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Award-winning JBT SeamTec on show at Anuga FoodTec 2018

JBT’s SeamTec can closer, a radical new approach to delivering a seamer for high-value powders and recent recipient of an award from ‘International Dairy Magazine’ will be among an extensive range of innovations being highlighted by the JBT’s Liquid Foods team at Anuga FoodTec 2018.

The new seamer was launched to address increased demand for better hygiene, quick and easy cleaning, and ever-increasing regulatory requirements for infant formula.

The SeamTec closer, already part of the JBT product mix, is the perfect complement to the breadth of products added to the JBT portfolio following the acquisition of PLF International Powder Filling Systems in 2017; an acquisition which has enabled JBT to offer customers a complete powder line solution with global customer care.

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Customer demand
For decades, the design of can seamers for high value infant formula powders in cans has remained basically unchanged. Seamers for powder were essentially standard seamers designed for liquid applications, with some minor adaptations to accommodate the handling of lithographed, large diameter cans and covers that are typical for infant formula.

DOWNLOAD JBT’s White Paper on the SeamTec seamer technology

Today, these machines no longer give an adequate response to the specific requirements of the infant formula powder industry. Driven by ever increasing regulatory requirements, infant formula canners demand the highest level of hygienic design, no exposed lubricants, easy and quick cleaning, compliance with the highest explosion safety standards, prevention of foreign particles and absolute product safety.

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Radical approach
Therefore, JBT took a radically new approach and designed a seamer specifically for the packaging of high value powders. We worked closely together with leading infant formula producers to understand their specific requirements in terms of hygienic design, operation in an inert gas environment, hygiene, and operator and product safety, and developed a machine that meets all these requirements at a reasonable cost. The system all but guarantees no exposed lubricants, no powder spillage, high-hygienic design and a foreign particle prevention system.

The unique SeamTec closer sets a new standard in the industry and makes the JBT SeamTec closer the most advanced seamer for powder currently available. Since its introduction, industry leaders like Nestlé, Wyeth, Mead Johnson, Abbott and FrieslandCampina have embraced the JBT SeamTec closer technology.

The JBT SeamTec closer will be among the product solutions being showcased by JBT in Hall 9.1, Stand A080 C099 at Anuga FoodTec 2018, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from March 20-23.

JBT launches redesign of flagship website

JBT, one of the world’s leading solutions providers for the food and beverage processing industries, has announced the comprehensive relaunch of its online presence, with the introduction of a redesigned flagship website at

To better accommodate a range of solutions that includes not just core JBT products, but also innovations from its global businesses and subsidiaries, the website has been thoroughly redesigned to help customers find the right products for their needs with minimum effort.

The site is now easily searchable for products and solutions, while those better known under subsidiary brand names – such as Avure Technologies or A&B Process Systems – are now simple to locate. Additionally, solutions have now been divided into market segments in order to make searches by specialist processors, whether that be of baby food or ready meals, that much easier.

For those customers, seeking to upgrade, service or replace old machinery or parts, there is also a dedicated customer care section that will make ordering and reordering more straightforward. JBT’s dedication to research and innovation is highlighted via a dropdown menu that includes research White Papers and product videos.

To complete the redesigned platform, a new section has been added for news and JBT events, which includes updates for investors, product and event news, plus customer case studies on the JBT Liquid Foods Blog.

Carlos Saavedra, JBT’s Global Marketing Manager for Liquid Foods, explained that the new JBT site had been completely revised and redesigned to make it more user-friendly, robust and easier to navigate.

“We have added easier navigation tools for customers to be able to find products and
solutions,” he said. “The aim is to help customers understand that JBT is much more than just an equipment supplier by grouping together products to provide complete solutions for end users. Through the new site, it is now easier to see how certain products fit together to deliver an overall solution.”

JBT makes further gains in global fresh produce sector

JBT’s range of high-speed labelers and high quality wax coatings are finding increasing favor with fresh produce growers and exporters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, thanks to an emphasis on reliability, accuracy and suitability for long transit. This was one of the key findings from JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica 2018 in February, which JBT is aiming to develop further at upcoming shows later in the year.

Looking back on JBT’s participation at Fruit Logistica 2018, which took place in Berlin, Germany’s Messe Berlin conference center, JBT Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies John Siddle said the success at the show provided a strong platform for the rest of the year.

(l-r) JBT’s John Siddle, Robert Goetz, Kalid Saou and Francisco Peris

“We had a good show and obtained several solid leads, which we are in the process of turning into sales,” he recalls. “Fruit Logistica is always a good show for us because we’re growing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Siddle says visitors to the JBT booth showed particular interest in two products that are well suited to the needs of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters – the G3 Labeler and the Endura-Fresh (9000 and QDP) line of coatings.

Effective solutions
A high-speed produce labeler that is capable of handling 13 pieces of fruit a second, the G3 Labeler also has an accuracy rate of over 95%, putting it well above many rival systems currently available.

