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JBT and SmartWash alliance to take fresh-cut food safety technology into Europe

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JBT and food safety technology specialist SmartWash Solutions™ have announced the start of a new European alliance between the two companies, which has been developed to bring an innovative combination of science, technology and engineering to fresh-cut produce processors within Europe.

Originally launched in the US in 2009, SmartWash Solutions’ patented SmartWash delivers Pinpoint Process Control™ to food processing wash water systems, mitigating cross contamination while improving food safety. The system has proven so effective in curbing cross contamination that it is now used by over 50% of the US fresh-cut produce industry, leading to expansion to Europe with the opening of SmartWash Solutions BV in the Netherlands.

Ewoud Buter, General Manager of SmartWash Solutions BV, said that with the announcement of the alliance, the company anticipates further expansion with the leveraging of JBT resources in Europe and beyond, which will enable it to significantly scale-up its activities. He said: “Through our alliance with JBT, we will be able to make many more people in the industry aware of the benefits of SmartWash by leveraging the resources of JBT worldwide.”

Carlos Fernandez, JBT’s Executive Vice President and President, Liquid Foods, said: “Food safety is a mega-trend that will transform the marketplace over the next generation. We’re thrilled to partner with SmartWash Solutions and offer this breakthrough to our customers.”

Alleviate challenges
Buter explained that the solution is designed to increase and maximize the effectiveness of the most powerful anti-microbial weapon in existence – chlorine – by combining chlorine-based washes with patented SmartWash chemistry. 

“The components of our patented SmartWash solution help to alleviate the challenges associated with fresh-cut produce, comprising a high level of pathogen control that allows us to mitigate the risk of cross contamination and in the process reduce the probability of outbreaks occurring,” he said. “The wash water used in fresh-cut processing can get extremely dirty, due to soils and other contaminants entering the system.”

SmartWash Solutions’ process control systems provide high process control while also withstanding the challenges of working in a wet and cold environment, common in fresh-cut processing. Additionally, SmartWash Solutions has helped customers realize cost savings in labor, productivity and utilities by improving the efficiency of wash systems and increasing the process control to levels previously impossible in the industry. 

So successful has the technology been that SmartWash systems now treat an estimated five billion pounds worth of fresh-cut produce in the US every year, as well as significant volumes in Canada, Australia, China and Spain. 

Learn more about SmartWash Solutions

Model R: an alternative option to acquire JBT filler-seamers

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JBT fillers and seamers can make a tangible difference to the effectiveness and efficiency of food and beverage processors’ operations, but budgets do not always stretch to cover the cost of new machinery. JBT’s Model ‘R’ or ‘Rebuilt’ offers a means of acquiring warranty-protected JBT equipment, comprised of new electronics and components in an existing frame, at an attractive price for smaller and mid-sized companies.

“We can compare it with car manufacturers who offer a complete overhaul when they want to bring older cars back on the road,” says Rex Pattyn, Customer Care Sales Manager for JBT. “This is exactly what JBT is doing. These are machines that we buy back from customers who don’t need them anymore and – after the thorough overhaul – we are able to offer them to other customers, with the result that these customers are getting a machine that is nearly new.”

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Industry-standard solutions
As Pattyn explains, the JBT Model R program retains the original filler and seamer frames and some parts, but brings in all-new, state-of-the-art electronics and components, with wear and tear elements discarded. A risk assessment is also carried out on all recycled parts, with everything updated to current standards before being reinstalled on the filler or seamer.

“Model R signifies ‘Rebuilt’ and the price of these machines is typically new minus approximately 30%,” says Pattyn. “The cost is less than that of manufacturing a new machine because the frame and critical parts are already there, while all the rest is replaced.

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“Customers get a true industry-standard JBT machine complete with warranty at a very attractive price. This helps customers who want to buy a genuine JBT machine but don’t have the budget available to buy new.”

“We don’t just clean a machine and give it a new coat of paint, we completely strip the components, deep clean the machinery, coat it, and bring everything up to current industry standards, so it’s a completely different approach from that of a normal second hand machine trader,” adds Pattyn. “It’s treated and quality checked like a piece of new equipment.”

Learn more about JBT’s Model R program