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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

JBT takes processing solutions to the heart of the MidWest

JBT Corporation will be showcasing its full range of preservation and sterilization systems for food processors at the upcoming MidWest Food Products Association Convention, an event renowned for attracting the participation of some of the biggest brand names in the sector.

Taking place at Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Civic Center from November 28-30, the Food Products Association is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees from across the food processing industry including company presidents and upper management.

Matt Robie, JBT’s Central U.S. Regional Manager for Liquid Foods, explained that the event would feature educational sessions focused around issues that impact processors such as funding, designing processes and sourcing products, as well as networking breaks.

“What’s different about this event is that it features the active participation of many large companies in the food processing sector, such as Del Monte, not just companies on the services side,” says Robie, explaining that this providing a valuable opportunity for JBT to highlight its innovative systems and solutions.

As an exhibitor, the focus for JBT will be on showcasing both its filling and closing systems, which help customers to maintain shelf-stable products, as well as a variety of solutions for effective product sterilization, including retort, rotary and Hydrostatic Sterilizers. JBT’s A&B Process Systems will also be on hand to talk about its process skids, kitchen solutions, storage tanks and vessels.

One area that Robie is keen to highlight is JBT’s ongoing commitment to customer care or aftermarket, which extends long after the initial product purchase. “We help maintain the efficiency of ageing equipment and help increase customer profitability by providing original parts, experienced service and customized upgrade and retrofit kits,” he adds.

JBT will be present at Booth 101 at the MidWest Food Products Association Convention 2017 at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota from November 28-30.

Newest additions to JBT family on show at Gulfood Manufacturing 2017

Gulfood Manufacturing 2017, which takes place from 31 October-2 November in the Dubai World Trade Centre, has long been a major exhibition for JBT Liquid Foods, thanks to JBT’s tradition of strong relationships with regional customers. Moreover, it is located in a part of the world where there is a lot of innovation and development of processed and packaged food products.

As JBT’s Marcom Coordinator for Liquid Foods in the Europe and the Middle East, Patrick Schoenaers explains, Gulfood Manufacturing presents an opportunity to build further on existing relationships and to share its experience in food processing with customers.

“JBT Liquid Foods continues to grow every year in its capacity to offer complete line solutions from primary processing to final packaging, with a strong focus on product quality, food safety and extended shelf-life,” he says. “This year in particular we are pleased to present the latest additions to the JBT family – PLF International and Avure High Pressure Processing – as part of our complete solution.”

PLF International is one of the most recent additions to the JBT family

The recently acquired PLF International designs and manufactures what is considered to be one of the most flexible, hygienic, gentle and user-friendly powder filling machines – for rigid and semi-rigid containers – in the world. This innovative powder filling technology can be delivered as stand-alone equipment or as part of a fully integrated packaging line.

Avure’s High Pressure Processing is a natural method for food pasteurization that uses pure cold water, and up to 87,000 psi (6,000 bar) to inactivate pathogens, and dramatically extend shelf-life without the use of chemicals, heat or additives.

“High Pressure Processing makes foods delicious and labels clean and can be used for juices and beverages, meat, seafood and ready-to-eat meals, as well as fruits and vegetables,” adds Schoenaers. “So a visit to our booth is certainly a good investment!”

JBT will be exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 in Hall 1, D1-4 from 31 October-2 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Citrus innovations to take centerstage at Argentina Seminar

JBT will be bringing speakers from Argentina, Mexico, the US and Brazil – including leading authorities from across the Americas – to its forthcoming Citrus Technical Seminar 2017, to be held in the Argentinian city of San Miguel de Tucumán on November 28.

The one-day event, which takes place in Tucumán’s Hilton Garden Inn, will focus on a range of topics related to techniques and technology for the citrus sector, and will also include overviews of trends in citrus processing and the development of the Persian lime market in Mexico and Peru.

In terms of technology, speakers will be detailing new technologies available for fresh fruits (including laser labelling and high-pressure cleaning systems), solutions available to get the most out of fruit pulp when processing, and innovative pasteurization systems that do not comprise on fruit quality, taste or flavor.

