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JBT to showcase Fresh Produce Technologies innovation


From residue-free fruit labels to automatic scrubbers that can clean fruit bins vertically, JBT has introduced a wide range of Fresh Produce Technology innovations over recent months that will be highlighted at upcoming trade events, including Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin, Germany from February 6-8. 

The range has also been significantly expanded over the past 12 months following the acquisition of FTNON, a specialist in equipment for preparing fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.

Christina Campos, JBT’s General Manager for Fresh Produce Technologies (FPT), explains that JBT focuses on three principal product lines: preservation; produce identification; and equipment and aftermarket parts. On the preservation side, she says JBT provides a range of solutions, including food-grade waxes, both conventional and organic, which can boost yield and flavor, as well as aesthetics by improving the appearance. JBT also supplies mechanical and technical services that support the customer and ensure products are applied properly and consistently.


Labeling solutions
Produce identification is a fast-developing area for JBT, encompassed by the recent launch of the Flex-ID labeling system, a print and apply solution which features print heads on each applicator so information can be added right before the label is applied. 

A particular characteristic that sets JBT label printing and application apart from competitors, Campos continues, is its use of flexible film labels which help avoid many of the difficulties associated with traditional paper labels. “You still see a lot of paper labels as a consumer and it can be frustrating to tear the label off and all the bottom layer and the adhesive stays on the fruit,” she explains. “In contrast, our labels come off the fruit very easily and leave no residue behind.”

Upright cleaning
Another recent addition is the V Series Bin Scrubber, adding to JBT’s existing range for produce growers and packers. Adding to JBT’s standard Bin Scrubber for the citrus industry and T Bin Scrubber for tall bins typically used by the nut industry, the V Series – standing for vertical – offers a unique solution to produce bin cleaning. “Usually the bins enter the scrubber and are dropped onto brushes, but with the V Series they remain upright and the brush moves up and down,” explains Campos. “The horizontal footprint of the V Series unit is narrower, so it’s a great solution for customers who are challenged with space constraints.”

The JBT FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer

The JBT FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer

New horizons
Perhaps the most exciting recent addition came with JBT’s acquisition of FTNON in July 2018. Marking JBT’s first venture into the fresh-cut market, FTNON specializes in preparation of fruits and vegetables for the fast growing ready-to-eat segment. “We wanted to get into the fresh-cut market and FTNON has allowed us to do that,” says Campos. “There’s a lot to learn, but it’s something we’re excited about.”

She adds: “There’s a lot to be gained because we have a global footprint, with sales and service in many parts of the world, whereas FTNON was limited in terms of its market access. There’s also a lot of synergies with JBT in terms of the pet food and ready meals markets.”

JBT and FTNON will be exhibiting in Hall 3.1, Stand D-03 at Fruit Logistica 2019 from February 6-8 in Berlin, Germany.

Focus on thermal processing at South East Asia seminar

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JBT will be outlining practical solutions for heat recovery and conservation for customers in South East Asia using JBT batch retorts and other systems at an upcoming seminar to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The 4th South East Asia Technical Outreach Seminar, organized by the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS), will be staged at the Holiday Inn Bangkok from November 28-29, with two JBT specialists confirmed as speakers.

Designed for thermal process specialists, the IFTPS technical seminar is targeted towards food processors in South East Asia that require effective aseptic or sterilization of their food products. 

For its part, JBT, which is co-hosting the event alongside the IFTPS and the National Food Institute Thailand (NFI), will use the occasion to deliver talks on how to improve heat usage during product sterilization and processing. 

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JBT food scientists support food processors with ongoing thermal process needs.

Jo Suys, from JBT’s operation in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, will detail how to improve heat recovery with batch retorts, while Jacques Bichier, from JBT’s Madera, California offices, will examine considerations when it comes to processing products that exhibit broken heating behavior. 

