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JBT showcases solutions for Baby Food in new White Paper

Baby food is a fast-growing, rapidly developing category where product quality and safety are crucially important, meaning that processors need to have the best possible packaging and sterilization solutions to meet market expectations. This is precisely what JBT is able to deliver through its filling and sterilization technology for glass jars; innovative systems that are showcased in JBT’s newly released White Paper for the baby food business.

Worth over US$53 billion in 2015 and expected to top more than US$76 billion by 2021, baby food is a rapidly developing category worldwide for infants (4-12 months) and toddlers (12-36 months). With many new mothers returning to work shortly after giving birth, prepared baby foods provide a nutritious, convenient substitute, with packaged foods such as baby rice, fruit or vegetable purees delivering quick and easy alternatives to home-cooked meals.

Safe solutions
JBT’s latest White Paper focuses on filling and sterilization technologies for baby food packed in glass jars, examining how JBT supports processors to market high quality, safe baby food products while at the same time producing at the lowest cost per glass jar. Not only the most transparent way to showcase contents, glass jars are also associated by consumers with high quality baby food products – adding an extra touch of class to purees and other foods.

JBT’s Unifiller is a product that is ideally suited to the baby food market’s needs. Every baby food product has its own requirements when it comes to filling, whether it be a liquid, smooth or viscous recipe containing sensitive particles. With a design and parts that are customized according to processors’ needs, the Unifiller is capable of ensuring accurate filling for whatever the baby food might be, making it the perfect solution for this high-value category.

Learn more about JBT’s Unifiller in the latest White Paper

Consistent quality
Food safety and product quality are essential factors in the baby food industry and the need to achieve this without compromising nutritional and sensory characteristics are of huge importance.

Ensuring food safety while at the same time minimizing any impact on product quality is a challenge for effective in-container thermal sterilization, but it is one that JBT has perfected in the Hydromatic® high-capacity hydrostatic sterilizer and in batch retort units. Through limited-time, high temperature cooking and rapid, efficient cooling, these systems ensure products receive exactly the same thermal process for consistent quality, while at the same time preventing under or over-processing. The reduced processing time also helps preserve the product’s natural flavor, nutrients and appearance.

The JBT Hydromatic® sterilizer and JBT batch retorts are flexible sterilization systems that can be easily adjusted to suit different recipes and packaging sizes, meaning they can comfortably handle a whole range of baby food products.

Learn more about JBT’s Hydromatic sterilizer in the White Paper

JBT to highlight turnkey solutions at upcoming events

JBT Corporation is preparing to showcase turnkey solutions for food processors at a series of forthcoming events, where companies will have the opportunity to meet JBT representatives and learn why it is viewed as the ‘go-to resource’ for many manufacturers.

Beginning with the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference, which takes place at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI from April 12-13, JBT subsidiary A&B Process Systems will be on hand to highlight the complete solutions that it can offer processors of all sizes.

Later in the month, JBT will be exhibiting at the Food Automation and Manufacturing (FA&M) Conference & Expo, held in Naples, Florida from 23-26 April, which national accounts director Brian Gehrke says offers a chance for JBT to meet VPs and engineering directors from a diverse range food manufacturers. “The conference allows us to establish and develop relationships with key industry leaders that are otherwise difficult to connect with via phone and e-mail,” he says.

ADS Technical Meeting 2017
Sauces and dressings is an increasingly important segment for JBT, according to Gehrke, who says the Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) 2017 Technical Meeting will be a major focus for the company when it takes place in Portland, Oregon’s Portland Marriott from April 30-May 2.

“We’ve established a big foothold providing turnkey dressings and sauces solutions,” he says. “We’re dealing with some of the major players in the sector and have become the ‘go-to’ resource for a lot of those companies.”

Learn more about JBT’s solutions for food processors

With prepared foods – and the related sauces and dressings segment – continuing to grow, Gehrke says 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.

Although A&B’s target market has traditionally been the US, he adds that being part of JBT means that the company can build and install kitchens, and provide turnkey solutions globally.

