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JBT, SafeTraces & TORR Industries bring innovations to Food Processing Expo

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JBT and industry allies SafeTraces and TORR Industries are highlighting technological innovations for effective traceability, filling and other solutions at the 2020 edition of the California League of Food Producers’ (CLFP) Food Processing Expo, which takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center until February 13. 

California’s largest food processing trade show, the Food Processing Expo features a dynamic array of speakers and workshops, and a Food Processing Technology Showcase on the show floor. As well as highlighting JBT’s wide range of solutions for food processors, the event is also providing an opportunity to highlight innovations from two of JBT’s most recent allies, SafeTraces and TORR Industries. 

SafeTraces
JBT and SafeTraces – a leading food safety and traceability solutions provider – announced a global alliance in July 2019 to integrate SafeTraces’ breakthrough, patented DNA-based technologies into JBT’s solutions portfolio for worldwide distribution. The strategic alliance is focused on incorporating SafeTraces’ groundbreaking food safety and traceability technology into JBT FoodTech businesses, including fresh produce technologies, fresh-cut technologies, and coating equipment solutions, enabling rapid verification of sanitation processes and item-level tracking and tracing of food materials.

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TORR Industries
California-based TORR Industries became a JBT ally in September 2019, with the aim of bringing TORR’s versatile fillers to companies handling everything from wines and juices to coffee concentrates all across the globe. Through the non-exclusive Sales Representation Agreement, JBT now represents TORR’s low and high-acid aseptic and sanitary liquid filling systems for bags, pouches, and bulk-containers with fill fitments globally, covering applications for products within the liquid foods, fruit and vegetable, dairy, wine, tomato sauce, and ready-to-eat sauce categories. 

Based in Shasta County, Northern California, TORR is the leader in high output wine bag fillers in the US market, but with an international presence that includes installations for coconut milk in Malaysia and crushed pineapple in the Philippines.

JBT will be exhibiting at Booth #1131, along with SafeTraces at Booth #310 and TORR Industries at Booth #1129 at CLFP Food Processing Expo 2020 which takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara CA until February 13.

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JBT showcases complete produce solution capability at Fruit Logistica 2020

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JBT is bringing a range of complete solutions for fresh produce growers and processors to Fruit Logistica 2020, the world’s largest trade exhibition for the produce sector, which include systems for making fresh-cut processing more efficient and hygienic, and tray sealing technologies that can improve shelf-life and add value to fruits and vegetables.

According to John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, a key focus for this year’s Fruit Logistica will be on creating awareness that JBT is able to provide a complete solution for the fresh produce sector, including its entire line capability. “We will be presenting our integrated approach to the produce industry with two of the newer additions to the JBT family – FTNON and Proseal,” he says. “The solutions provided by both companies have the ability to turn commodities into value-added products.”

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Pancho Purroy, EMENA Sales & Accounts Manager, Citrus & Juice Processing Technologies and Sales Manager, Liquid Foods Iberia, says: “For over 100 years JBT has been a major innovator in food preservation technology. JBT believes it is essential to continue innovating and deploying food and beverage preservation solutions as it is proven that ambient shelf-stable foods and extended shelf-life refrigerated foods show a reduction in waste and consequently a positive contribution to the sustainability of our food supply systems.”

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Sealing innovations
Proseal, which became part of JBT in June 2019, will be showcasing tray sealing solutions for fruit growers and processors on its own dedicated Proseal stand. The tray sealing specialist will demonstrate two tray sealers that highlight the wide choice of models available – the semi-automatic Proseal GTR and automatic inline Proseal GT4s – along with its unique ProTest seal quality testing system that enables companies to determine the ideal seal and peel strength for individual products. In addition, a chilled display cabinet will feature the many different types of tray formats for which Proseal can provide a sealing solution.

Among the many advanced features of the GT4s, ProMotion technology improves speeds by up to 30% using following motion and intelligent buffering technology to enable trays to feed continuously into the sealer without stopping. Eseal® ensures excellent seal reliability with an increased seal force of 200% while achieving a 92% reduction in energy usage to deliver valuable cost savings and sustainability benefits.

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Improved efficiency
JBT FTNON will showcase groundbreaking innovations developed to improve food safety, hygiene and processing efficiency for fresh-cut salad and vegetable producers during the event, including the CoreTakr® Flex and the CoreTakr® Iceberg for safe, efficient robotic de-coring of iceberg lettuce, cabbage and other products. FTNON will also highlight the Bell pepper de-corer (SPD-200) which removes the time-consuming task of having to core bell peppers manually, while improving productivity and yield, and the Magnetic Onion Peeler (MOP-200); a solution which is able to process up to 120 onions per minute by using frictionless permanent super magnetism.

