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JBT innovations to take centerstage at Argentina Citrus seminar

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Improved juice, pulp and essential oil extraction, as well as innovative solutions for tracking shipments and virtually integrating machinery will be among the key topics discussed at a JBT Citrus Seminar in Argentina to be held on 26 November in the city of Tucumán. Aimed at both existing customers and newcomers alike, the event will cover a range of subjects of interest to citrus processors, from methods for pulp recovery to the use of JBT’s proprietary iOPs® gateway technology for improved monitoring of production processes. 

“We will be looking at best practices in extraction and processing systems from JBT, but also will be including additional content that will be useful to participants,” says Januário Soligon, Director of Sales & Service for JBT Liquid Foods in South America.

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Technological solutions
This content will include an overview of EEAOC’s structure and services available to the Argentinian citrus sector delivered by leading Tucumán-based researcher Dr Hernán Salas, and an examination of barriers adopted to prevent the spread of Greening in the region from Pablo Padilla, president of the ACNOA citrus producers’ association. 

Technological solutions will be a central focus of the seminar, with a look at recent JBT innovations now available in Argentina. This will include an overview of SafeTraces, a new alliance partner of JBT’s, which specializes in innovative solutions for tracking produce shipments worldwide. 

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The potential offered by the iOPS platform, which collects data in real time from inter-connected equipment and machinery  enabling customers to make timely decisions, will be featured. In the process, the iOPS gateway can improve the overall efficiency of operations, allowing for the detection of potential issues before they become problems. “Having an iOPS gateway in place provides customers with much more information on processes and accurate data on performance and efficiency, helping them to take better day-to-day decisions,” adds Soligon.

Tangible benefits
Pulp recovery systems will also be examined at the seminar, including a look at how the separated pulp can be filled aseptically into containers. The system, explains Soligon, can deliver real, tangible benefits to customers by enabling them to get more out of the same volume of fruit.

Oil recovery will also be a key topic with a look at the recently-launched fourth generation of the successful MORE (Modular Oil Recovery Equipment) system, which includes new, automated features to make life easier for the operator, plus there will be a look at another JBT alliance partner, IceGen, and their rapid freezing solutions for safe transportations of juice, puree and pulp.

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JBT’s PRoCARE: helping keep HPP downtime to a minimum

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Being able to maximize efficiency is essential for any company using High Pressure Processing (HPP) from JBT Avure to increase shelf life and ensure food safety, which is why downtime must be kept to a minimum. This is where a PRoCARE program from JBT Avure comes into play. 

With PRoCARE, equipment is inspected and maintained per the manufacturing standards to optimize performance and maintenance technicians receive on-going training.  Maintenance employee turnover is an issue customers are faced with around the globe.  With the training offered as part of PRoCARE, employees will be kept current with the required maintenance practices.

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Preventative maintenance
The System Uptime Review Evaluation (SURE) from JBT Avure is one way of guarding against unnecessary HPP downtime and is available to Avure customers – free for the first year – as part of JBT’s PRoCARE preventative maintenance program.

As Tim Boyle, JBT Avure’s Director of Customer Care for HPP, explains, SURE focuses on carrying out a full visual inspection of machinery, measuring pre-stress levels and making sure all components are working at maximum efficiency. Another key element to the SURE inspection is ensuring all aspects of the HPP safety systems are working properly and customer personnel are following the correct safety protocols.     

“Safety is one of our main concerns in everything we do.  When you are running machines at 87,000 psi, we need to be sure the safety systems continue to perform as they were designed”, says Boyle. “HPP is a growing technology in the food industry and we want to ensure that it maintains its reputation for safety in terms of the food our customer’s process as well was with the operation of our equipment” he emphasizes.

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Identifying problems
SURE allows JBT technicians to identify areas where maintenance is not being performed properly, even finding instances where customers are prematurely discarding thousands of dollars of parts which could easily be re-lapped and reused. “With the maintenance employee turnover issues our customers face, we often find that new employees don’t fully understand the maintenance requirements and how to perform the work.  This level of uncertainty can lead to less efficient work time and more machine downtime,” explains Boyle.

“Through the PRoCARE program’s combination of the SURE inspection and immediate training, we can identify areas of improvement and spend time training both new and existing employees.  This real time feedback is extremely effective in showing not just what needs to be done on the machine, but why it is important.”

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The PRoCARE package of the SURE inspection and three days’ maintenance training is now included free for the first year when purchasing a new Avure HPP machine. For those customers that would like further support, JBT Avure can customize a PRoCARE Level 2 package to meet their specific needs. These options can be service visits from Avure technicians, custom parts kits for easy ordering, parts discounts, emergency service discounts and also the JBT iOPS (our internet of things) portal for enhanced machine reporting. “Our goal is to become an integral part of our customer’s success through exceptional customer service,” adds Boyle.

