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JBT set for Juice Products Association annual meeting

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JBT Corporation is set to participate in the upcoming Juice Products Association 2016 Annual Meeting; an event where representatives from juice companies from across the global industry will meet to discuss the latest trends and developments that impact the industry.

As an event sponsor and long-standing associate member of the association, JBT will participate in committee meetings and other events during the gathering, which takes place in Sanibel Harbour, Florida from May 15-18.

JBT’s global marketing manager for its Liquid Foods business, Carlos Saavedra, says the event will provide an opportunity for JBT to interact with customers and prospects, and get together with people from across the juice and ingredient industries.

“Most of our traditional citrus processing customers have been members of the Juice Products Association for years. The Juice Products Association network has also served as a platform for JBT to meet representatives from other companies in the juice processing spectrum,” he explains.

During the three-day conference, JBT will be holding breakfast meetings and staging dinner events with customers, potential customers, and other third parties in order to establish and strengthen its relationships.

Learn more about JBT’s citrus processing solutions

 

Quality, reliability and service key to JBT’s Africa-wide ambition

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The history of what became JBT South Africa in many ways reflects the development of the country in the years since the dismantling of the apartheid system. In December 1987, the South African subsidiary of JBT (then known as FMC Corporation) was divested by the company in response to calls from anti-apartheid campaigners and was subsequently bought by management.

Current managing director, Dirk VanWyk, entered the business in 1990 following the retirement of his father, a shareholder of the business, before taking over the reins a year later.

With the collapse of the apartheid regime during the subsequent decade, JBT reentered South Africa, acquiring its former subsidiary once again in 1999 and taking the business from strength to strength in the years that followed.

JBT South Africa’s current business includes the lease and sale of specialty systems for citrus processing and juice extraction, fresh produce technologies, and sterilization, filling and closing systems for canning companies in the country.

The company continues to be guided by Dirk VanWyk, who explains that the recent opening of a new South African pilot plant will help boost JBT South Africa’s reach and capabilities in not only its domestic market, but across the region.

What importance does South Africa as a market have for JBT?

Dirk VanWyk (DVW): South Africa is a good market for JBT in the sense that we make reasonable margins and we have our fair share of the market. In citrus processing, our market share is approximately 90% on leased machinery equipment, while on the canning sterilization side, we have close to 100% of the market. We also have a substantial share of the market for fresh produce technologies.

With the opening of JBT’s first technology center pilot plant in South Africa late last year, our customers are now able to put in special requests where they want to change or optimize a process to get the most out of their raw materials.

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Where do you see potential for further expansion?

DVW: I think Sub-Saharan Africa is still an untapped market for us. There is substantial competition from Chinese companies north of our borders, but we definitely see potential there.

Outside South Africa, JBT already has a presence in several African countries including Mozambique and Zambia. However, paperwork can be prohibitive and there are sometimes regulatory issues, so it can be a challenge to work in Africa.

The problem in Africa and South Africa is the lack of political stability and the difficulties in creating a climate for investment. One of our big hurdles is supply issues, where we don’t have enough electricity to grow the South African businesses. There’s a lot of investment that could come in here, but our power stations have not kept up with the requirements.

The exchange rate and events in developing markets also have an impact. The Chinese are going through a bad patch, so commodity prices are under pressure. As soon as gold and oil are under pressure, then the South African currency is under pressure. So that affects affordability as well.

However, in spite of having its challenges, we believe that Africa has the potential to grow and we want to be there.

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What further opportunities does the South African market offer?

DVW: I think we have our fair share of the South African market and most probably offer the best value. We want to be number one in the markets we serve in terms of technology and quality, while also offering the best value for your rand or dollar.

Service is a very important part of our offer – the fact that we can back-up our products makes a big difference.

For JBT, there is still big potential in South Africa. While there is likely to be slow growth in the citrus business, we can still gain some traction on the fresh produce technology side. We are also likely to see more growth in the sterilization business because the higher-speed lines are going to be the way of the future to make exports more efficient and competitive on world markets.

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What advantages can South African – and African – companies gain from working with JBT?

DVW: Number one is the technology and the product itself. FMC and JBT have been long renowned for their absolute top quality. If you look at citrus extraction, we are probably more expensive than our competitors, but our yields are much better.

We offer extremely good service, back-up and spares. Our technology centers are exceptional. We have technology centers in South America, North America and Spain, and we have recently opened our first pilot plant in South Africa. This can offer additional services to customers on optimizing processes and yields, and meeting customer requirements, so we are definitely way ahead of the pack as far as that is concerned.

In terms of the cost of ownership of our products, we have fillers, closers and rotary sterilizers which can run for 50, 55, 60 years and we continue to maintain them. This makes a real difference to companies in South Africa and makes the cost of ownership of JBT products value for money.

