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JBT brings fresh solutions to Food Processing Expo 2017


Innovative solutions for food processors will be the focus for JBT at this year’s California League of Food Processing Expo, an annual event that showcases the latest trends in the liquid and processed foods business.

JBT will be on hand at the show, the largest of its kind in California that is exclusively devoted to food processing technology. The event, which takes place from February 8-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center, showcases innovations for citrus, tomato and protein processors, as well as fresh fruit companies.

However, Donn Sabato, JBT’s North America Director of Sales, explained that Food Processing Expo’s importance lay not only in the fact that it was an opportunity to highlight JBT products, but that it was a forum for sharing the latest trends in food tastes.

“California is a trend-setter when it comes to healthy lifestyles – they are the ones who set new trends when it comes to drinks and foods that people will follow,” he said. “JBT is very active in the tomato, citrus and protein processing sectors in California, so the Food Processing Expo – where we will be highlighting several JBT food processing solutions – is extremely important for us.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Food Processing Expo, which takes place from February 8-9 in the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento CA.

JBT takes latest innovations for fresh produce to Fruit Logistica 2017

JBT will highlight technological innovations designed to get fruits and vegetables from producer to retailer in the best possible condition, as part of its participation in Fruit Logistica 2017, the world’s largest trade exhibition for the fresh produce sector.

At JBT’s third consecutive appearance at the event, which takes place in Berlin, Germany from 8-10 February, the company will focus on fresh produce technologies, as well as showcasing labeling and fruit processing systems.

JBT business development manager John Siddle said: “Our booth is focused on our fresh produce technologies, specifically the preservation products, coatings, cleaners, fungicides and other solutions that help get fresh produce from point A to point B in as good as condition as possible. We will also be bringing along our G3 labeler, which we intend to have CE certified this year.”

JBT’s participation in the latest edition of Fruit Logistica follows two years of steady progress in the global fresh produce sector for the company, including expansion into new markets and the signing of a major deal in the US.

“We’re a growing business,” said Siddle. “We’ve been growing our market share for the last couple of years. We’ve made recent forays into Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and we also just gained Wonderful Citrus’ business in the US, which is significant for us because they are the largest citrus packer in the world.”

JBT will also once again be highlighting partner Laser Food’s groundbreaking Laser Mark labeling system for fresh fruits and vegetables, which was recently featured in the UK’s Guardian newspaper. The technology is set to be used by Swedish supermarket operator ICA – in conjunction with organic fresh produce specialist Eosta – to laser label organic avocados and sweet potatoes.

JBT will be exhibiting at Hall 6.1, B-02 at Fruit Logistica 2017, which takes place at Berlin ExpoCenter City (Messe Berlin) from 8-10 February 2017.

JBT partner Laser Food featured in The Guardian newspaper


JBT partner Laser Food‘s innovative Laser Mark™laser labelling system for fresh fruits and vegetables is continuing to make an impression around the globe with the publication of a new article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

The article details Laser Food’s collaboration with Dutch organic fresh produce specialist Eosta, which has announced an agreement with Swedish grocery retailer ICA to sell laser-labelled organic avocados and sweet potatoes in its stores.

Click here to read the full article.

A CBS News report on the technology can also be found here.


A landmark year for Liquid Foods


Carlos Fernandez, President and Managing Director of JBT’s Liquid Foods business, reflects a busy 12 months for the company and what’s in store in the year ahead.

The last 12 months marked the first full year of life for JBT’s Liquid Foods, which was created by bringing together two notable JBT businesses – Fruit & Juice Solutions and Preservation Solutions.

Fruit & Juice is a business where we produce equipment and complete lines for primary processing of citrus, tomatoes, and other fruits, while Preservation focuses on in-container sterilization, as well as filling and closing metal cans. In 2015 we merged these two businesses together while, at the same time, making two key acquisitions.

Carlos Fernandez

Carlos Fernandez

The acquisition of Stork Food & Dairy Systems in Amsterdam brought innovative continuous helical coil sterilization technology – which complemented our existing in-flow sterilization systems – plus an ability to carry out aseptic filling of end products.

