ingredient in other products and juices, including by some of the biggest beverage manufacturers, such as blueberry, raspberry and even cucumber purees,” says Sabato.

JBT systems set to be highlighted at the show include the FTE50, a liquids-solids separator for higher viscosity products, such as puree, and the READYGo PUREE, a skid-mounted complete puree system that can process everything from tropicals and berries to stone fruit, but which requires only minimal installation support. Other complementary products, such as JBT’s aseptic fillers will also be showcased at the event.

With Portland hit by one of the worst snowstorms in its history during the 2017 Northwest Food & Beverage World Expo, Sabato adds that JBT representatives and other attendees are keeping their fingers crossed for better weather this time around.

JBT will be exhibiting at Booth 1765 at 2018 Northwest Food & Beverage World from January 8-10 at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center.

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