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JBT debuts SteriCompact UHT system to meet global smaller pack demand

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JBT has announced the launch of the SteriCompact processing system, the latest in the company’s Sterideal® HX UHT range of systems, which has been specially adapted to meet demand for smaller pack sizes in emerging markets.

The SteriCompact UHT, which is based on JBT’s globally successful Sterideal HX UHT system, will cater for the move towards reduced scale milk and juice production and pack sizes in developing economies, as well as specialized products in high-end markets.
Already in the process of being installed with processors in Brazil, Thailand and India, the system is designed for a smaller volume production in smaller packages – of down to 80ml – than has been common in most markets to date.


Bram Bergsma, Product Line Operations Manager for Processing Systems at Amsterdam-based JBT Food & Dairy Systems, said: “In countries like India and Brazil, there’s a trend for smaller filling capacity machines and packaging. These are countries with large populations, but where people don’t necessarily have the income to afford the larger packs. The SteriCompact UHT has been developed for these markets.”

As well as standard dairy applications, the system, which handles lower-range capacity production of 2000-4000 liters per hour, can be configured with optional modules to process Extended Shelf Life milk, juices with small fibers and soy products. The SteriCompact UHT is designed around one central skid containing all the process components including the electrical system, which results in reduced installation time and cost.

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However, in addition to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the system has also attracted attention in Europe and the US. “We’ve received significant interest from Spain and the US for smaller capacity lines for smaller batches,” said Bergsma. “This is for products produced in small amounts where the flavor can change frequently, so having the SteriCompact UHT in place will help avoid waste.”

About Sterideal XH UHT systems
Dairy producers worldwide favor the JBT Food & Dairy Systems Sterideal HX UHT concept for its robustness, resulting product quality and ease of operation. The unique helical configuration of concentric tubes ensures effective thermal treatment combined with efficient heat recovery and optimal product handling. The tubular in-flow processor is used for pasteurizing and sterilizing dairy products, juices and higher viscosity products like tomato sauces and desserts.

Learn more about the Sterideal HX SteriCompact UHT

Leading through innovation: JBT’s winning focus on product development

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Consumer and retailer demand for new, ever more convenient – not to mention eye-catching – products is a trend that seems to be constantly evolving, driving growth in new categories and sub-categories. One of the people at JBT who keeps a close eye on this melting pot of innovation is Douglas Woodruff, Director of Research and Development for JBT Liquid Foods, whose job it is not just to respond to new trends in the category, but also to anticipate and prepare for them.

Among the most important of these current trends is the drive for convenience, which is leading to smaller serving sizes and further demand for re-closable packages. “There’s a desire to have unique, “functional” beverages and provide more variety at the convenience and grocery stores, which means we need to adapt equipment for shorter runs or more variation in one run,” says Woodruff. 

Another important trend, he continues, is the desire for higher quality foods, leading to the development of safer, better-quality food products than those that were widely-available even just ten years ago.

Based in Lakeland, Florida, Woodruff’s principal focus when it comes to R&D is to stay ahead of evolving market trends with new products and processes, explaining that JBT has made a lot of progress on both fronts in the last 18 months. 


The JBT Sterideal Ohmic Heat Exchanger

Product Innovations
The result of several years’ development work, in 2018 JBT is launching high capacity solutions for sterilized food in flexible packaging (pouches) for both aseptic processing and in-container sterilization processes. “In this way we are moving ahead the technology for different types of products in different types of markets,” says Woodruff. “We see the packaging revolution happening in both aseptic and in-container packaging; for that reason we’re making high volume solutions for both of these”.

Woodruff says he is also excited about the introduction of JBT’s new In-Flow Sterideal® Ohmic Systems, which incorporate the Ohmic Heater, Particulate Pump and other technologies into systems that are configured to order for customers who have high quality and thermally sensitive foods with or without particles.

Process Innovations
In terms of process, significant work has also been achieved over recent months with the standardization of the New Product Development process across the Liquid Foods spectrum. “Whereas each business unit used to have its own development pipeline and execution process, we now have a common process across the Liquid Foods business units so we have a common way of selecting, executing and commercializing new products,” explains Woodruff.