Patrick Tan, JBT’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, said: “With the complete range of batch and continuous sterilization systems available from JBT, this event will enhance the image of JBT to food and beverage processors globally.”

Demonstrations of JBT software, including NumeriCAL, AseptiCAL, and TunaCAL, will be available on request during the South East Asia Technical Outreach Seminar.

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JBT South Africa seminar to focus on solutions to improve citrus profitability

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JBT will be staging a one-day seminar for South African customers to provide an update on the latest international citrus and juice trends, with as special focus on how JBT solutions can help optimize yield and in the process deliver financial benefits. To be held at the OR Tambo City Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg on November 9, the event will also provide news on the latest JBT alliances and acquisitions.

Topics covered for optimizing yield more effectively will include a look at JBT’s READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system, a solution which enables customers extract valuable d-Limonene from citrus peel that would otherwise go to waste. 


JBT’s Pulp Recovery and Pulp Wash systems can similarly recover pulp and sugars for pasteurization and aseptic filling, making them fit to add to juice from concentrate, not-from-concentrate, nectars and liquid yogurts.

Another subject that will be highlighted will be JBT’s Fruit and Vegetable Processing Solution, a complete, combined system which is ideal for premium juices and blends produced by smaller juice marketers.

Richard Collins, Sales & Marketing Manager, Liquid Food Solutions, said: “The focus will be to update our customers on latest international trends regarding the citrus industry and also to highlight where they can improve processes through JBT equipment to optimize yield to gain financial benefits.”

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JBT customer seminar looks at fresh solutions for citrus and juices

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JBT will be highlighting an innovative venture for recovering essential citrus oils from peel, and examining how JBT Avure has helped support a fast-growing Florida HPP business at a customer seminar taking place in Lakeland, Florida on November 1.

JBT customer Keith Sirois, from HPP Fresh Florida, will be detailing how clean technology from High Pressure Processing (HPP) specialist JBT Avure has helped support the development of a company that now pasteurizes products including meat, seafood, juice, salsa, hummus and dips from across the state.

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JBT’s facility in Lakeland, Florida

The recovery of high value essential oils from citrus processing by-products will also be a focus for the seminar with a session looking at a new venture with Florida-based Florachem. A specialist in essential oil recovery itself, JBT already helps customers extract valuable d-Limonene from citrus peel through its READYGo™ d-LIMONENE solution.

Other topics that will be covered at the seminar will include a look at JBT’s most recent addition, FTNON, a company that has developed innovative technology for processing fresh fruits and vegetables for the fresh-cut and ready-to-eat market, plus an overview of JBT’s fresh produce and citrus processing systems.

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JBT’s health-focused additions on show at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018


JBT will be highlighting its full portfolio for for food and beverage companies at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing trade exhibition, with a particular emphasis on solutions that can make healthy living a more achievable goal, from chemical-free pasteurization to innovative systems for fresh-cut vegetables and salads. 

As part of its presence at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018, which takes place in Dubai’s World Trade Centre from November 6-8, JBT will be drawing attention to two of the most recent additions to the JBT family of companies – FTNON and PLF. 

A specialist in equipment for the fresh-cut salad and prepared vegetable industries, FTNON, which has a presence in more than 60 countries, provides a range of state-of-the-art technology for food processors including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems.


Illustration from FTNON customer Heemskerk Fresh & Easy

UK-based based PLF International Ltd (PLF) meanwhile is a specialist manufacturer of filling machines and complete turnkey line project management for the fast-growing global powder product market. Combined with JBT’s own seamers, PLF is well placed to meet increasing worldwide demand for powdered products, especially powdered infant formula and nutraceuticals.


Baby powder being filled into cans by PLF International

A further key part of the JBT presence will be representation from JBT Avure, a renowned specialist in High Pressure Processing (HPP), a technology capable of doubling or tripling shelf-life without using chemicals, additives or heat. Used across a huge range of food and beverage sectors, JBT Avure’s HPP technology works by processing foods at extremely high water pressure (up to 6,000 bar / 87,000 psi– more than the deepest ocean), in the process neutralizing listeria, salmonella, E. coli and other deadly bacteria.