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FTNON Open Days to showcase fresh-cut solutions

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JBT FTNON will showcase several of its groundbreaking innovations developed to improve food safety, hygiene and processing efficiency for fresh-cut salad and vegetable producers at a series of Open Days taking place at the company’s facility in Almelo, the Netherlands from November 11-15 2019.

Visitors to the Open Days will be able to view demonstrations of solutions including the CoreTakr® Flex and the CoreTakr® Iceberg for safe, efficient robotic de-coring of iceberg lettuce, cabbage and other products. The Bell pepper de-corer (SPD-200) removes the unpleasant and time-consuming task of having to core bell peppers manually, while improving productivity and yield in the process. 

The Magnetic Onion Peeler (MOP-200) – developed by FTNON in collaboration with Gills Onions and the American USDA – reduces the costs of maintenance and is able to process up to 120 onions per minute by using frictionless permanent super magnetism, eliminating the need for wires, tubes, belts and springs. 

FTNON’s washing and drying lines include the Super Batch Centrifuge SBC, a solution which has been especially developed for drying fragile salads by evenly dividing the pieces around a centrifuge in a conical drum. The system’s easy-to-clean, hygienic design helps ensure less product damage and at the same time reduces energy costs and the overall footprint. 

The Open Days will also feature demonstrations of JBT FTNON alliances and JBT’s new IoT software platform known as iOPS®.

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JBT Fresh Produce Technologies celebrates landmark 90th anniversary

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JBT’s recent appearance at two of 2019’s most prominent produce trade events – Fruit Attraction 2019 in Madrid, Spain and PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California – was made even more significant by the fact that JBT’s Fresh Produce Technologies (FPT) business unit is this year celebrating its landmark 90th anniversary. 

It is an achievement that John Siddle, JBT’s FPT Global Product Line Director, describes as a testament to the enduring quality of JBT solutions. “We’re excited about being in business for 90 years,” he says. “It speaks to the quality of what we produce and the longevity of our organization.”

From founder John Bean’s invention of a continuous spray pump to battle scale in his almond orchards through to the introduction of the world’s first continuous rotary pressure sterilizer for processing low acid foods such as vegetables, the development of FPT can be traced through the history of JBT. 

This commitment to developing new FPT solutions has continued with the Endura-Fresh™ line of coatings and the Freshgard™ decay control range, which can help improve product appearance, shelf-life, and guard against weight loss. More recently, JBT has brought on board two companies that can offer innovative solutions in fresh-cut machinery and produce packaging – FTNON and Proseal – both of which featured at PMA Fresh Summit 2019 and Fruit Attraction 2019.

According to John Siddle, much of this continued success can be traced to JBT’s technical expertise, which has allowed the company to adapt to the changing needs of the produce sector.

In particular, he says JBT’s FPT business has grown significantly over the past 20 years, almost doubling in size as a result of a move into produce labelling, fruit coatings and a focus on natural and water-based products. 

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Global expansion
The growth in the FPT business unit over the past two decades can be traced back to the outbreak of citrus greening in JBT’s former core market for juice extractors, Florida, which prompted a shrinking of the industry and a move of much of the production to California. “We saw growth opportunities for other FPT solutions in other parts of the US and we have made strides forward with that,” says Siddle. These solutions included the introduction of the JBT Tall Bin Scrubber, which has become a valued tool for field bin sanitization and the Freshgard® Chemtrol Programmable Controller for safe, reliable and low-cost control of the pH and sanitizer level in re-circulating water systems.

However, another major factor was JBT’s desire to develop its FPT market share outside the bounds of the US by taking the solutions and technologies to customers worldwide. “We’re now a whole lot more global than we were 20 years ago and we keep expanding,” adds Siddle who identifies the Middle East and Asia as two key growth markets for the years to come.

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JBT HPP Seminars to visit Japan and Brazil

The advantages of using JBT Avure’s innovative High Pressure Processing (HPP) solutions for food and beverage processors, which can extend shelf-life and neutralize harmful bacteria without compromising on flavor or product quality, will be highlighted at HPP seminars in Japan and Brazil in late October-early November for both existing and new customers. 

The JBT Technical Seminar, ‘HPP – How it Works’, which earlier in October visited Melbourne, Australia, will focus on both current applications – juice, beverages and dairy – and newer success stories, including ready-to-eat and minimally processed foods.

Customers in Tokyo, Japan will have the chance to learn about the benefits of HPP on October 25 at the JASSO Center in Odaiba, where the event will feature customer success stories and an update on applications and packaging requirements from JBT Avure’s Dr. Errol Raghubeer.

