JBT Corporation’s ability to provide effective technological systems and solutions for an entire processing plant will be a key focus for the company’s Liquid Foods business at the upcoming Pack Expo International 2016, which will be held in Chicago’s McCormick Center from November 6-9.
As part of a One JBT presence – which will include representatives from across the entire JBT FoodTech group at the JBT booth in N5350 – visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the complete solutions – from equipment to installation – now available for processing companies.
With the integration of Stork Food & Dairy Systems and A&B Process Systems this year, JBT has expanded both horizontally and vertically, and is now able to offer much more to the liquid and canned food sector, explains JBT’s US Sales and Service Manager for Liquid Foods, Donn Sabato.
Fresh synergies With major players from across the processing and packaging industry expected to attend the show, JBT will tell visitors about the important developments that have taken place within the company over the last 12 months, as well as handing out fresh juice from the Fresh’n Squeeze® Multi Fruit Juicer.
“We’re going to be telling people about the synergies that have been created by the purchase of A&B and Stork Food & Dairy, which is going very well,” says Sabato.
“We have a real nice story to tell in not only being able to supply the equipment, but being able to project-manage it, and install it with our A&B group.”
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Donn Sabato US Sales and Service Manager, Juice Processing Technologies
During the exhibition, which takes place in the Fiere di Parma from October 25-28, JBT is inviting existing customers and interested food and beverage processors to Booth I-036, Pavilion 5 to attend seminars that will both highlight recent additions to the JBT product catalogue and introduce new partner companies, IceGen and Aurratech.
Stefano Berciga, JBT Application Engineering Manager for Food and Beverage Solutions, explained that specialists from across JBT will be sharing details of topics including new developments in rotary fillers and sealers, and showcasing JBT Stork Food & Dairy Systems’ new generation of aseptic fillers for bottles and pouches.
He said: “Cibus Tec is one of the most important and longest-established food processing exhibitions in Europe, which is expected to attract 35,000 visitors, principally from Europe, Middle East and Africa, although companies from North and Latin America, and the Far East, will also be present.
“Parma is called the Italian Food Valley because several important Italian food processors are located here, including a number of leading dairy companies.”
Berciga added that although current JBT customers will be attending, the seminars will be open to all processors interested in how JBT solutions could have a positive impact on their businesses.
JBT Corporation’s acquisition of Wisconsin-based A&B Process Systems in October 2015 will surely come to be viewed as a major step forward for both companies. The integration of the business has not only helped JBT offer a more complete, one-stop product solution, it has also enabled A&B to expand globally.
Troy Weik, A&B’s Director of Operations, who began his career as a process engineer, and advanced through the organization into his current position, explains how the changes undergone by the company are revolutionizing the way A&B works.
In what ways has A&B changed since it became part of JBT?
Troy Weik: The biggest change has been the ability to take A&B globally, which was a long-time goal of ours. A&B had been primarily a domestic supplier, especially in engineering, installation and automation services, with some manufactured goods being shipped overseas by US customers including Nestlé and General Mills.
A&B’s Troy Weik
The acquisition has brought the ability to grow and expand our offerings. Over the last year, we’ve been getting connected with the different JBT facilities around the world for us to understand their capabilities and, they, our capabilities. In the past, A&B has been limited up to the point of further processing, packaging and filling. We didn’t have the expertise, but now combined with JBT’s product offerings, we are able to bring a total solution to our customers.
What synergies is A&B benefitting from with other JBT businesses?
We’ve gained good traction in that area. We have several opportunities right now where we have batch retorts that we want to combine with our product line, as well as the packaging and filling applications, so we can propose it as a complete solution to customers.
A&B has engineering expertise on anything that’s pumpable, whether that be in food, dairy, confectionery or pharmaceuticals, we have experience in those areas. Clean In Place (CIP) is also an area where we’re very strong that we’re trying to integrate with other JBT products.
“Combined with JBT’s product offerings, we are able to bring a total solution to our customers”
Whereas in the past, JBT sold specific products like fillers and retorts, getting the processed ingredients to those points and cleaning the systems was beyond the scope of supply. These are areas of expertise for A&B so now we can provide CIP equipment, engineering and design, and automation systems to integrate the facilities in order to provide a one-stop shopping experience to our customers.
What further opportunities do you see for A&B in liquid foods?
We’re looking at different opportunities within the tomato market, which is a strong area for JBT. Additionally, we’re looking to pursue opportunities in aseptic processing, another strong JBT product line – they have the sterilization expertise and we have the vessels, process piping, mixing and blending systems, which are utilized to provide a complete process solution.
“Over the next 12 months, we expect to see more of an expanded global integration for A&B”
We’re also exploring more in terms of juicing systems, which is where our association with JBT began. The reason JBT found A&B is we worked on a sweet potato juice processing facility with them – the first one either of us had ever done. That’s a new market and there are more ready-to-drink opportunities they are pursuing that we can assist with.
Looking ahead, how might A&B’s role within JBT develop further?
We’re in central Wisconsin, which is the hub of dairy processing, and we’ve been working in that market for several years. Similar to JBT, we are also well established in the food, beverage, and meat industries. We are looking forward to introducing JBT to the pharmaceutical industry by continuing to be a key partner for our customers – providing our modular skidded systems and vessels, as well as installation capabilities, to the marketplace.