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Food safety
Among the noteworthy companies exhibiting at Fruit Logistica 2020 will be JBT ally SmartWash Solutions, which provides innovative food safety systems for fresh-cut produce processors. SmartWash Solutions, which agreed a Europe-wide alliance with JBT in August 2019, is the company behind the Pinpoint Process Control™ solution for food processing wash water systems; an innovation which mitigates cross contamination while improving food safety. Following success in the US with Taylor Farms, SmartWash is currently trialing the technology with multiple leading fresh-cut suppliers across Europe.

JBT including SmartWash Solutions will be exhibiting at Hall 3.1, Stand D-03 and Proseal at Hall 7.1B, Stand B-04 at Fruit Logistica 2020 at the Messe Berlin conference center, Berlin, Germany until February 7, 2020.

Glass Filling Technology Day delivers industry overview

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Industry delegates from across Europe took part in JBT Belgium’s Glass Filling Technology Day, a two part event consisting of an interactive tour of a JBT manufacturing site and it’s Processing Technology Center and a seminar where they heard expert opinions and predictions from some of the leading manufacturers in the sector, which took place on January 21 2020 at JBT Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

“We had about 20 participants from all over Europe, from the juice industry to baby foods to co-packers,” said Ben Verbeeck, JBT’s Marketing Coordinator for the site, and Global CRM Coordinator for Liquid Foods. “The seminar featured presentations covering technological solutions for the glass industry and the challenges it faces, which were very well received, and in the afternoon delegates were given an interactive tour of our factory and Processing Technology Center at Sint Niklaas.

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Industry trends
A key element of the Glass Filling Technology Day was the presence of two external speakers of note: Wouter Blom from major glass manufacturer, Ardagh Group, who examined glass market trends and predictions for the industry looking forward; while the second was delivered by Alfredo Ziliotti from WAB srl, a container and cap rinser and sterilizer manufacturer. “Wouter Blom looked at consumer trends based on market research and what glass manufacturers will have to do to follow their customers,” said Verbeeck. “Alfredo Ziliotti from WAB SRL on the other hand looked at how his company’s technology can complement JBT solutions to form a complete bottle filling and capping line.”

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Interactive tour
Among the JBT solutions highlighted during the factory tour was a High Speed Rotary Filler Rinser line. Designed and built for a customer in Thailand looking to fill soy milk into glass bottles, delegates were shown how the system can handle 500 bottles per minute. “To demonstrate the filling process at real speeds, we had people at the end of the line gathering and emptying bottles and placing them back on the in-feed conveyor,” recalls Verbeeck.

“The feedback we received from delegates was that there was a very good balance between the academic content and the walk on the factory floor. It was also a very good event for networking, while we had a professional cameraman filming both the presentations and the facility visit.”

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JBT to highlight sustainable processing solutions at ProPak Philippines

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Food safety, nutrition and resource efficiency are key topics across the developing world, and this is especially true of the Philippines, where a fast growing population – approaching 109 million – and a significantly increasing per capita GDP are driving demand for improved food production solutions. JBT is at the forefront of this development and has been providing solutions that help food industry leaders meet the call for better food and beverage options.

A number of these innovations will be highlighted by JBT as part of its presence at this year’s ProPak Philippines, which takes place from February 5-7 at the World Trade Center, Manila. According to John Javier, JBT’s Sales Manager for Liquid Foods in the Philippines, the event will provide JBT with an opportunity to showcase proven and trusted solutions as well as new technologies for the Philippine food and beverage industry. 

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He said: “JBT will feature its large portfolio of solutions, including the Static Retort – Steam Water Spray™ (SWS), the Sterideal® HX Coil, Rotary and Linear Filling solutions, High Pressure Processing (HPP) from JBT Avure, FTNON Fruit and Vegetable Processing, and Fruit and Juice Processing Technologies.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Stand K28 at Propak Philippines 2020 from February 5-7, 2020 in the World Trade Centre Metro Manila, Pasay City, The Philippines.

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JBT announces FDA-approved course for exporters and thermal processing course

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JBT Mexico has announced two courses focusing on ensuring FDA-compliant, safe thermal processing, theory and application of thermal processing systems, data collection technics and container sealing for low acid, acidified and aseptic foods for export as part of the JBT Technical School 2020, which will be staged in the City of Puebla. Focused on helping processors dealing with batch and in-flow operations, the courses will help ensure companies meet USDA and FSIS regulations; vital when it comes to exporting to the US.