Find out more about JBT’s Research & Technology Centers

Download the JBT White Paper on Continuous In-container Sterilization Technology

Extended vacuum kit boosts tomato peeler performance


JBT has introduced a new extension upgrade kit for existing JBT SP-20 and SP-30 tomato peelers which can greatly improve the performance and efficiency of older machinery, preserving more meat and juice, while increasing the typical output of the systems.

The subject of a year-long trial with a JBT customer in Northern California, the Extended Vacuum Kit significantly boosts average production volumes, in the process making older equipment competitive with newer models and commercially viable. 

The upgrade kit has been developed by JBT to modify the SP-20 and SP-30 Tomato Peeling Systems, used successfully by leading tomato processors for many years, which will substantially improve throughput capacity and peeling performance.

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JBT’s SP-30 with the Extended Vacuum Kit

Dramatic results
The extended vacuum kit will enable dramatic improvements in both throughput and peel removal efficiency, with a minimal investment, according to JBT’s Chuck Ward.

“The SP-20 and SP-30 peelers have a small vacuum area contained within the discharge value, which is used to peel the tomato – now we’ve added a second valve on the discharge and a vacuum chute in-between those two valves, which increases the area of vacuum and exposure time on the tomatoes,” he explains. “It dislodges the skins much more efficiently, in the process increasing the capacity of the peelers from 30 tonnes per hour to 45 tonnes per hour.”

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The upgrade kit also removes the risk of over-peeling by ensuring more efficient tomato skin removal. “With the old system, a lot of people over peeled, taking away the juice and the meat,” says Ward. “With the vacuum chute extension upgrade kit, the tomatoes come out very clean and just the peels are removed, so it’s made an older machine competitive and viable again.”

In the case of the Northern California trial, Ward says the customer – who runs five additional SP-20 peelers, could achieve the same level of output with much greater quality, with just three peelers, thanks to the extended vacuum kit.

Click HERE to learn more about the Extended Vacuum Kit

JBT launches complete solution for cold pressed juice and puree producers

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JBT has introduced a complete, combined solution for small and medium-sized juice processors who are seeking a more efficient, effective and simpler-to-clean system than typical batch bag press solutions. A combination of three pieces of equipment, JBT’s Fruit and Vegetable Processing Solution is ideal for premium juices and blends produced by smaller juice marketers.

The solution can be assembled using three JBT unit operations: a) an FVX5 fruit and vegetable extractor, which receives the raw products and performs the initial size reduction; b) an FTE50 Turbo Finisher, which produces a puree from the mash created with the FVX5; and, c) an optional screw or paddle finisher to deliver juice with a medium-to-high solid content. For a very thin product, the juice can also be sent through a decanting system.

According to Michael Mas, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fruit and Vegetable Processing, a number of these combined solutions have been sold over recent months with more expected to follow. “It’s aimed at super premium products, you can use it for juices, blends and drinks; we have one in the United States creating blended drinks from apples, carrots, ginger, and leafy greens,” explains Mas. 


JBT’s FVX5 fruit and vegetable extractor

“The system is for smaller processors looking to move from batch processing,” he continues. “The typical equipment for smaller processors is a batch press where the fruit is cut up and placed in a bag which squeezes the fruit to extract the juice. You then have to open the bag and throw away the leftover mash and clean the bag, but it’s not the easiest system to clean.”

By contrast, JBT’s system offers a seamless flow, which delivers continuous flow processing instead of having to do batches, with a flexibility that allows companies to blend in fruits and vegetables during the process. “If you want to have, for example, a mix of apples, carrot and kale, you can throw them all into the same hopper and it blends on a continuous basis,” says Mas. 

Hygienic design and cleanability are also key design features. With a bag press, you have to physically clean it, wash it and maybe put it in caustic soda to make sure the bag is clean. With a CIP capable process, you can hook it up and run it through a complete cleaning process without being forced to take everything apart,” he adds.

Find out more about JBT’s Fruit and Vegetable Processing Solution

JBT’s next generation Multi Fruit Juicer boosts output and visibility

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JBT, the leading solutions provider for food and beverage processors, has launched the next generation of the highly successful Fresh’n Squeeze® Multi Fruit Juicer, which as well as offering unparalleled juicing, delivers a faster, more attractive and easy to operate version of the classic system.

Previewed at the recent National Restaurant Show 2018, JBT’s next generation Multi Fruit Juicer offers a 65% increase in juice output over the existing model, as well as a more open and appealing design.