The initial capital outlet may be slightly more, but from a yield, processing and reliability point of view, we are more than competitive.

Learn more about JBT South Africa

JBT to focus on fruit sterilization innovations at IFU seminar

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JBT will be on hand at the upcoming IFU Technical Workshop to highlight alternative sterilization technology that can be used to treat diced fruit pieces far more effectively than conventional steam or water based systems.

As part of the seminar that takes place tomorrow (April 20) in Berlin, Germany, JBT will be explaining to delegates from across the food processing sector about radio frequency sterilizers that guarantee food safety with no loss in quality.

Antonio Aldini, senior technologist engineer for JBT FoodTech who will be speaking at the event, explains that the system has been designed by JBT to overcome difficulties with using conventional technologies to treat juices containing fruit pieces.

“We will be highlighting alternative systems, including radio frequency technology, that can be sterilize liquid foods containing particulates, such as juice with diced mango, apple, apricot or strawberries – whatever is difficult to sterilize with standard technology,” he says.

“I will also talk about our work at the pilot plant in Parma with diced fruits, where we have done several tests with radio frequency sterilizers to determine the advantages of this new technology compared with standard systems.”

In particular, Aldini says he will be highlighting the use of radio frequency sterilization technology by Mexico-based fruit processor Mexifrutas, which is working with the system to treat prepared fruit for yoghurts.

Read more about JBT’s innovative work on new sterilization systems

Advantages

According to Aldini, one of the principal advantages of using radio frequency sterilization technology is that it can deliver better product quality and minimize damage to fruit pieces.

“Sterilization of juices containing diced fruit using standard technology can have a negative impact on the firmness and integrity of the fruit pieces, which can be damaged by using steam or heated water,” he explains.

“With radio frequency, you minimise any damage, so the product quality is better – in terms of texture, firmness, sizing (the dimensions of the fruit pieces are better preserved), integrity, color and vitamin content – because we do not overcook the product.

“We just use the heat and energy necessary to kill micro-organisms – we don’t exceed that, so the product is not overcooked.”

Click here for more information on the IFU Technical Seminar

JBT and Aurratech to market Fog-in-Place® sanitizer system

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JBT Corporation will make innovative sanitizing technology available worldwide thanks to a new agreement with Aurratech Inc.

Aurratech’s pioneering Fog-in-Place® (FIP) sanitizing system delivers superior performance by guaranteeing 100% surface contact plus airborne disinfection with a fraction of the water and chemicals typically consumed by the traditional sanitizing process.

JBT’s Liquid Foods business group will act as the exclusive, global Sales Representative for Aurratech in most liquid and pump-able product applications.

Aurratechs Fog-in-Place® can be used by food and beverage processors to sanitize equipment, piping, tanks and entire processing areas through the creation of a fragmented biocide known as Purifog™.

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Purifog™ consists of tiny (less than 5 microns), low weight nano particles that remain suspended over long periods of time. This ensures 100% surface contact including hard to reach areas and around odd shapes.

FIP is a highly efficient, environmentally friendly process that saves time, energy and 99% of the water/sanitizing solution associated with traditional liquid based SIP procedures.

Fog-in-Place® can be used by both food (fruits, vegetables, nuts and dairy) and beverage (wine, beer, juice, non-alcoholic and general beverages) processors with additional applications, among others, in the meat, fish and bakery sectors.

Hydromatic – the low energy sterilizer that adds value

The reputation of a brand is as important as the quality of the products. But maintaining a brand’s reputation through a high level of quality, while keeping costs low and improving efficiencies is nothing if not a challenge. That is without mentioning evolving consumer needs, packaging trends and new market opportunities.

Stork‘s Hydromatic, which is now available from JBT, has the advantage of being able to be adjusted for specific products, production facilities and market requirements, while at the same time boasting high reliability and efficiency, and very low energy consumption.

Typically, production of ‘everyday’ goods manufactured in large quantities must be done at the highest possible level of efficiency and at the lowest cost. These requirements fit perfectly with the main characteristics of the Hydromatic.

The system is also well suited to high value-added products that vary greatly in recipes, processes and packaging, and deliver relatively small production batches by being flexible in terms of change-over capabilities, packaging type and size, and product volumes.

To learn more about the Hydromatic: click here

JBT Sterilizer technology in action

Since 1921, more than 7,500 JBT Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizers have been placed into production and are now responsible for processing over half the world’s canned foods.

Technological advances throughout the history of the system mean that JBT has consistently been able to offer the highest product quality at the lowest cost per unit produced.

Today’s rotary pressure sterilizer technology allows processors to handle both traditional and modern, lightweight, easy open-end cans. As JBT’s Mike O’Hara explained in a recent Blog Post, there simply is no better way to sterilize high volumes of convection type foods in cylindrical metal containers.

Read more about the Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer