Making profitable use of citrus waste, including partially processing peel to extract valuable oils, will be the focus of a JBT presentation at an IFU Technical Workshop to be held this week in Spain, with the focus on getting the most out of what has traditionally been thought of as a by-product.
As part of a programme of speakers taking part in the event, which takes place at Valencia’s Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace on March 28, JBT global technical manager for citrus processing, José Biot, will be delivering a talk examining how to achieve ‘Added Value for Citrus Waste Disposal’.
“Citrus waste disposal is usually a problem for citrus juice plants, especially when there is no feed mill linked to them or if there is energy prices are too high or the capacity or the plant does not justify the feed mill investment,” he says.
“There can be profitable ways to get an added value from citrus peel disposal by partially processing the peel. This would result in making greater feed cattle feed value and then using specific equipment to recover the by-product d-Limonene contained in the peel.”
JBT’s T.A.S.T.E. Evaporator and READYGo™ d-LIMONENE extractor are just two of the systems that can be used by processors to make profitable use of their citrus waste, explains Biot, who says essential oils and other products can be extracted from peel and other by-products.
The READYGo™ d-Limonene system in particular enables companies to recover valuable d-Limonene oil – which has a variety of uses from cleaning to cosmetics to flavouring – without having to make a significant investment.