JBT’s range of wax coatings for fruits has also attracted attention at produce events thanks to a capacity to maintain products in optimum appearance even after long periods in transit.

Endura-Fresh 9000 is a natural coating that is allowed in all areas of the world, and is JBT’s best-performing coating for long trade transit in terms of arrivals appearance and quality. The coating is notable for its superior weight loss control and shine even over long distances.

Endura-Fresh Quick Dry Poly (QDP), which is a polyethylene-based coating, is a more cost effective option for countries where the material is permitted. Also capable of effectively preserving fruit during long journeys, QDP has recently increased its market share in both South Africa and Europe.

Overall a successful show, Siddle added that JBT’s appearance at Fruit Logistica had provided a strong base to build on for produce fairs later in the year, notably Fruit Attraction 2018, which takes place in Madrid, Spain from October 23-25.

JBT Liquid Foods exhibits at California’s largest food processing trade show

JBT will be showcasing its full Liquid Foods range, including new additions, to food and beverage processors large and small at California’s biggest trade event for the industry, the super-regional California League of Food Processors Expo 2018, held at the Sacramento Convention Center from February 21-22. 

As the largest show of its kind in the US’ most populous state, the event offers JBT the opportunity to catch up with existing customers and build relationships with potential new ones, while at the same time highlighting recent innovations from JBT Liquid Foods.

The expo also offers a useful forum for expanding knowledge about issues affecting food processing in the form of multiple workshops held over two days on the trade show floor.

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The California League of Food Producers (CLFP) has been the voice and the advocate for California’s food producing industry since 1905, representing the interests of both large and small food processors and beverage producers throughout the state. Each year, the CLFP holds its annual Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, CA, which attracts many food processing industry leaders, among more than 270 exhibitors and 2500 attendees.


JBT’s North America Director of Sales, Donn Sabato, said JBT’s presence at the event was expected to help reinforce current client relationships and bring on board new customers.

“As JBT, we serve the majority of the industry leaders expected to be present whom we would be delighted to receive at our booth,” he said.

“The show will enable us to further build relationships with the food processing leaders and begin establishing a relationship with potential new customers, while also promoting the JBT Liquid Foods range, including innovations such as the JBT SP-20 EV Extended Vacuum Kit.”

JBT will be exhibiting at the California League of Food Processors Expo 2018 in Booth #526 from February 21-22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

READYGo d-LIMONENE helps Spanish juice company add value

Zumosol is one of the best known orange juice brands on the Spanish market, easily recognizable to shoppers in supermarkets and grocery stores up and down the country for its quality. But a far less well known – but significant – fact about Zumosol brand owner Zumos Palma is it has emerged as an innovator in the extraction of valuable citrus byproduct d-Limonene, thanks to a long-standing collaboration with JBT.

Part of Turkey-based multinational Toksöz Group since its separation from former parent company Leche Pascual in 2013, Zumos Palma is based in Palma del Río in the southern, Andalusian province of Cordoba. Some 90% of the business is focused on orange juice, of which around 40% juice extracted from the annual 120,000 tonnes processed by the factory is sold under the Zumosol brand.

As managing director Juan Martinez explains, Zumos Palma has maintained a long-term, fruitful relationship with JBT since the Spanish business was initially established in 2003.

“We have had a long relationship with JBT, stretching right back to the establishment of Zumos Palma,” he says. “In our factory, the whole process of juice extraction and gathering of by-products takes place using JBT products.

“Virtually all of the equipment we use comes from JBT, from the receipt of fruit to the extraction of juice, and the recovery of by-products such as d-Limonene and fruit pulp takes place using JBT technology.”

Adding value
When Martinez joined Zumos Palma in 2013, he had already become aware of the interest d-Limonene was receiving as a product in the juice sector and its potential worth, and decided to install the firm’s first READYGo d-LIMONENE system. “Since we installed it, the unit has functioned very well – it’s easy to use and the results have been very positive to such a degree that in 2017 we decided to install a second unit,” he recalls.

“We also carried out a study into the economic results delivered by the technology, and from a financial point of view they have been very positive.”


The second machine, Martinez continues, is being installed with a slightly different focus in mind. Whereas the first READYGo d-LIMONENE unit was used to recover d-Limonene from the emulsion derived from the orange juice extraction process, the second will be used to recover d-Limonene by pressing orange peel.

The recovered d-Limonene, says Martinez, is sold primarily to companies working in the perfume industry, as well as for use as aromas.

“The READYGo d-LIMONENE enables us to put a value on a product that until now was not recovered, meaning your results as a business can become more attractive because it is an additional value that you are able to extract from the fruit,” he concludes.

How JBT R&D is revolutionizing Retort and Rotary

Proving customers with greater flexibility in continuous sterilization is an ongoing challenge for Rick Wilson, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Retort & Rotary, when it comes to developing new systems and solutions that meet customer needs. Wilson, who oversees research and development in the segment, says the primary focus has been on systems that not only achieve faster sterilization, but which also improve product quality and throughput.

