The growth of new coffee products, such as Cold Brew, and consumer demand for fresh orange juice are likely to present increased opportunities for innovative bag-in-box filling systems from one of JBT’s newest alliance partners, TORR Industries. The company’s simple-to-operate solutions complement existing JBT technologies and are expected to help support the growth of innovative projects in the retail and foodservice sectors.
A design and manufacturing business based in Redding, California, TORR, which also markets aseptic filling machines under the Engi-O brand in Australia, specializes in bag and box packaging systems, and has grown to become one of the major vendors of filling machines for 1.5 to 5 liter packs worldwide.
As TORR Sales Director Chris Rutter explains, TORR’s low acid aseptic Bag-in-Box filling system complements JBT’s portfolio of aseptic bag filling technologies, covering a wide range of products from wine to milk, cream and soups.
TORR’s Engi-O double-membrane aseptic filling process utilizes steam and high temperatures to ensure a sterility assurance level validated by the FDA. Capable of filling 2-1500 liter containers for shipping, the closed system guarantees that sterile products like milk, cream, coconut water or vegetable pulps are not exposed to the outside atmosphere at any stage. “Any sterile liquids can safely and securely packed, meaning they can be transported without refrigeration whilst maintaining their shelf-life and complying with food safety requirements,” says Rutter.
“This is a very simple system and way less complicated from a machinery point of view,” he continues. “We can take the bags and put them into the boxes, so while JBT does the processing, we do the aseptic bag filling and can do also the boxing.”
Rutter views Cold Brew coffee and fresh fruit juice as being two of the most significant emerging opportunities for the technology. In the former case, Cold Brew – which provides the coffee taste without much of the bitterness – is a low-acid product that requires aseptic filling to be shelf stable. In the case of fruit juices, Rutter says being able to fill aseptically will enable retailers to be able to sell more fresh orange juice instead of the hot fill product present on most store shelves. Significant opportunities also exist on the foodservice side for ice cream mixers and fruit juices found in many fast-food outlets.
Liquid Foods Alliance Program is a growth platform allowing JBT to bring cutting-edge technological solutions to JBT customers. These solutions are typically sustainable, cost-effective, commercially viable, and complementary to the core JBT products. TORR and Engi-O alliance products are helping JBT offer a versatile solution for both low-acid and high-acid food products in a variety of packaging formats. Since the formation of alliance, JBT has received interest from customers for juice, dairy, coffee, and plant-based beverages. The TORR alliance has provided an excellent opportunity to the JBT team to engage with its customers at a deeper level, helping JBT close the technological gap and develop a thorough understanding of the customer value proposition in the aseptic filling market segment.
Sustainability has always been a key focus for JBT, and throughout 2020 there has been a large emphasis on improving and promoting sustainable practices both within JBT and externally across the food and beverage industry. JBT has continued to innovate, offering new and existing technology that can significantly boost customers’ sustainability credentials.
JBT’s sustainability drive is focused on four central pillars: providing solutions that reduce the total cost of ownership by enabling companies to become more sustainable in the use of energy, water and steam; solutions to reduce food waste in the production and supply chain; adapting highly-efficient solutions for the food and beverage segment; and improving sustainable practices within JBT facilities worldwide.
One of the ways JBT is helping customers improve sustainability at the production level is through the Heat Recovery System (HRS) for the Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer. Offered as an upgrade package for customers with existing and new (yet-to-be installed) Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizers. The HRS is focused on achieving optimum savings during the sterilization process for products requiring a pre-heater.
Among its key benefits, the HRS can deliver a reduction in steam usage of up to 40% and decrease the overall thermal load of the cooling tower, resulting in substantial energy savings. In fact, the system offers a high return on investment, with a payback within two-three years based only on steam reduction costs.
A further valuable sustainable solution from JBT is the Energy Recovery System for Retort Sterilizers (ERS), which makes use of a Hot and Cold water tank that acts as a battery to transfer energy between the Come-up and Cooling portions of a retort’s thermal process. The system collects energy from hot process water and transfers this energy to the cold-process water during the come-up phase. The system also improves energy recovery by using minimum steam during this phase.
The ERS can additionally be combined with JBT’s Low Energy Suction System (LESS) for Static Retorts, a passive suction system which draws in water evenly along the length of a retort. This allows less water to be used in the retort during the thermal process resulting in less steam being required to heat and less water to cool.
Other energy-savings options available from JBT include indirect heating utilizing a shell-and-tube heat exchanger, which provides energy, water and chemical savings by recovering steam condensate.
Additionally, JBT’s Rotary Pressure Sterilizer includes an Eco-Mode that enables customers to reduce steam energy consumption when the machine is operating without cans by reducing the temperature until cans are reintroduced into the sterilizer.
By continuing to assist customers in reducing their energy, JBT has helped bring sustainability to the forefront of the food and beverage industry agenda and will strive to ensure the topic gains greater prominence over the months ahead.
JBT level fillers, weight fillers, Unifillers, can closers and cappers have a solid record for long-running performance, sometimes stretching back over decades, covering both new builds and second-hand machines. But even the best-performing equipment requires updating and upgrading after years of service, and this is where JBT Retrofit Kits come in, offering a solution that can bring filler and closer machines into the 21st century.
“We have a lot of these machines in the field that are 20-30 years’ old and are still running quite well,” explains JBT’s Ben Verbeeck. “However, after such a length of time, improvements are often needed in terms of both hygiene and filling accuracy, and we have developed solutions for that in the form of different kits.”
JBT Retrofit kits are not only capable of bringing hygiene to 2020 levels, but they can also boost filling accuracy, making sure any wastage is kept to a bare minimum. They can further improve product handling, upgrade machine hygiene and replacing obsolete OEM components, updating software programs and improving maintenance in the process. “These are solutions for machines that are still operating well, but it’s all about bringing them into the 21st century,” says Verbeeck.
JBT Retrofit Kits are part of a long-term commitment to customers by ensuring that even well-seasoned equipment receives the high quality maintenance and machine upgrades that enable companies to get the most value out of solutions and realize more operational savings.
The kits offer tailored original component packages that deliver cost-effective, quality results, including effective installation, commissioning and operator training by JBT’s skilled service teams to help maximize the return on investment.