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JBT’s A&B to launch READYGo CIP line at Process Expo

JBT Corporation’s A&B Process Systems is to use its appearance at Process Expo 2017 to launch its new READYGo™Clean-In-Place (CIP) Systems line, which will feature among a full range of processing solutions for food and beverage companies. As A&B’s new standard line of skidded systems, READYGo CIP provides compact, easy-to-install solutions that reduce labor and save time during system installation and start-up.

The new launch is part of the complete line of processing solutions that A&B offers, covering the design, fabrication, automation and installation of stainless steel process systems used in a variety of industries.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT READYGO™ CIP SYSTEMS

“From stainless steel process tanks and vessels, to process modules and skidded systems, A&B provides custom turnkey solutions that will help our customers meet or exceed their production goals,” explains A&B’s Product Line Director Jim Larsen.

Process Expo 2017, which takes place from September 19-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is an important show for all of JBT, providing visitors with an opportunity to see the full product line offered by the company. “From protein processing to automated guided vehicles to beverage and juice processing, Process Expo is a great avenue for our customers to see the full product line offered from JBT,” says Larsen.

“We enjoy learning about all of our potential customers at the show – typically in the food, beverage, dairy and pharmaceutical markets. Customers can see first-hand how JBT is with them all the way down the line.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Process Expo 2017 at Booth 1824, North Hall, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago from September 19-22.

JBT & Aquaporin work on novel system that could boost food taste and flavor

JBT has begun collaborating with Aquaporin, a Danish clean-tech specialist that has developed an innovative system for achieving more sustainable water usage in food and beverage processing, while at the same time reducing energy consumption and boosting product flavor.

The food industry is one of the world’s biggest water consumers. As of 2015, food production accounted for around 30% of total global energy consumption, as well as a large proportion of overall water consumption, according to the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). As such, the industry has a huge potential to become more sustainable by reusing and cleaning water.

This is one of the goals behind the Joint Development Agreement that Aquaporin recently signed with JBT.

The company – together with JBT – is looking to develop new applications for food and beverage processing using Aquaporin’s novel forward osmosis membrane; an innovation that departs significantly from reverse osmosis, the traditional means of desalinating water.

Aquaporin’s pilot system, set-up with Denmark’s Arla Foods

Unlike the traditional system, forward osmosis – featuring biomimetic membranes – uses the osmotic pressure difference between a feed water stream and a draw solution as a driving force, making it highly energy efficient, explains Sylvie Braekevelt, Project Manager for Applications at Aquaporin.

As well as significantly reducing energy consumption, Braekevelt says forward osmosis can help achieve higher food quality during dry food production by luring water out naturally rather than forcing it out; until now the typical system used by processors.

Above: how the forward osmosis process works

“Liquid foods is a very promising application for us because we believe very strongly that the technology can make a difference to the taste and the quality of the product,” she says. “Most taste compounds are volatile and easily evaporated – as soon as you start running at high temperatures to get water out, the compounds that escape from the liquid foods first are the ones that are more volatile than water, which are the aromatic compounds. Forward osmosis, which uses low temperature water flows, makes sure the aromatic compounds are kept in the foods.”

Braekevelt adds that the system is currently going through pilot testing to determine which food and beverages would be best suited to forward osmosis.

JBT aims to deliver solutions to tuna industry challenges

Today’s global tuna industry is faced with multiple challenges, from the need to minimize environmental impact to the challenge of how to meet retailer and consumer demand with a limited stock of fish. Albert-Frans Brouwer, JBT’s Global Product Line Manager for Tuna, here examines the challenges the sector faces and explains what JBT is doing to help tuna processors overcome them.

If you look at the global tuna industry as it stands today, it is clear that it is a sector which faces multiple challenges. To maintain a healthy population of tuna in the world’s oceans the number of fish we can catch is limited and that’s not going to change. So if you want to be successful in the industry, the key focus has to be on improving the yield, turning as much of the catch into product that can be consumed by people. Next to this the tuna industry is increasingly focused on minimizing the environmental impact of processing.