As well as being responsible for technical sales support, Wilson and his team are focused on both developing new products and improving existing systems in JBT’s rotary and retort product portfolio.

On the rotary side, key products are the Rotary Pressure Sterilizer – which is primarily for round metal cans that require pressurised sterilisation – and the Rotary Atmospheric Sterilizer for sterilizing high acid products, such as peppers in brine or tomatoes in sauce.

JBT’s Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer

Retort meanwhile has two main product areas – those which use a static process for products that do not benefit from agitation such as tuna in a pouch, and those which do, such as dairy.

In the second category, JBT has a system – unique in the market – called the SuperAgi Agitating Batch Retort, a patented product, which makes use of spray nozzles mounted inside the reel; a feature that offers superior temperature distribution compared to other agitating  retorts.

The SuperAgi Agitating Batch Retort: proven JBT designs allow for easy maintenance


JBT’s strategy
Wilson says JBT’s strategy is to develop systems that improve the quality of the product being sterilized, while at the same time increasing throughput.

“There are primarily two ways to do that,” he explains. “You either heat the product quicker (to sterilization temperature) and/or you cool the product quicker. All of what we are looking to develop are ways of compressing that cycle. By doing that, generally food quality is increased and throughput is increased because you can process more in a given day.”

JBT currently has several products in development that it is hoped will help achieve these aims by  both increasing capacity and shortening the overall process. These, Wilson reveals, involve either optimizing the agitation process or combining different, complementary technologies. “The challenge is being able to heat the product up very quickly, so we are looking at technologies that allow us to do that,” he says. “These products are on our horizon for 2018.”

JBT’s other focus, Wilson continues, is examining the possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) for delivering a more complete picture of the operation and through analytics improve the overall efficiency of the canning line. “Customers are looking for flexibility in continuous sterilisation and that’s what we are trying to achieve,” he adds.


Pressed Juicery and JBT: a fresh success story

California-based Pressed Juicery is a business that has had a long association with JBT’s juicing range. Beginning first with two Fresh’n Squeeze machines at a modest facility in West Los Angeles, the company has experienced exponential growth in every year since its inception, and in the process has substantially expanded it’s juicing systems. In an exclusive article, Mike Stokes, Vice President of Operations at Pressed Juicery explains how Pressed Juicery’s relationship with JBT has been a key factor in its growth and success, and why the companies continue to work closely to the present day.

Pressed Juicery is a leading cold-pressed juice company with the mission of making high nutrition a realistic option for everyone. To do this, we make products that are delicious, nutritious, accessible, affordable and for everyone. Pressed Juicery started as a passion project born in a 22-square foot broom closet in West Los Angeles that was founded by three friends whose lives had all been positively impacted by the power of juice. Today, the brand has over 70 locations through California, New York, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii and Massachusetts, and offers national shipping to all 50 states.

Pressed Juicery’s products include cold-pressed juices; Freeze, a revolutionary soft serve made from just fruits, nuts and vegetables; functional 2 oz. shots; and Heat, a line of superfood lattes. The company’s products were created with their customers in mind, proving that health, great taste and affordability can all exist together.

Right partnership
Pressed Juicery’s relationship with JBT first began in the early days of the business. The company was growing rapidly and we needed to relocate into a larger manufacturing plant.

We were looking for a scalable process but it was also paramount to us to maintain our quality. It was imperative that we provide our customers with great-tasting, safe citrus juices.

This then triggered the manufacturing team to evaluate its current processes. We realized we needed a better method of juicing our citrus. In the current process we were peeling our citrus and then pressing them on a good nature press. The manufacturing team knew we wanted to go to a juice extractor but didn’t have enough volume.

Some of the manufacturing team members had previous experience with JBT and were confident this would be the right partnership to deliver the best product. We determined the Fresh’n Squeeze model would fit our needs.


Ongoing support
When Pressed Juicery relocated its manufacturing plant to Central California we started with two Fresh’n Squeeze machines. We juiced our lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, and blood oranges. This was a major upgrade from hand peeling every piece of citrus.

Pressed Juicery has experienced exponential growth since inception. As our business continued to expand and enter different markets we realized we needed to upgrade our Fresh’n Squeeze machines to a citrus extractor. We could no longer keep juicing on the small Fresh’n Squeeze machine to keep up with demand.

JBT has provided a level of expertise on the citrus side that has benefited the entire team. They have been able to support us throughout our journey and have provided guidance in ensuring our extraction equipment provides the best quality product. Their maintenance team has ensured our machine is running efficiently at all times. JBT touches many areas of our operations and it’s nice to have a single source for business discussions around our citrus processes.

We believe we have just scratched the surface with JBT. They are an innovative company that is paving the way in new processes, and our partnership will lead us to different projects around juicing. I believe as we continue to grow and expand JBT will be there as a resource to help us determine the best equipment for our operations.

Further information about Pressed Juicery, its range of products and ordering details can be found at

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