This technology can be applied not only to dairy, but also to juices and many other types of beverages, whether that will be yoghurt or mixed tea drinks.

We needed a company to bring this all together and we found this in A&B Process Systems.

Based in Stratford, Wisconsin, A&B specializes in mixing, batching, and blending skids, CIP (Clean-In-Place) for lines of equipment, process piping, control panels, tank and vessel fabrication and installation resources for a wide variety of projects. A&B is capable of taking JBT equipment and offering complete solutions using all of those systems. Now we are able to offer customers broader solutions, whether those be a complete line, part of a line or a single piece of equipment.

Future expansion
Food processors are increasingly looking for suppliers to provide more than just a piece of equipment, but expertise in products and applications. If they want a particular product or line, we can provide it, but we can also provide expertise in juices, dairy and much, much more.

This is where we are with Liquid Foods today with a greater scale, a presence in all the important global geographic regions, and a very strong foundation in service. Our focus is to be able to provide solutions and service to customers in the most efficient way possible, with a network of global research and technology centers where we help processors test and develop products.

The next stage for Liquid Foods as a business will be to capitalize on these synergies and reorganize to deliver more of a regional focus, so customers have a single point of contact in each region. We will also have a globalized team in charge of product development that supports regional operations with product expertise.

The vision for Liquid Foods is to continue growing organically through internal development of new products, greater investment in the technology centers, and an expansion of our capacity to manufacture in each of the regions where we have a presence. We will also seek to make further acquisitions of companies or technologies that add value for our customers.

Sterilization key to Continuous Rotary Retort success for JBT

IFTPS conference

JBT Corporation highlighted how continuous container handling and intermittent axial rotation have played a major role in the success of its Continuous Rotary retort business at the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists’ (IFTPS) Third South Asia Outreach Seminar, which was held last month in Bangkok, Thailand.

Speaking at the event, which took place from November 16-17 in the Thai capital, JBT’s Dan Brooks – who presented a paper by Terry Heyliger (a JBT retiree from Madera, California) on Continuous Rotary Retorts* – detailed the importance of sterilization in the system’s effectiveness.

“JBT has over 8,000 rotary retort shells installed worldwide, producing in excess of 50% of the world’s canned food,” Brooks explained. “Therefore, proper development of the sterilization steps used in this type of cooker is extremely important.”

Brooks’ presentation covered the history and unique operation of the JBT rotary sterilizer, as well as the numerous factors that must be taken into account when producing safe canned foods in this type of system.

Based in the State of Virginia, the IFTPS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of those working in thermal processing. IFTPS’ membership consists of worldwide experts in the field of in-container and aseptic food sterilization.

For more information about JBT’s Continuous Rotary Retorts, click here

*Process Evaluation and Critical Factors in Continuous Rotary Retorts by Terry Heyliger, JBT Madera, California.

JBT’s newest Unifiller expected to revolutionize filling speeds


JBT Corporation has announced the market debut of the new High Capacity Filler-Closer Unifiller, a system featuring technology capable of introducing liquids or foods to metal cans and glass or plastic bottles at up to 1500 CPM.

The technology, which includes a newly designed filler based on the Unifiller valve principle, combines the excellent fill accuracy and Clean-In-Place (CIP) features of the Unifiller line, but adds superior speeds and sets a new standard in terms of hygienic design.

While providing all the outstanding features of the range, previous Unifiller systems have been limited to speeds of 750-1000 CPM, depending on container size and product filled.


The new version of the equipment is capable of speeds of up to 1500 CPM and can fill metal cans – in conjunction with the JBT high capacity closer – as well as glass and plastic bottles.

Douglas Woodruff, Director of Global Research & Development for JBT’s Liquid Foods business unit, said: “The new Unifiller will fill both metal cans as well as glass and plastic bottles. The markets best served with this technology include milk, nutraceuticals, juices with particles, coffee drinks, sweetened condensed milk, and canned beans.”

Woodruff revealed that three of the new Unifillers had already been sold for delivery in 2017 to major liquid foods processors in the US, Asia and South America, while further orders are expected to be confirmed early in the New Year.

Learn more about the JBT Unifiller