JBT is bringing a range of complete solutions for fresh produce growers and processors to Fruit Logistica 2020, the world’s largest trade exhibition for the produce sector, which include systems for making fresh-cut processing more efficient and hygienic, and tray sealing technologies that can improve shelf-life and add value to fruits and vegetables.
According to John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, a key focus for this year’s Fruit Logistica will be on creating awareness that JBT is able to provide a complete solution for the fresh produce sector, including its entire line capability. “We will be presenting our integrated approach to the produce industry with two of the newer additions to the JBT family – FTNON and Proseal,” he says. “The solutions provided by both companies have the ability to turn commodities into value-added products.”
Pancho Purroy, EMENA Sales & Accounts Manager, Citrus & Juice Processing Technologies and Sales Manager, Liquid Foods Iberia, says: “For over 100 years JBT has been a major innovator in food preservation technology. JBT believes it is essential to continue innovating and deploying food and beverage preservation solutions as it is proven that ambient shelf-stable foods and extended shelf-life refrigerated foods show a reduction in waste and consequently a positive contribution to the sustainability of our food supply systems.”
Proseal, which became part of JBT in June 2019, will be showcasing tray sealing solutions for fruit growers and processors on its own dedicated Proseal stand. The tray sealing specialist will demonstrate two tray sealers that highlight the wide choice of models available – the semi-automatic Proseal GTR and automatic inline Proseal GT4s – along with its unique ProTest seal quality testing system that enables companies to determine the ideal seal and peel strength for individual products. In addition, a chilled display cabinet will feature the many different types of tray formats for which Proseal can provide a sealing solution.
Among the many advanced features of the GT4s, ProMotion technology improves speeds by up to 30% using following motion and intelligent buffering technology to enable trays to feed continuously into the sealer without stopping. Eseal® ensures excellent seal reliability with an increased seal force of 200% while achieving a 92% reduction in energy usage to deliver valuable cost savings and sustainability benefits.
JBT FTNON will showcase groundbreaking innovations developed to improve food safety, hygiene and processing efficiency for fresh-cut salad and vegetable producers during the event, including the CoreTakr® Flex and the CoreTakr® Iceberg for safe, efficient robotic de-coring of iceberg lettuce, cabbage and other products. FTNON will also highlight the Bell pepper de-corer (SPD-200) which removes the time-consuming task of having to core bell peppers manually, while improving productivity and yield, and the Magnetic Onion Peeler (MOP-200); a solution which is able to process up to 120 onions per minute by using frictionless permanent super magnetism.
Among the noteworthy companies exhibiting at Fruit Logistica 2020 will be JBT ally SmartWash Solutions, which provides innovative food safety systems for fresh-cut produce processors. SmartWash Solutions, which agreed a Europe-wide alliance with JBT in August 2019, is the company behind the Pinpoint Process Control™ solution for food processing wash water systems; an innovation which mitigates cross contamination while improving food safety. Following success in the US with Taylor Farms, SmartWash is currently trialing the technology with multiple leading fresh-cut suppliers across Europe.
JBT including SmartWash Solutions will be exhibiting at Hall 3.1, Stand D-03 and Proseal at Hall 7.1B, Stand B-04 at Fruit Logistica 2020 at the Messe Berlin conference center, Berlin, Germany until February 7, 2020.