Over the next 12 months, we expect to see more of an expanded global integration for A&B with JBT facilities worldwide, taking more of our product lines to global markets and expanding our installation capabilities beyond US borders. That’s a major priority for us, as well as insourcing more JBT products from a manufacturing standpoint.
Arla Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of organic dairy products, has invested in four JBT automated vehicles for its cheese factory in Taulov (Denmark) – vehicles that have a proven record of reducing pallet and product damage.
An international dairy company owned by 12,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, Arla markets a wide range of high quality dairy products, including well-known brands Lurpak® and Castello®.
The company focuses on eight dairy categories: milk and powder, milk-based beverages, spreadable cheese, yogurt, butter and spreads, speciality cheese, Mozzarella and value-added whey.
Arla’s fully-automated JBT vehicles will transport full and empty trays between two levels of gravity racking, two production cells, and a storage area within the plant. SGV Manager software controls the SGVs and communicates with the Arla host system.
To start the process, the Arla host computer issues a movement request to the SGV Manager, which dispatches a SGV to perform the task. The vehicle travels to the designated pick-up location, performs the pick, and delivers it to the drop-off position. On completion, the SGV reports back to the SGV Manager, which then updates Arla’s host system.
The SGV System supports two robotic filling lines within the facility, bringing empty trays to the conveyor in-feed, and once filled with blocks of cheese delivers them to high bay storage.
The SGVs, which automatically exchange batteries during operation, are equipped with a standard fork attachment that allows them to transport pallets of full and empty trays. They can lift 2m high and can interface with conveyors and racking.
The collaboration, which will investigate how new technologies can benefit food and beverage processors, will be highlighted on October 27, with a public demonstration of JBT’s Fresh’n Squeeze® Produce Plus Juicer at Cornell’s Field Day Forum event in New York State.
Fresh insights JBT’s Samriddh (Sam) Mudgal, who himself participated in the program having graduated from Cornell with an MS in Food Science, explains that the collaboration is all about developing and sharing our understanding of economic, regulatory, and scientific contexts spanning across the food supply chain.
“Cornell has created a platform where they invite people from industry to discuss upcoming trends, what people want, what are the challenges and which way should the food systems community be headed,” he says.
“At JBT, we are always looking for new areas of technological research and we need that insight from people who have been investigating these technologies for decades. We want to understand how we should be looking at these technologies and where we should be investing.”
Mudgal emphasizes that the program is very much a win-win relationship for both parties, with JBT benefitting from access to Cornell resources and results, while at the same time the Institute is benefitting from JBT’s industry insight and equipment manufacturing expertise.
“The purpose of the program is to create synergies where we can work together,” explains Mudgal. “Extractors, emerging non-thermal pasteurization technologies, aseptic fillers, closers, sterilizers – these are all areas where JBT has expertise and Cornell will be benefiting from us sharing our knowledge base.
“JBT will benefit from cross disciplinary research consulting, access to Cornell’s pilot plant facilities, engagement with a vibrant student community, personnel training and interaction with CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) member companies.”
Beneficial synergies Following a seminar given by Cornell’s Prof Carmen Moraru on non-thermal pasteurization technologies at JBT’s global science & technology conference in September, the Institute will showcase JBT’s Fresh’n SqueezeProduce Plus Juicer at its next Field Day Forum in Geneva, New York.
As Julie Stafford from Cornell explains, highlighting the Juicer is just part of a renewed collaboration between JBT and the University, which is expected to be further expanded over the months to come.
“We are expanding our technology use in food science and moving to some more contemporary types of processing, so we were interested in reinvigorating our relationship with JBT,” she says.
“At the same time, we understand that JBT is interested in exploring other opportunities for their portfolio, whether that’s dairy or other fruits and vegetables, so it seemed like an opportune time to consider growing closer together.”
During the summer months, the Cornell researchers visited JBT’s Lakeland, Florida facility, which Stafford describes as a fantastic experience to meet more of the JBT team and learn about the exciting developments that are happening in R&D at the company.
“We talked in terms of sharing our goals and what we wanted to accomplish and, as we talked, we became interested in the Produce Plus Juicer and we thought what a great place to start,” Stafford recalls.
“I’m a firm believer that we are able to make more progress together than either one of us would alone,” she adds.
“Synergy comes from working together and there’s a benefit to having more than one perspective. If you have the discovery-based academic perspective and the commercial-based applied perspective of industry, there is a lot of potential for impact and for change and progress.”
JBT’s client coverage in the liquid and shelf-stable food sectors can at times read like a who’s who of major processors encompassing a wide range of products, from pureed baby food and powdered milk for infants through to jams, fresh juices, ketchup, soups, milk drinks and pet food.
Far removed from the company’s origins in Florida’s citrus sector, JBT’s reach now stretches across the vegetable, fruit and dairy processing industries, offering technological solutions from primary processing through to final packaging.
Acting as a single source supplier, the company offers custom engineering and ensures product quality and safety, while also excelling in customer care, delivering ongoing support to clients covering the working life of technologies.