As well as delivering a valuable opportunity to network with both prospects and existing customers, Gehrke says JBT will showcase its enhanced product range and reach, particularly following the integration of complementary business units such as Stork Food & Dairy Systems and Avure’s High Pressure Pasteurization technology.

JBT seals roll-out of filler-seamers in Asia Pacific region

JBT is sent to help dairy processors in Asia Pacific rapidly increase their output with the installation of the first units of a newly-developed high-capacity filler-seamer group for liquid dairy products that runs at 1200 cans per minute.

Successfully developed in 2016 by JBT Sint Niklaas (Belgium) the high-hygienic filler, which is based on Unifiller filling technology, is synchronized with a X-59 can closer and can service up to 81 filling stations.

Within a short period of time, four machines were sold to major dairy processors in Asia Pacific, according to JBT’s Marcom coordinator for Liquid Foods in the EMENA region, Patrick Schoenaers.

“The first filler-seamer group successfully passed the Factory Acceptance Test and is now ready for shipment to Indonesia,” he says. “In a few weeks, this machine will fill and close 200 gram cans of sweet condensed milk at a line speed of 800 cpm.”

Schoenaers adds that JBT Asia Pacific service technicians (pictured above at the Factory Acceptance Test) were intensively trained in Belgium during the building of the machine in order to offer a high-level of customer care service on site.

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Avure cold pasteurization system offers extended juice shelf life

Innovative technology that can extend the shelf life of fresh juice by up to four months forms the basis of High-Pressure Processing (HPP) systems developed by Avure, a company that was recently announced as the latest addition to the JBT family. Unique in its focus on cold rather than hot pasteurization, Avure’s HPP machines can safely pasteurize liquid foods with almost no impact on taste or flavor, according to the firm’s Ohio-based CEO, Jeff Williams.

“We achieve safe foods while completely preserving the nutritional, taste and quality aspects of the product,” he explains. “Not only do we get these benefits, we are also able to achieve an extended shelf life for fresh products. A fresh juice may only have a couple of days’ shelf life – we are able to achieve two, three or even four months without the use of any additives, chemicals or heat pasteurization.”

According to Williams, all this means that the HPP technology is closely aligned with the movement towards ‘clean label’ products – that is removing all chemicals and preservatives from foods and beverages.

Widely accepted
The technology on which Avure’s HPP system is based was created in the 1950s in Sweden with the focus on metal forming and industrial diamonds. During the late 1980s, researchers began to investigate food and beverage applications and by the mid 1990s, Avure was able to market HPP, putting it into production in food processing plants.

The process has continued to grow and gain acceptance, not just in liquid foods, but across the protein spectrum and is now used by the world’s largest juice companies and many of the leading protein producers. “It is not a novel technology anymore,” says Williams. “It is widely accepted by the academic, scientific and regulatory communities, and is now commonly used in production lines throughout the world.”

Cold pasteurization
How does it work? The first thing to understand, says Williams, is that this is not a sterilization process. The prepared foods or liquids processed in this manner are maintained in a refrigerated distribution chain, but with the stipulation that whatever the product might be, it needs to be stored in a flexible package, such as a PET bottle or a vacuum-sealed pack.

These flexible packages are then subjected to extremely high pressures – 87,000 pounds per square inch or 6,000 BAR – and depending on the product, they are held at that pressure for anywhere between one to three minutes.

This process does a number of different things, says Williams. “One primary result from a food safety standpoint is it inactivates pathogens, such as salmonella, listeria or E.coli,” he explains. “We achieve this through cold rather than hot pasteurization, typically around 4-5ºC. Due to this, it has almost no impact on the nutritional characteristics or organoleptic properties of liquid foods.”

JBT family
On Avure’s integration into the JBT family, Williams describes it as an exciting development, which will be a great fit for the company. “From an Avure perspective, being coupled with the JBT infrastructure will rapidly expand our global footprint and enhance our ability to sell and service worldwide,” he says. “From the JBT side, JBT has a host of solutions up and down the production line, and this is another nice fit – whether the customer wants a heat pasteurization, aseptic or now an HPP option, all those things can be found within the JBT family.”

Click here to learn more about how Avure’s HPP technology works