Taking place at JBT Puebla from May 11-15, the Thermal Processing Academy will examine some of the most important questions related to the thermal treatment of food products, paying special attention to critical food safety parameters, heat treatment and quality considerations for batch (canning) and in-flow (aseptic) processes. Ideal for plant engineers, line operators and supervisors, food technicians and quality control personnel, the course will cover a range of topics vital to the successful thermal processing of canned and aseptic products.

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For processors of low acid and acidified foods that export or are seeking to export to the US, the FDA, USDA and FSIS-recognized Better Process Control (BCPS) is essential. Taking place at JBT Puebla from October 19-23, the BCPS offers professional certification for supervisors in the areas of acidification, plan sanitation, equipment, operation and instrumentation for thermal processing systems, aseptic processing and packaging systems and the evaluation of container sealing operations. Directed by FDA-approved, leading authorities in food processing, the course will look at how to successfully put in place Critical Control Points (CCPs) for thermal processing and examine how to achieve effective control of these crucial areas.

The Thermal Processing Academy will take place from May 11-15 and the Better Process Control School from October 19-23, 2020, both at JBT’s Puebla, Mexico facility.

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JBT announces one-day Glass Filling Technology Day conference and tour

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JBT will be staging a free-to-attend, one-day conference at its St Niklaas, Belgium facility on the international market for food and dairy products in glass containers. The Glass Filling Technology Day, which will take place on January 21, 2020, will focus on the critical filling stage, exploring solutions and technologies from JBT, as well as global trends and new developments in glass disinfection, rinsing and reheating.

Featuring expert JBT speakers plus presentations from companies actively involved in the glass filling industry, the event will also feature an exclusive tour of JBT’s manufacturing facility and technology center to view a High-Speed Rotary Rinser-Filler-Capper for soy-milk in glass bottles.

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JBT’s Ben Verbeeck said: “The Technology Day will include presentations not just from JBT, but also from bottle-sterilizing experts WAB on the latest developments in the industry and glass jar and bottle producer Ardagh Group on trends and prospects in glass packaging.”

This will be followed by a guided tour of the JBT St Niklaas facility in the afternoon and a look at the latest version of the High-Speed Rotary Rinser-Filler-Capper.”

The JBT Glass Filling Technology Day will take place at the Hotel Beveren, Beveren-Waas, Belgium on January 21, 2020. Attendance is free but space is limited, so please click the link below to secure your place.

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Blow Molding Controls Upgrade brings old technology into modern era

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JBT Food & Dairy Systems has been producing high quality blow holding machines for over 100 years under the SF&DS brand. Their reliability is such that machines produced in 1971 are still in service today, but the very fact of their age – with many installed over 50 years ago – means they typically contain obsolete hardware and software. However, JBT has introduced a new solution which will enable customers to continue to benefit from the machines’ quality and reliability, while bringing them into the modern age.

The Blow Molding Controls Upgrade replaces essential parts of the machinery as an interesting alternative to replacement, which resolves many of the problems encountered when using old systems, including lengthy breakdowns due to a lack of spare parts.

To overcome such challenges, the Blow Molding Controls Upgrade introduces a new controls system using state-of-the-art software, trending and remote support. By replacing the HMI terminal, processing computer, mold control boxes and IO modules, an old machine is brought up to a modern standard. The new controls system significantly reduces the risk of breakdowns, but should one take place, JBT can swiftly supply spare parts to limit downtime.

JBT’s BottleTec™: the modern version of the Extrusion Blow-Molder.

Cost-effective solution
“Many of these machines are still out in the field and are being used by companies to produce sterile plastic bottles, but because the control system is obsolete, the possibilities to repair them and keep them running are becoming fewer,” explains Auke Bouwense, JBT’s Customer Care Manager for Blow Molding and Filling Systems.

“There is trade-off between investment in repair and investment in a new machine. Replacing the control system is a very invasive operation, so we have developed the Blow Molding Controls Upgrade to manage that risk.”

JBT carried out its first installation of the new controls system during the summer months of 2019 and it has proven to be both cost-effective and efficient. “The system is up and running and has become a very good example of a successful development project,” says Bouwense. The customer now has a year-over-year strategy to convert the rest of their blow molding machines.”

“The Blow Molding Controls Upgrade makes an old system relevant again and the investment is a lot lower than if they had bought a new machine,” he adds.

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