Where can improvements be made? To do that we need to examine how tuna is processed from the fresh catch to eventually becoming the finished tuna product in a package, ready for consumption.

Along the way, there are a number of essential steps. After being caught, tuna typically comes frozen into port. The fish is pre-cooked, cleaned and cut into smaller pieces before going to a filler, which fills the pre-cooked tuna into cans. From there, the canned tuna goes to a filler-closer where oil or brine is accurately added on top of the tuna cake and the can is closed. In a final step the closed container is sterilized again after which the finished product is ready to go out to retailers.

Learn more about JBT’s Vacuum Pre-Cooker Cooler for Tuna

JBT has a full range of product solutions for all the key process steps that serve tuna processors around the world. In recent years we have been very successful in the marketing of our filler portfolio in the Mediterranean region, with the focus on improving the efficiency of our solutions.

The JBT Tuna Filler series, which is designed to automatically add pre-cooked tuna into open-topped cans at high speed, has recently been augmented by a model that can fill three, 3 oz cans simultaneously, surpassing the industry-standards.

Learn more about JBT’s Tuna Filler

On top of that, for many years JBT has developed software that optimizes pre-cooking and sterilization parameters during processing, making sure the production potential of each of these stages is maximized. We evaluate the type of fish that comes in to make sure customers receive the best possible product after the process is completed.

Our focus at JBT is on the product quality and the environmental impact because that is going to be key to the future of the business. In particular we want to take a closer look at the pre-cooking stages because that’s where we believe we can offer new solutions to substantially reduce water consumption and a more sophisticated determination of processing conditions. We are also looking at ways in which we can we can integrate processing innovations from similar industries, such as poultry or meat.

I think it’s safe to say that although big challenges exist for today’s tuna industry, processors can be confident JBT will be working side-by-side to help meet them.

Pure Spoon and Avure: How HPP helped baby food brand to mainstream success

Pure Spoon products

A unique aspect of the High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) technology developed by JBT’s Avure business is that it can deliver an extended shelf life for liquid foods with a minimal impact on flavor, texture or nutritional content. Retaining a fresh taste and the maximum amount of nutrients has been crucial to the success of Pure Spoon, an innovative baby food brand whose HPP-pasteurized products can now be found on the shelves of top US grocery retailers, such as Whole Foods, Kroger and Walmart, and are available on line at Amazon.com, Jet.com, Amazonfresh.com and purespoon.com

When new mom and entrepreneur Alyson Eberle began initial planning for what would eventually become Pure Spoon, she found HPP offered a way of keeping the product as fresh as possible while maintaining the food’s all-important nutrients, giving Pure Spoon the ability to extend its product line of nutrient-packed purees across the US.

“Parents across the US are demanding fresher, better options for their babies, but don’t have time to make every meal at home,” Eberle explains. “I wanted to fill the massive gap between the nutrient-lacking, over-processed options available at the stores and the fresh meals I was making at home. But how do you keep the product fresh?”

Pure Spoon’s Alyson Eberle

Unique benefits
A newspaper article about High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) technology first drew Eberle’s attention to the possibilities offered by HPP systems, which led her to make contact with Avure.

“Baby food hasn’t really changed since Gerber introduced it over 70 years ago,” she says. “The only innovation that has happened in that time is that manufacturers are putting it in pouches as well as jars, which I think is a minus because you can no longer see the food that your children are eating.

“Up until now, many manufacturers have been using high heat sterilization or pasteurization, which kills so much of the food – the flavor, the texture, the color, and most importantly the nutritional content – so when you are talking about babies, HPP made so much sense.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT HPP TECHNOLOGY

As Avure CEO, Jeff Williams, explains, HPP systems are unique in their focus on cold rather than hot pasteurization for liquid foods; a process that has almost no impact on taste or flavor.