On November 6, the Seminar will move to the Hotel Comfort Suites, Campinas, Brazil where delegates will hear about the potential of HPP technology to help food processors develop clean label products with an extended shelf life. Speakers will include Willie Brand, CEO of HPPSA, the biggest HPP tolling center in South Africa. 

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JBT technologies ready for CibusTec innovation showcase

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From solutions for ready meal production to fresh-cut salads, JBT will be showcasing its full range of food and beverage innovations at the upcoming CibusTec 2019, the food technology exhibition taking place in Parma, Italy from October 22-25. In particular, CibusTec will provide JBT with an opportunity to highlight some of the newest additions to the JBT family, including powder filling specialist PLF International, fresh-cut innovator FTNON and tray sealing solutions provider Proseal.

One of the key areas covered will be prepared foods and the related sauces and dressings segment. JBT has become a well-known name in the industry, providing process kitchen solutions that range in size from individual tanks/processors to high value design-builds. Similarly, JBT SF&DS offers a comprehensive range of processing and packaging solutions to extend shelf life of ambient, shelf stable and refrigerated dairy products and food.

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JBT is also a leading global solutions provider for the juice and beverage industry. From primary processing to final retail packaging, JBT’s complete line solutions for juices, non-carbonated beverages and dairy-based drinks will be another major focus for CibusTec.

However, it will not just be established solutions on show, as some of JBT’s recently-integrated companies will also share the limelight. Among them, JBT Proseal will showcase its advanced tray sealing solutions that satisfy the needs of a wide variety of products and applications including the increased focus on sustainable packaging, while JBT FTNON will highlight its range of state-of-the-art technology, including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems, for the fresh-cut salad and prepared vegetable industries.

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Also featured will be JBT PLF International, the worldwide market leader in the design and manufacture of vacuum filling machines for any powder or granular product into a rigid container, which are built to facilitate the stringent demands of food and beverage processors.

JBT will be appearing at CibusTec 2019 in Pavilion 5, Stands 036 and 042 at the Fiere di Parma exhibition center, Parma, Italy from October 22-25.

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JBT to showcase complete produce solutions portfolio at Fruit Attraction

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JBT will be using its presence at the Fruit Attraction 2019 trade exhibition, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from October 22-24, to highlight recent innovations for the fresh produce sector, as part of an overall portfolio of solutions aimed at supporting the whole supply chain. This year’s edition will also feature recently-integrated JBT companies FTNON and Proseal who will be highlighting innovations in fresh-cut machinery and fruit packaging.

Among the solutions being showcased on the JBT stand will be the new Quick Dry Poly Supreme, part of the Endura-Fresh range of conventional and organic coatings. A quick-drying wax capable of maintaining fruit freshness and flavor, Quick Dry Poly Supreme is the result of advanced coatings research and cutting-edge technology.

The Endura-Fresh line of coatings and the Freshgard® decay control range can help improve product appearance, shelf-life, and guard against weight loss. These solutions are not only effective, but also benefit from an unequalled worldwide support network.

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Building momentum
At Fruit Attraction, John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, says JBT will focus on creating awareness that JBT can now offer solutions for almost the whole fresh produce sector; a proposition that has recently increased with the integration of fresh-cut machinery specialist FTNON and packaging innovator Proseal. In fact, Fruit Attraction 2019 will mark the first time that Proseal will be exhibiting as an integral part of JBT. 

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Siddle said: “Following success in the Middle East and North Africa, JBT is aiming to build momentum for its portfolio in the Spanish and European markets, with a particular focus on fruit coasting and postharvest systems, as well as the ability of FTNON and Proseal tray sealing solutions to turn commodities into value-added products.”

JBT’s booth will once again this year feature the participation of Laser Food, creator of Natural Branding® laser-labelling technology. “Large European distribution chains demand from their suppliers methods that are more respectful of the environment and, above all, that they provide alternative packaging solutions to plastic, so what better packaging can there be than the fruit’s own skin,” said Laser Food Managing Director Jaime Sanfelix.

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JBT’s presence at Fruit Attraction 2019 comes after the company’s Fresh Produce Technologies (FPT) product line recently celebrated its 90th anniversary; a landmark achievement that serves to highlight the progress made by JBT in the produce sector over many years. “We’re excited about being in business for 90 years – it speaks to the quality of what we produce and the longevity of our organization,” adds Siddle. “Our technical expertise has allowed us to adapt to the changing needs of the produce sector.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2019 in Hall 6, Stand 6D08 from October 22-24 at the Feria de Madrid exhibition center, Madrid, Spain.

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