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JBT to highlight sustainable processing solutions at ProPak Philippines

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Food safety, nutrition and resource efficiency are key topics across the developing world, and this is especially true of the Philippines, where a fast growing population – approaching 109 million – and a significantly increasing per capita GDP are driving demand for improved food production solutions. JBT is at the forefront of this development and has been providing solutions that help food industry leaders meet the call for better food and beverage options.

A number of these innovations will be highlighted by JBT as part of its presence at this year’s ProPak Philippines, which takes place from February 5-7 at the World Trade Center, Manila. According to John Javier, JBT’s Sales Manager for Liquid Foods in the Philippines, the event will provide JBT with an opportunity to showcase proven and trusted solutions as well as new technologies for the Philippine food and beverage industry. 

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He said: “JBT will feature its large portfolio of solutions, including the Static Retort – Steam Water Spray™ (SWS), the Sterideal® HX Coil, Rotary and Linear Filling solutions, High Pressure Processing (HPP) from JBT Avure, FTNON Fruit and Vegetable Processing, and Fruit and Juice Processing Technologies.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Stand K28 at Propak Philippines 2020 from February 5-7, 2020 in the World Trade Centre Metro Manila, Pasay City, The Philippines.

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JBT boosts sustainability credentials with ambitious solar project

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JBT’s Sint Niklaas, Belgium facility is close to completing of one of the company’s most ambitious sustainability projects, with the installation of over 1,000 solar panels that will – once in operation – account for 25% of the 260,000 sq ft center’s total energy usage. The culmination of months of careful planning, the project is part of a large scale move to bring Sint Niklaas, and other, older JBT facilities, in line with JBT’s overall Sustainability strategy for 2020.

JBT’s internal Energy Action Plan falls within the Sustainability strategy and includes substantial work undertaken to reduce heating, fuel and electricity usage at locations such as Sint Niklaas. As part of the plan, older roofing at the site is also being replaced and improved insulation added; an effort which has so far helped bring down Sint Niklaas’ heating costs by approximately $150,000 per year.

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Solar panels at JBT Sint Niklaas, Belgium

“At Sint Niklaas, we are in a very big, but old facility, so over recent years we have been renovating the shell and the roofing, and this has given us the opportunity to also install solar panels,” explains HSE and Facility Manager Jan Vangansbeke. “Here in Sint Niklaas, we are located in a residential area and in that context, we want to carefully consider the surrounding environment and our Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Putting in place a total of 1,048 solar panels, capable of generating a total of 330 KWp or around a quarter of the facility’s total energy consumption per year, involved close communication between all partners from the beginning which ultimately helped deliver extremely good results, according to Vangansbeke. 

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View of JBT Sint Niklaas’ recently-installed solar panels

However, the project was not without its challenges. “We have insulated, steel deck roofs with connecting flexi-panels in between to allow for more natural light, but these posed a danger during installation,” he explains. “What we did was to put in place galvanized mesh wire – as they use in concrete – which was fixed to the roof so the solar panels could be installed and maintained safely.”

Looking ahead, Vangansbeke says JBT will continue to work on the building shell in Sint Niklaas with the remaining, older roofing gradually replaced as part of the overall drive to achieve more sustainable heating and electricity usage at the site. Other future initiatives include the installation of charging stations for electrical vehicles.

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JBT announces FDA-approved course for exporters and thermal processing course

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JBT Mexico has announced two courses focusing on ensuring FDA-compliant, safe thermal processing, theory and application of thermal processing systems, data collection technics and container sealing for low acid, acidified and aseptic foods for export as part of the JBT Technical School 2020, which will be staged in the City of Puebla. Focused on helping processors dealing with batch and in-flow operations, the courses will help ensure companies meet USDA and FSIS regulations; vital when it comes to exporting to the US.

Taking place at JBT Puebla from May 11-15, the Thermal Processing Academy will examine some of the most important questions related to the thermal treatment of food products, paying special attention to critical food safety parameters, heat treatment and quality considerations for batch (canning) and in-flow (aseptic) processes. Ideal for plant engineers, line operators and supervisors, food technicians and quality control personnel, the course will cover a range of topics vital to the successful thermal processing of canned and aseptic products.

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For processors of low acid and acidified foods that export or are seeking to export to the US, the FDA, USDA and FSIS-recognized Better Process Control (BCPS) is essential. Taking place at JBT Puebla from October 19-23, the BCPS offers professional certification for supervisors in the areas of acidification, plan sanitation, equipment, operation and instrumentation for thermal processing systems, aseptic processing and packaging systems and the evaluation of container sealing operations. Directed by FDA-approved, leading authorities in food processing, the course will look at how to successfully put in place Critical Control Points (CCPs) for thermal processing and examine how to achieve effective control of these crucial areas.

The Thermal Processing Academy will take place from May 11-15 and the Better Process Control School from October 19-23, 2020, both at JBT’s Puebla, Mexico facility.

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