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JBT technology center helps processors stay one step ahead


To effectively address changing consumer needs, trends in packaging and market opportunities, product lines require thoughtful process development and process validation to deliver safe and high-quality outputs.

This is where JBT’s Process Technology Center comes in, explains JBT’s European Marcom Coordinator Patrick Schoenaers. The Belgium-based facility works behind the scenes to improve the processing of food and beverages, enabling brands to stay ahead of their competitors.

The Belgium site is just one of JBT’s Food Technology Centers, which can be found worldwide from Spain and Sweden to the US, Mexico, Brazil and China.








With consumers leading increasingly time-constrained lifestyles, the demand for more convenient, easy-to-prepare meal solutions has become ever greater.

At the same time, shoppers are also seeking healthier products that deliver natural, flavorful meals, and are moving away from foods that use chemical preservatives, have high levels of salt or are heavily processed.

Schoenaers says food processors have to balance such demands with pressure from retailers for increased product shelf-life and more convenient container types, meaning the product mix has to be adaptable on many different levels to satisfy both consumers and retailers.








These adaptations not only include product formulation and labeling, but also parameters for packaging and processing.

Package appearance – from pouches and cans to glass bottles and jars – and food sensory characteristics play a major part in the search to make fast-moving consumer goods more attractive to shoppers and retailers alike.

Ultimately, however, it is the processing line that needs to deliver high quality output and ensure consistent safety controls are in place, meaning that process development and validation is key, according to Schoenaers.








Process validation

Validation of the thermal process is vital to ensure product safety and quality for the duration of its intended shelf-life.

Schoenaers says JBT’s Process Technology Center provides process authority assistance through support, review, testing and documentation, while also ensuring companies comply with thermal processing regulations.

The center, which is recognized as a process authority by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the European Food Safety Agency, carries out temperature distribution, and heat penetration and transfer distribution studies to check products are being fully sterilized.

Thermal Process Development

JBTlabSG3JBT’s Process Technology Center, explains Schoenaers, is able to harness years of experience and know-how in virtually all process-related areas to help companies develop the best possible process for their particular combination of products and equipment.

Using the client’s own facilities or one of JBT’s pilot plants, Process Technology Center scientists, he says, can simulate any type of sterilizer to help develop a new sterilization process – needed when a new product formulation or altered packaging is introduced.

JBT experts, Schoenaers adds, can also help optimize existing processes to improve the balance between product quality and safety, and energy consumption. The Process Technology Center can further assist with optimization of filling and sealing for cans and jars.

Download JBT’s Process Technology Center White Paper

Learn more about JBT’s Food Technology Centers and Laboratories

Hydromatic – the low energy sterilizer that adds value

The reputation of a brand is as important as the quality of the products. But maintaining a brand’s reputation through a high level of quality, while keeping costs low and improving efficiencies is nothing if not a challenge. That is without mentioning evolving consumer needs, packaging trends and new market opportunities.

Stork‘s Hydromatic, which is now available from JBT, has the advantage of being able to be adjusted for specific products, production facilities and market requirements, while at the same time boasting high reliability and efficiency, and very low energy consumption.

Typically, production of ‘everyday’ goods manufactured in large quantities must be done at the highest possible level of efficiency and at the lowest cost. These requirements fit perfectly with the main characteristics of the Hydromatic.

The system is also well suited to high value-added products that vary greatly in recipes, processes and packaging, and deliver relatively small production batches by being flexible in terms of change-over capabilities, packaging type and size, and product volumes.

To learn more about the Hydromatic: click here

JBT Sterilizer technology in action

Since 1921, more than 7,500 JBT Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizers have been placed into production and are now responsible for processing over half the world’s canned foods.

Technological advances throughout the history of the system mean that JBT has consistently been able to offer the highest product quality at the lowest cost per unit produced.

Today’s rotary pressure sterilizer technology allows processors to handle both traditional and modern, lightweight, easy open-end cans. As JBT’s Mike O’Hara explained in a recent Blog Post, there simply is no better way to sterilize high volumes of convection type foods in cylindrical metal containers.

Read more about the Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer


JBT focus on sustainability during LatAm tour

Citrus pic

JBT Corporation, the global supplier of innovative systems for food and drink processors, will be speaking at events for juice companies in five Latin American countries to highlight sustainable solutions that can increase profitability and reduce wastage.

The company is taking part in this month’s International Fruit & Vegetable Juice Association (IFU) Latin America Tour, which has been organized in conjunction with German juice safety certifier SGF International and takes place in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico from March 7-17.

IFU logo

JBT, which is also sponsoring the tour, will be speaking at each event to draw attention to products and innovations developed by the company that can help juice processors become more sustainable and recover by-products and ingredients that would otherwise be lost.

Januário Soligon, JBT’s regional sales and marketing manager for South America, explains that the talks, which will focus largely on citrus juice processing, will be headed by representatives from each country and will feature product developments and information connected to sustainability.

The READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system

The READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system

“We will be talking about sustainability and the ways in which equipment that JBT has developed can add value for fruit juice processors,” he says.

“For example, we have a system called READYGo™ d-LIMONENE, which recovers d-limonene – an extract from citrus peel – from wastewater after it has been used for processing.”

d-Limonene, which has a range of uses from ingredient for cosmetic products to component for cleaning liquids, can deliver additional potential earnings for citrus companies that would otherwise go down the drain.

For more information about READYGo™ d-LIMONENE, click here

To learn more about the IFU-SGF LATAM Tour, click here

JBT showcases total system solution at Tomato Congress


JBT Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of solutions for the global food and drink industries, will be showcasing its complete system solutions for tomato processors at the upcoming World Processing Tomato Congress, as part of a push to expand its business in Chile.

As an event sponsor and exhibitor, JBT will be present at the congress, which takes place in Santiago, Chile from March 6-9, to highlight its innovative technologies for tomato and fruit companies that cover everything from initial treatment to filling and sealing.

Januário Soligon, JBT’s sales and marketing manager for South America, says JBT’s participation in the event forms part of its strategy to expand the company’s presence in Chile, which it views as an important market for future growth.

With JBT making good progress supplying machinery and solutions for turnkey projects for tomato processors in nearby Brazil, Soligon says the World Processing Tomato Congress is a significant opportunity for the company to showcase its systems in Chile.


“Chile is very strong in tomato processing, so it is very important for us to take part in the congress,” he says. “We will be highlighting the whole tomato line because JBT has the ability to supply a fully equipped plant from initial treatment and washing of the tomatoes on arrival through to processing, evaporation and aseptic filling – we provide a complete tomato processing solution.”

Already well-known for its high quality, innovative technological solutions and after-care, Soligon says JBT was aiming to expand its business in Chile, not just in tomatoes, but across the broader fruit processing sector. “We are working hard to expand our business in Chile – we now have dedicated professionals here who are working to deliver several ongoing projects with customers,” he adds.

For information on JBT’s tomato processing solutions, click here

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