HPP technology works by taking liquid foods contained in flexible packaging and subjecting them to cold water at extremely high pressures – 87,000 pounds per square inch or 6,000 BAR – which has the effect of inactivating pathogens, such as salmonella, listeria or E.coli.

How HPP works_Avure

 

Understanding HPP
Support from Avure during Pure Spoon’s adaptation to HPP processes was a key element of the company’s success, says Eberle, who worked over a four-year period, full-time and part-time, during the genesis of the brand.

“Avure has been very helpful as they support entrepreneurs in expanding HPP in new categories,” she says. “They told me, let’s try it, this is what you need to be mindful of, and this what HPP can and cannot do. Having food experts who understand HPP on a micro level and what it can do for food means the technology can be applied to categories that haven’t seen HPP before.”

Of course, the process did not stop with pasteurization and Eberle explains that Pure Spoon has since spent considerable energy, time and money educating consumers about the benefits of HPP technology. “We have different ways of communicating depending on who our audience is, but the focus is on explaining to consumers how HPP allows us to lock in more flavor and, most importantly, more nutrition into the food.  And when you are feeding babies, that is critical,” Eberle adds.

PLF International joins JBT family

JBT Corporation has announced the acquisition of UK-based PLF International (PLF), a specialist manufacturer of filling machines and complete turnkey line project management for the fast-growing global powder product market. With demand increasing worldwide for powdered products, especially for powdered infant formula and nutraceuticals, the acquisition will enable JBT to bring PLF fillers – which combine with JBT’s own seamers – to a much wider marketplace.

Since 1994, PLF International has designed and manufactured what is considered to be one of the most flexible, user-friendly powder filling machines in the world. PLF’s range of filling machines are all built to facilitate the stringent demands of the food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, being easy to clean with minimum giveaway and gentle product handling. They can be semi or fully automatic and are built so performance can be enhanced to meet production demands.

“JBT and PLF have collaborated on numerous, successful projects over the past ten years,” said Tom Giacomini, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Specifically, customers have purchased PLF fillers and JBT closers as part of an integrated solution. Adding PLF’s expertise and complementary products to Liquid Foods provides a valuable extension to our portfolio. Additionally, we can expand PLF’s business geographically and strengthen its aftermarket opportunities.”

“PLF provides a unique filler that is an improvement on most of the competition as there is very little product breakdown and giveaway,” explained Carlos Fernandez, President and Managing Director of JBT’s Liquid Foods business. “PLF’s filler and ancillary products can be used in conjunction with JBT’s closer to complete an integrated line solution, so this is a very complementary acquisition for us, which will also give us access to the fast-developing powdered product market.”

PLF Managing Director Mark Emond commented: “We were seeking a long-term steward for PLF going forward and feel comfortable that in JBT we have the ideal partner given that we have worked so well together in the past. With JBT’s focus on innovation, technology and customer care, we are leaving our business in the best possible hands.”

As well as powdered infant milk, the integration of PLF will also open the door for JBT to enter the powdered nutraceutical and added vitamin drink segment; a market that will again complement JBT’s existing business, Fernandez added.

PLF International was founded in Harwich, Essex in 1994, and has progressed and grown into the leading global supplier of vacuum and volumetric filling machinery and complete turnkey lines for the powder product market. With a multinational, blue chip customer base, PLF has become the technology of choice for infant formula and nutraceuticals as well as other high value products. With no augers in the filling process, product integrity is assured and dust minimized. PLF employs 60 people and is based in the south east of England.

JBT brings renewed focus to Australia’s Foodpro

JBT Corporation brought renewed energy and focus to its presence at this year’s Foodpro trade exhibition, emphasising the significant strides forward that the company has been making in Australia’s multi-billion food and beverage processing industry.

A triennial event, Foodpro 2017, which took place from 16-19 July in Sydney, is dedicated to Australia’s food processing sector, the country’s largest manufacturing industry, which employs some 300,000 people and has a turnover in excess of A$120 billion.

