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Award-winning JBT SeamTec on show at Anuga FoodTec 2018

JBT’s SeamTec can closer, a radical new approach to delivering a seamer for high-value powders and recent recipient of an award from ‘International Dairy Magazine’ will be among an extensive range of innovations being highlighted by the JBT’s Liquid Foods team at Anuga FoodTec 2018.

The new seamer was launched to address increased demand for better hygiene, quick and easy cleaning, and ever-increasing regulatory requirements for infant formula.

The SeamTec closer, already part of the JBT product mix, is the perfect complement to the breadth of products added to the JBT portfolio following the acquisition of PLF International Powder Filling Systems in 2017; an acquisition which has enabled JBT to offer customers a complete powder line solution with global customer care.

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Customer demand
For decades, the design of can seamers for high value infant formula powders in cans has remained basically unchanged. Seamers for powder were essentially standard seamers designed for liquid applications, with some minor adaptations to accommodate the handling of lithographed, large diameter cans and covers that are typical for infant formula.

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Today, these machines no longer give an adequate response to the specific requirements of the infant formula powder industry. Driven by ever increasing regulatory requirements, infant formula canners demand the highest level of hygienic design, no exposed lubricants, easy and quick cleaning, compliance with the highest explosion safety standards, prevention of foreign particles and absolute product safety.

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Radical approach
Therefore, JBT took a radically new approach and designed a seamer specifically for the packaging of high value powders. We worked closely together with leading infant formula producers to understand their specific requirements in terms of hygienic design, operation in an inert gas environment, hygiene, and operator and product safety, and developed a machine that meets all these requirements at a reasonable cost. The system all but guarantees no exposed lubricants, no powder spillage, high-hygienic design and a foreign particle prevention system.

The unique SeamTec closer sets a new standard in the industry and makes the JBT SeamTec closer the most advanced seamer for powder currently available. Since its introduction, industry leaders like Nestlé, Wyeth, Mead Johnson, Abbott and FrieslandCampina have embraced the JBT SeamTec closer technology.

The JBT SeamTec closer will be among the product solutions being showcased by JBT in Hall 9.1, Stand A080 C099 at Anuga FoodTec 2018, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from March 20-23.

JBT makes further gains in global fresh produce sector

JBT’s range of high-speed labelers and high quality wax coatings are finding increasing favor with fresh produce growers and exporters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, thanks to an emphasis on reliability, accuracy and suitability for long transit. This was one of the key findings from JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica 2018 in February, which JBT is aiming to develop further at upcoming shows later in the year.

Looking back on JBT’s participation at Fruit Logistica 2018, which took place in Berlin, Germany’s Messe Berlin conference center, JBT Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies John Siddle said the success at the show provided a strong platform for the rest of the year.

(l-r) JBT’s John Siddle, Robert Goetz, Kalid Saou and Francisco Peris

“We had a good show and obtained several solid leads, which we are in the process of turning into sales,” he recalls. “Fruit Logistica is always a good show for us because we’re growing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Siddle says visitors to the JBT booth showed particular interest in two products that are well suited to the needs of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters – the G3 Labeler and the Endura-Fresh (9000 and QDP) line of coatings.

Effective solutions
A high-speed produce labeler that is capable of handling 13 pieces of fruit a second, the G3 Labeler also has an accuracy rate of over 95%, putting it well above many rival systems currently available.

JBT’s range of wax coatings for fruits has also attracted attention at produce events thanks to a capacity to maintain products in optimum appearance even after long periods in transit.

Endura-Fresh 9000 is a natural coating that is allowed in all areas of the world, and is JBT’s best-performing coating for long trade transit in terms of arrivals appearance and quality. The coating is notable for its superior weight loss control and shine even over long distances.

Endura-Fresh Quick Dry Poly (QDP), which is a polyethylene-based coating, is a more cost effective option for countries where the material is permitted. Also capable of effectively preserving fruit during long journeys, QDP has recently increased its market share in both South Africa and Europe.

Overall a successful show, Siddle added that JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica had provided a strong base to build on for produce fairs later in the year, notably Fruit Attraction 2018, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from October 23-25.