Capable of handling up to 33 pieces of fruit per minute, the latest version of the Multi Fruit Juicer can produce 55 gallons of fresh juice during every hour of operation, up from the 33 gallons per hour delivered by the previous model. In addition to moving from a one-case to a two-case hopper, the Juicer is also markedly more attractive in appearance than its predecessor, featuring viewing windows showing the juicing process and increased visibility of stored citrus.

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The Multi Fruit Juicer was one of the star attractions at the booth of JBT Master Distributor Juicernet by Mulligan Associates at the National Restaurant Show, where company founders Bonnie and Gene Mulligan showcased the system to visitors from across North America.

Mulligan, which has been JBT’s exclusive representative in North America for the past 18 years, highlighted the system to many of its 2000 dealers from across the US and Canada as part of its 33rd consecutive appearance as an exhibitor at the trade event.

Juicernet’s co-founder Bonnie Mulligan said: “The new JBT Multi Fruit Juicer brings a real theater effect because you are able to see what’s going on inside the juicer. Eliminating all the casing and making it stainless steel makes it much easier for cleaning, while the increased speed is another huge benefit. It will help having a two-case hopper instead of a one-case hopper, and it just looks so much newer and fresher.”

Click HERE to find out more about the Fresh’n Squeeze range

JBT’s X-Series System delivers 360º cleaning

JBT has announced the launch of the X-Series System, an innovative option designed for pre-existing or new Bin Scrubber Systems. It delivers external scrubbing for truly clean bins for handling nuts, fresh produce and other products. Based on JBT’s existing Bin Scrubber Systems, which are capable of scrubbing the inside of up to 200 bins per hour, the new X-Series System also focuses on external cleaning.

Like the previous Bin Scrubber Systems, the new system makes use of specially designed brushes to ensure a meticulous cleaning of the bottom, sides, front and back of bins.

“In contrast with previous JBT systems which scrub the inside of the bin, the optional X-Series System scrubs the outside and the bottom of the bin, meaning all four sides get cleaned, and then it goes through the process of scrubbing the interior like the S-Series Bin Scrubber System,” explains Hassan Khan, Marketing Communications Coordinator for JBT Liquid Foods.

Initially developed on a custom-build basis, the X-Series System is already attracting interest from the nut and pistachio industries, he adds.

Key features:

  • Exterior bin scrubbing brushes to clean side and bottom of bin
  • Overhead pushing conveyor (with optional multi-bin feature)
  • Bin rinsing spray manifold
  • Scrubbing tunnel with water containment design and access doors for easy cleaning and servicing

Click HERE to learn more about JBT’s Bin Scrubber Systems

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LESS is more with this low-energy suction system for retorts

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JBT has introduced a technological break-through for static 1800mm Steam Water Spray (SWS) retorts, the Low Energy Suction System (LESS), which can deliver significant energy savings for food processors by reducing retort water volume by up to 45%. The bolt-on solution, which can be added to existing and new JBT retorts, saves on energy by decreasing heating and cooling costs per process through the use and re-use of a much more limited volume of water. In fact, most companies would expect to receive a return-on-investment within two years based purely on energy savings. 

According to Rick Wilson, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Retort & Rotary, the system is based around the concept of less being more. “In a static retort, the water transfers the energy to the product – if you can cut that water volume by half and run multiple cycles per day it saves a tremendous amount of energy heating and cooling the water over the life of the retort,” Wilson explains.

The system utilizes a special distributed suction that circulates the water inside the retort while maintaining a high enough level to avoid complications, such as pump cavitation.

Read more HERE about how the Low-Energy Suction System works

“With less water to heat and cool, you not only save steam, but you also save on boiler chemicals, the amount of condensate you have to put down the drain, and less cooling water is needed on the cooling side,” says Wilson. “If you have a cooling tower, you have to run that less, so it saves on energy for cooling all of that water.”

Wilson estimates that a return-on-investment on the system can be realized within a year and a half to two years based on energy savings, meaning the solution is a “no-brainer” for many companies. 

“Our intention is to retrofit LESS onto existing 1800mm retorts,” he adds. “We have hundreds of retorts out there we can retrofit and also new opportunities. We have sold four in the US and three in Asia so far, so LESS is now starting take off.”

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