Avure, FTNON and PLF all form part of the complete portfolio of processing and packaging solutions that JBT will be highlighting at the event.

JBT will be exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 in Hall 4, Stand D4-44 at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from November 6-8.

JBT highlights growth in Europe & Middle East at Fruit Attraction 2018


(l-r) JBT’s Francisco Peris and John Siddle at Fruit Attraction 2018

Growing demand for JBT’s Endura-Fresh™ range of coatings for long- and short-trade transit – among other innovations – is helping boost JBT’s presence in the fresh produce sector across Europe and the Middle East. This is one for the key messages that JBT is delivering at its booth at Fruit Attraction 2018, the annual Spain-based trade exhibition that takes place in Madrid, Spain until October 25.

As part of its presence in Stand 6C05, Hall 6 in the Feria de Madrid conference center, the JBT team is also highlighting the recent addition of fresh-cut equipment specialist FTNON and the Europe-wide expansion of laser-marking for fruit innovator Laser Food.

John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, said: “We’re growing steadily in Spain, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East. We’ve received an especially good response at the show for our Endura-Fresh line of coatings for long and short distance fruit and vegetable shipments. Along with our preservation products, these have been gaining traction across the region. 

“This has also been this first opportunity we have had to show-off the range of products for the fresh-cut industry from our colleagues at FTNON. Our alliance partner, Laser Food, have been very active as well and they anticipate finalizing some more orders before the end of the year.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2018 at Stand 6C05, Hall 6 until October 25 at the Feria de Madrid conference center in Madrid, Spain.

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JBT showcases fresh produce technologies at Fruit Attraction 2018

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JBT’s innovative solutions for fresh produce companies, including quick-dry coating solutions and industry-leading cleaning technologies, will be highlighted at the JBT stand as part of an increased presence at Fruit Attraction 2018, one of Europe’s premier trade events for the fresh produce sector.

Among the products highlighted will be JBT’s Endura-Fresh™ Quick Dry Poly (QDP) and Endura-Fresh™ Natural Supreme coatings for citrus. As well as being fast-drying, Endura-Fresh QDP provides a long-lasting shine that helps preserve the freshness and taste of the fruit. 


The result of some 80 years’ research and development, Endura-Fresh Natural Supreme offers a cutting-edge citrus coating for superior control of fruit weight loss and shrinking, as well as providing a guaranteed shine from the packhouse to the end receiver.

As part of an increased stand size of 72m2 for this year’s show, JBT will also be highlighting the T-Series Bin Scrubber. A new variation on JBT’s original Bin Scrubber, the system provides efficient bin cleaning with a smaller footprint than alternative systems. New benefits include a telescoping brush scrubbing head to ensure all internal surfaces are cleaned, a bin rinse feature for non-vented bins, and a bin drying stage also for non-vented bins.


Fresh-cut innovations
JBT’s move into solutions for the fresh-cut and pre-prepared fruit and vegetable industry through FTNON, the recently-acquired equipment specialist for the fresh produce, ready meal, and pet food sectors, will also be highlighted at the show.

FTNON specialises in a range of solutions for fresh-cut fruits and salads – known as IV Gama and V Gama in Spain – as well as lines for processors of vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, spinach and other products. The company, which has a presence in more than 60 countries, specialises in a range of state-of-the-art technology for fresh-cut and vegetable processors, including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems.

JBT and Laser Food will also present Natural Branding© technology, the innovative and eco-friendly solution for the contactless marking of fruits and vegetables with natural light. The perfect alternative to regular paper stickers, Natural Branding eliminates paper, glue and ink on organic produce.

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2018 in Hall 6, Stand 6C05 at the Feria de Madrid exhibition centre, Madrid, Spain from October 23-25.

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