JBT Liquid Foods exhibits at California’s largest food processing trade show

JBT will be showcasing its full Liquid Foods range, including new additions, to food and beverage processors large and small at California’s biggest trade event for the industry, the super-regional California League of Food Processors Expo 2018, held at the Sacramento Convention Center from February 21-22. 

As the largest show of its kind in the US’ most populous state, the event offers JBT the opportunity to catch up with existing customers and build relationships with potential new ones, while at the same time highlighting recent innovations from JBT Liquid Foods.

The expo also offers a useful forum for expanding knowledge about issues affecting food processing in the form of multiple workshops held over two days on the trade show floor.

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The California League of Food Producers (CLFP) has been the voice and the advocate for California’s food producing industry since 1905, representing the interests of both large and small food processors and beverage producers throughout the state. Each year, the CLFP holds its annual Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, CA, which attracts many food processing industry leaders, among more than 270 exhibitors and 2500 attendees.


JBT’s North America Director of Sales, Donn Sabato, said JBT’s presence at the event was expected to help reinforce current client relationships and bring on board new customers.

“As JBT, we serve the majority of the industry leaders expected to be present whom we would be delighted to receive at our booth,” he said.

“The show will enable us to further build relationships with the food processing leaders and begin establishing a relationship with potential new customers, while also promoting the JBT Liquid Foods range, including innovations such as the JBT SP-20 EV Extended Vacuum Kit.”

JBT will be exhibiting at the California League of Food Processors Expo 2018 in Booth #526 from February 21-22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

JBT inaugura en México el curso Better Process Control School con la aprobación de la FDA

JBT anunció el inicio del curso Better Process Control School, el cual se ofrece por primera vez en América Latina y cuyo objetivo es permitir que los técnicos de calidad, I&D y personal de planta cuenten con esta importante certificación, aprobada por la FDA, necesaria para la exportación de alimentos y bebidas procesados al mercado estadounidense.

El curso brinda capacitación esencial para todos aquellos que deseen exportar alimentos procesados de baja acidez a EUA. Con sede en México, este curso será el primero en su tipo que se abra en América Latina y permitirá que compañías desde México hasta Colombia obtengan esta trascendental certificación para sus empleados.


“Es necesario que las compañías latinoamericanas cuenten con esta certificación si es que quieren exportar al mercado estadounidense”, precisó el Gerente Técnico Regional de JBT Liquid Foods, Narsi R. Ponagandla.

El curso brinda capacitación esencial para empresas que deseen exportar alimentos procesados de baja acidez a EUA

“Al traer este fundamental curso a México, JBT lo ofrece por vez primera en la región México, Caribe y Centroamérica, y trae a expertos en preservación de alimentos y enlatados desde nuestra planta de JBT en Madera, California”.

“La certificación abre las puertas del mercado estadounidense a los clientes de México y países aledaños”.

El curso brinda la capacitación requerida por la USDA y FDA, para los operadores de planta, técnicos y personal de I&D que intervienen en el control del procesamiento térmico, acidificación, y evaluación de cierre de envases. El curso será impartido en español por instructores que son expertos en el ramo.

Con cupo limitado, el curso se lleva a cabo una vez al año, a lo largo de cinco días, en las instalaciones de JBT de San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, y este año será del 12 al 16 de marzo.

Para apartar su lugar, contacte a Daniela Márquez de JBT a su correo

JBT inaugurates FDA-approved Better Process Control School in Mexico

JBT has announced the launch of its first Better Process Control School for Latin America, developed to enable quality, R&D and plant technicians to obtain vital FDA-approved certification for exporting processed food and beverages to the US market.

Providing essential training for any processor wishing to export low-acid foods to the US, the Mexico-based school is the first of its kind to be inaugurated in Latin America and will help companies from Mexico to Colombia to gain all-important certification for their employees.


“Latin American companies need to have this certification if they want to export to the US market,” explains Liquid Foods’ Regional Technical Manager, Narsi R. Ponagandla.

The course is essential for Lat Am processors wishing to export to the US

“For the first time in the Mexico, Caribbean and Central America region, JBT is offering this essential course in Mexico, and will be bringing along experts in canning and preservation products from our Madera, California facility,” he says.

“This certification will open doors in the US market for customers in Mexico and nearby countries.”

Taught in Spanish, the course will provide USDA and FDA-required training for plant operators, technicians and R&D personnel in thermal process control, acidification and container closure evaluation delivered by experts in their field.

Held once a year, registration is still open for the limited-space five-day course takes place at JBT’s facility in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla from 12-16 March.

To reserve a place, contact JBT’s Daniela Marquez at

Puree systems to take center stage at Northwest Food & Beverage Expo

Fruit – and increasingly vegetable – purees are an important product for produce processors in the US Pacific Northwest, used as a key ingredient in the manufacture of many major beverages and juices. JBT, which will be exhibiting at this week’s 2018 Northwest Food & Beverage World Expo, is a leading player in the puree segment, offering high quality, cost-effective solutions for processing, such as the READYGo PUREE system

According to Donn Sabato, JBT’s North America Director of Sales, JBT’s puree systems and other complementary lines will be a main focus for the company at the Portland, Oregon-based event, which takes place at the Oregon Convention Center from January 8-10.

“There is an amazing amount of fruit in the Northwest – cherries, apples, strawberries, raspberries – and this is a show for processors of fruits and vegetables, apart from citrus,” he explains.

JBT’s booth at Process Expo

For its part, JBT Liquid Foods, which will be appearing at the event in conjunction with JBT’s freezing and cooking business unit, works with the Pacific Northwest’s three principal food processors, with systems for purees being one of the key lines. “We’re focusing in on purees that can be used as an ingredient in other products and juices, including by some of the biggest beverage manufacturers, such as blueberry, raspberry and even cucumber purees,” says Sabato.

JBT systems set to be highlighted at the show include the FTE50, a liquids-solids separator for higher viscosity products, such as puree, and the READYGo PUREE, a skid-mounted complete puree system that can process everything from tropicals and berries to stone fruit, but which requires only minimal installation support. Other complementary products, such as JBT’s aseptic fillers will also be showcased at the event.

With Portland hit by one of the worst snowstorms in its history during the 2017 Northwest Food & Beverage World Expo, Sabato adds that JBT representatives and other attendees are keeping their fingers crossed for better weather this time around.

JBT will be exhibiting at Booth 1765 at 2018 Northwest Food & Beverage World from January 8-10 at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center.

JBT to showcase cost saving solutions at Fruit Logistica 2018

Fresh fruit as a business is an industry that often operates on tight margins, meaning that any savings that can be made during the production and preparation of products can offer a clear cost advantage for growers and exporters. Just such a cost advantage is offered by JBT’s Endura-Fresh coatings – a range of premium wax coatings that can deliverable considerable savings for producers of citrus fruits.

The Endura-Fresh  QDP range, which is approved for use on citrus in EU countries, offers superior drying and weight loss compared with most other wax coatings, according to John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies. “The QDP products are capable of drying at around 30ºC or less, while at the same time resulting in lower weight loss than other products,” he explains. “What this means is they require less heat and time than other products in a drying tunnel to dry the wax coating.  There will also be less moisture and weight loss, and as a result they arrive with customers in the best possible condition.”

JBT’s booth at Fruit Logistica 2017 showcased technological systems for fresh produce


Key among the range is the Endura-Fresh 9000, a premium wax coating that is perfectly suited for citrus and other fruits that are shipped long distances and is allowed for use in all markets.  Endura-Fresh 9000 has superior appearance, breathability, and moisture loss control and was developed for long trade transit fruit shipments to premium markets.

Showcasing the Endura-Fresh products will form part of JBT’s upcoming appearance at the world’s largest fresh produce trade exhibition Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin, Germany from February 7-9, 2018, with a particular focus on produce preservation and identification.

“JBT has been in fresh produce sector since 1929, especially in North America, and our presence at Fruit Logistica over the last three years has helped our further expansion in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, as the show gives us greater exposure,” Siddle adds.

JBT will be present at Fruit Logistica 2018 in Hall 6.1, Stand B-01 at the Messe Berlin conference center from February 7-9, 2018

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