Among those speaking at the event will be Prof Dr Marcos David Ferreira from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) who will examine non-invasive methods for evaluating fruits and juices, and Dr Marcelo Miranda from Brazil’s Fund for Citrus Protection (Fundecitrus).

For companies or producers wishing to attend, please contact one of the following JBT representatives before November 10:

Ing. Martín Castro – JBT Argentina

Eneida Nogueira – JBT Brasil

Fresh’n Squeeze juicers to play starring role at HOST 2017

JBT’s Fresh’n Squeeze® Point-of-Sale juicer line will be the center of attention at JBT’s booth at the upcoming HOST 2017 trade exhibition, which takes place from October 20-24 in Milan, with the focus on highlighting the best – and newest innovations – from JBT’s juicer business. In addition to the Fresh’n Squeeze Citrus Juicer and Produce Plus Juicer, JBT will be showcasing the options offered by the Multi-Fruit Juicer to visitors to its stand.

A hugely important event for companies involved in the Horeca (Hotel/Restaurant/Café) sector, HOST is expected to draw significant numbers of attendees and exhibitors to Milan, Italy; a country where JBT already has a major presence.

Ignacio Elosua Gonzalez, JBT’s Area Sales Manager for Fresh’n Squeeze juicers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, says JBT will be looking to highlight the capabilities of the Fresh’n Squeeze juicer portfolio to customers and potential new clients working in hotels, resorts and other industries associated with the Horeca sector.

“HOST is the most important exhibition for the Horeca business held in Europe, so for JBT, it is important to be there,” he explains. “The good thing about HOST is that is so well-known that we are expecting to receive opportunities from all over the continent, and of course the Italian market is important too because JBT has facilities in the heart of Italy, in Parma.”

JBT will be exhibiting at HOST 2017 in Pavilion 18, Stand H68 in Milan’s Fiera Milano conference center from October 20-24

JBT to showcase latest Fresh’n Squeeze innovation at Fruit Attraction

Spain’s Fruit Attraction trade fair, which takes place in Madrid from October 18-20, is one of the globe’s most important exhibitions for fruit and vegetable producers, traders and processors, with a particular emphasis – for obvious reasons – on companies from Spain and Latin America. For JBT, the show offers the opportunity to meet potential customers from around Europe and Latin America, especially those in the retail, foodservice and fruit production sectors.

This year, however, JBT will be giving special focus to its Multi-Fruit Juicer, which will feature a new modification developed by JBT’s Lakeland, Florida engineers, which has turned the unit’s standalone reservoir juicer into a self-service juicer.

As Ignacio Elosua, JBT’s head of sales for Fresh’n Squeeze® point-of-sale juicer line in Europe, explains, the innovation will help JBT reach a wider market than ever before, as the Multi-Fruit Juicer is now suitable for use in supermarkets and grocery outlets.

“In Europe, the demand for fresh orange juice machines in every supermarket is growing and there’s tough competition to cover this segment, but we believe the new version of the Multi-Fruit Juicer will give JBT a competitive edge,” he says.

Fresh solutions
But it’s not just Fresh’n Squeeze. JBT will be highlighting all of its liquid foods solutions for the fruit sector to visitors, which are designed to help producers to handle or process fruit more efficiently. “We have received many enquiries from customers concerned about the amount of fruit they have to handle or seeking to take advantage of lesser-quality products,” explains Elosua. “We believe that our fruit and vegetable solutions can help these customers deal effectively with these challenges.”

Looking at Fruit Attraction as a whole, Elosua says the show – one of the most important in the fresh produce sector – provides a great opportunity for JBT to expand beyond its core businesses and create new leads and opportunities.

“It’s commonly said that Spain is the pantry of Europe, meaning that many of the fruits and vegetables consumed in Europe come from Spain – we can say that is one of the most important markets for selling JBT solutions,” he adds.

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2017 in Hall 6, Stand 6A02D from October 18-20 in Madrid’s Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) conference center.

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