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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

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT JBT’S FRESH PRODUCE TECHNOLOGIES

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 wins order for world’s fastest sweetened condensed milk canning line

JBT Corporation is to start installation of the first example of the fastest sweetened condensed milk canning line ever developed in the first quarter of 2018, following the winning of an order with a major dairy processor. Set to handle up to 1,200 Cans Per Minute (CPM) or 72,000 Cans Per Hour (CPH), the latest addition to the successful Unifiller range will – once operational – effectively be the fastest on the planet.

Already the world’s leading filling technology for the canned liquid dairy industry, the Unifiller range has become renowned for its unmatched fill accuracy, hygienic design, dry floor operation and full clean-in-place (CIP) function that does not require fill station disassembly.

As JBT Product Line Director Bart Mertens explains, the range has recently been extended to meet market demand for ever higher line speeds in the form of a 69- and 81-station 1200 frame high capacity Unifiller capable at running at up to 90,000 CPH or 1,500 CPM. “Synchronization with a JBT 10- or 12 spindle X59 can seamer results in a state-of-the-art, high hygiene, high performance, high capacity filler/closer system for canned liquid dairy,” he said.

CLICK TO READ JBT’S WHITE PAPER ON FILLING & CLOSING TECHNOLOGY FOR LIQUID DAIRY PRODUCTS

During the first quarter of 2018, JBT will install the fastest-ever version of the Unifiller for a sweetened condensed milk line, as part of an agreement that will also see JBT supplying can and cover sterilization systems, and handling technology for the line.

To date, high capacity Unifiller units have been sold and installed for evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, liquid coffee and plain milk, with a particular focus on the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.

In the Americas region, a JBT customer is already using a high capacity Unifiller to fill liquid coffee in glass jars at 800 cpm, while In Asia-Pacific, another customer is producing plain liquid milk in cans on a JBT 81-station Unifiller synchronized with a 12-station X59 seamer.

Mertens added that JBT high capacity filling-closing technology can also be combined with a batch or continuous JBT sterilization system.

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.

JBT awarded ASME certification and accreditation

JBT has been granted Authorization to Register its range of boiler and vessel solutions with The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors; an achievement that opens up the prospect of being able to manufacture additional product lines.

The culmination of many months’ work at JBT’s Lakeland, Florida manufacturing plant, the receipt of the Certificate of Authorization means JBT can apply the ASME ‘U’ stamp to items built in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

Additionally, JBT Lakeland has received the Certificate of Authorization to apply the National Board ‘R’ stamp to shop repairs and alterations of metallic code vessels built elsewhere.

The JBT Lakeland production floor (photo ©Scott Wheeler/The Ledger*)

“ASME’s Conformity Assessment is the leading, universally recognized, independent Quality Assurance (QA) program that certifies that stamped products and parts fulfill high Quality and Safety requirements,” explained JBT’s Global Operations Manager, Julio Izzo.

“I would like also to congratulate our entire team that relentlessly participated on this challenge for several months, improving and testing our processes in order to achieve this goal.”

*Click HERE to read The Ledger’s full article about JBT Lakeland

Why custom agitation systems add value to the mix

Brian Gehrke, Director – National Accounts, A&B Process Systems writes exclusively for the JBT Liquid Foods Blog on why having effective mixing and blending systems is hugely important for many in the liquid foods industry. 

For many liquid foods processors, having the right mixing and blending systems in place is a crucial component in being able to produce a high quality product at a cost effective price. A&B Process Systems – together with our parent company JBT Corporation – provides a wide variety of engineered agitation solutions for food and beverage mixing and blending that both create efficiencies and add value for customers.

These solutions include but are not limited to: Anchor (Slow Speed) agitation for “Swept Surface” or “Scraped Surface” designs to handle a wide range of products/viscosities; Pitched blade turbine agitators to promote axial flow, increase solids suspension, and reduce liquid blending time and when coupled with customized tank baffling, increase turbulence and eliminate troublesome, bulk product rotation; and “High Shear” high speed agitation solutions.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT A&B’S CUSTOM MIXER AND AGITATOR SYSTEMS

A&B also offers Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis that allows us to simulate fluid motion using numerical approaches and help insure that the agitator design meets the required mixing objectives. Our CFD analysis software interfaces with our Finite Element Analysis (FEA) mechanical software that enables us to do a full structural analysis of the agitator system as well.

Mixing technology
A&B continues to explore more unique agitator designs including our Helical Swept Surface & Scrape Surface mixing technology, a design which offers more efficient pumping/turbulence during the mixing process, especially when applied to medium to high viscosity solutions. We continue to provide a multitude of combination mix systems with both anchor (Slow Speed Agitation) and High Shear mixers providing an expanded range of mix system solutions. Our latest development is our bottom entry high shear “Liquifusion” systems which are also being offered in a multitude of tank designs and combination mixer applications.

Extensive testing
Along with value added engineering, A&B’s test center allows us to provide our customers with extensive preliminary testing for these mixing applications as well as comprehensive Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) before shipment. This can include incorporation of multiple liquids and particulates, heating and cooling with tank jackets and/or steam injectors and more.

We also offer our Vacuum Powder Mix System that provides for vacuum integration of a bulk solids/powders sub-surface directly to a high or low shear mix system. These systems can convey single or multiple bulk solid ingredients to the mix tank without the problem of excessive dust and safety risks. These systems can also be applied to a wide variety of products and viscosities.

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