Patrick Tan, JBT’s Regional Strategy and Market Communications Director, Asia Pacific, says JBT brought a renewed energy and enthusiasm for Australia’s food processing industry, highlighting many of the innovative solutions that JBT has available for the sector.

“Participation at this exhibition showed the energy and enthusiasm of JBT focusing in the food and beverage processing industries in Australia,” he said.

“With this renewed focus on the Australia food and beverage industries, JBT Australia is now making headways into the key industries with major customers, such as Inghams, Coles, Comgroup, Simplot, Jewel Fine Foods, Top Hats Baiada, Fonterra, Beak and Johnson on the protein side, and with Groves, Heinz, Harvey Fresh, Nippy Fruits and Kagome on the liquid foods side.”

JBT’s JayBoT: the inexpensive automation solution

What links Quaker Oats®, Gatorade® and Lurpak® butter to Scottish hospitals? The unexpected answer might be that the companies behind them are now benefiting from substantial efficiency savings through JBT’s automated guided vehicle (AGV) systems. Manufactured in the US – as well as the UK for Europe and Asia – the AGV units remove repetitive and wasteful work practices enabling companies to redeploy resources more effectively.

However, the system is not just benefitting big players in the market. More affordable AGV units are now available in the form of the JBT JayBoT™, which can aid companies seeking to remove costly, labor-intensive tasks from the production and supply process.

Click here to learn more about the JBT JayBoT™

As Mark Longacre, JBT’s marketing manager for automated systems, explains, the JayBoT and other units in the range are operator-free, robotic forklift trucks that are being successfully used in manufacturing plants and warehouses to automate the routine movement of materials.

“More affordable AGV units are now available in the form of the JBT JayBoT, which can aid companies seeking to remove costly, labor-intensive tasks”

“Typically we have AGVs doing the work, guided by system management software which gives the commands while talking to customers’ inventory management software, meaning we know what orders have to processed that day and what material movements to make,” he says.

Click here to read more about Arla Foods & JBT automated vehicles

“Sometimes the infrastructure required in an AGV system can be costly and we often have customers who just want to try automating a small part of their plant with one or two vehicles. “The JayBot takes some of the intelligence out of the software and puts it in the vehicle, so they can operate standalone on simpler applications, which makes them more affordable as an entry point into automation and for smaller companies who require simpler, A-B movements.”

“We’re looking to deliver a return on investment – a quick and substantial payback – in typically under two years.”

Labor savings
JBT has successfully supplied AGV solutions to PepsiCo Group’s Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade division, as well as the world’s largest supplier of organic dairy products, Arla Foods. Outside of beverage and food processing, JBT has delivered AGV solutions to the automotive industry, pharmaceutical facilities, general manufacturing and warehousing, while it also made headlines when it supplied units to the Forth Valley NHS hospital in Scotland.

The JBT PepsiCo installation

Longacre explains that JBT aims to deliver a quick and substantial payback on investment in under two years, primarily through helping companies redeploy labor to where it can better add value to manufacturing processes.

“We deliver labor savings, allowing customers to redeploy labor to where they can add value”

“Most of what we’re delivering to customers is labor savings,” he says. “We think of that as allowing them to redeploy labor to where they can create more value in their process. Having people on a forklift moving products from one end of the plant to the other all day does not add value to the product. In reality, it can affect safety and often does. People get bored and careless and make mistakes, which can create accidents and personal injury, as well as plant and product damage.”

One of JBT’s biggest installations to date was with the PepsiCo group, focusing on automatic trailer loading after the product has been bottled, case-packed and stretch-wrapped.

JBT also has a special vehicle type designed to work with the JBT batch retort sterilizer, loading and unloading trays for in-can sterilization. “We take products after they have been filled and sealed and deliver them to the sterilizer and pick them up after they have completed the process,” adds Longacre.

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