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JBT highlights systems that make money from citrus waste

Making profitable use of citrus waste, including partially processing peel to extract valuable oils, will be the focus of a JBT presentation at an IFU Technical Workshop to be held this week in Spain, with the focus on getting the most out of what has traditionally been thought of as a by-product.

As part of a programme of speakers taking part in the event, which takes place at Valencia’s Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace on March 28, JBT global technical manager for citrus processing, José Biot, will be delivering a talk examining how to achieve ‘Added Value for Citrus Waste Disposal’.

“Citrus waste disposal is usually a problem for citrus juice plants, especially when there is no feed mill linked to them or if there is energy prices are too high or the capacity or the plant does not justify the feed mill investment,” he says.

The READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system

“There can be profitable ways to get an added value from citrus peel disposal by partially processing the peel. This would result in making greater feed cattle feed value and then using specific equipment to recover the by-product d-Limonene contained in the peel.”

JBT’s T.A.S.T.E. Evaporator and READYGo™ d-LIMONENE extractor are just two of the systems that can be used by processors to make profitable use of their citrus waste, explains Biot, who says essential oils and other products can be extracted from peel and other by-products.

The READYGo™ d-Limonene system in particular enables companies to recover valuable d-Limonene oil – which has a variety of uses from cleaning to cosmetics to flavouring – without having to make a significant investment.

Learn more about JBT’s READYGo™ d-LIMONENE and T.A.S.T.E. Evaporator systems

JBT showcases best in fresh at Citrus Australia forum & field day


JBT Corporation was on hand at the recent Citrus Australia 2017 Technical Forum and Field Day to supply delegates with fresh juice and highlight the industry-leading solutions that JBT has available for the juicing and processing sectors.

JBT, which also sponsored the two-day event that took place in Mildura, Victoria on March 1-2, highlighted the Fresh’n Squeeze® juicing system (JBT Australia’s Grant Day pictured above), as well as other solutions, to citrus industry representatives, growers and packers.

JBT’s Alvin Cheng and Grant Day at the event

In a statement, Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani said the event provided growers and packers with a glimpse into future technologies and a platform for researchers to showcase their work.

“New technology is the lifeblood of any primary industry, and the citrus industry is no exception. Unless we continue to invest in better ways to grow, pack and market our products to the world, we will get left behind,” she said.

“The format of the event encourages growers to participate in a setting they feel comfortable in and The forum also included displays of new equipment, products and services by commercial companies and provide a great opportunity to network.”


JBT receives partnership prize at inaugural Adel Aujan Awards

JBT Corporation has been awarded supplier and partner of preference at the inaugural Adel Aujan Awards in Dubai, an event organized by one of the Middle East’s largest beverage conglomerates, Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company (ACCBC), to celebrate the life of the late Sheik Adel Aujan.

JBT were honored at the event, held earlier this month at Dubai’s Oberoi Hotel, where hundreds gathered for a gala dinner to commemorate Saudi industrialist’s contribution to business and society as chairman of ACCBC.

The centerpiece of the event was the Adel Aujan Awards, which will be held annually to honor a select group of ACCBC’s best-performing suppliers for outstanding performance in five categories – innovation; quality; service; value addition and partnership.

Michele Vitali, a JBT sales icon based in Parma who personally managed the relationship with ACCBC, was on hand to represent JBT at this important event.

Over a 48-year career with ACCBC, Sheikh Adel grew the Dammam-based business into a multi-billion-dollar drinks giant, thanks to innovative marketing of foreign brands such as Vimto and homegrown names including Rani and Barbican.

The business leader was also the driving force behind the largest ever consumer goods partnership in the Middle East with The Coca-Cola Company creating a joint venture with the former Aujan Industries as the Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company (ACCBC).

Avure HPP Food Processing joins JBT family

JBT Corporation has announced the acquisition of Avure Technologies, a leader in food processing technology that has gone on to create a range of High Pressure Processing (HPP) systems for worldwide tolling centers and major food manufacturers all over the globe.

JBT, also a global leader in food and beverage processing solutions, from cooking, frying and chilling to portioning, sorting, weighing and grading in the protein market to extraction, mixing, blending, filling, closing and sterilization in the liquid foods market. And now, with the addition of Avure Technologies to the family, JBT is expanding its clean label solutions for fresh, flavorful foods and beverages with a longer shelf life.

Avure’s HPP systems use ultra-high pressure purified water to keep packaged food pathogen-free to stay fresh longer. At very high pressures bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella are inactivated. Foods using HPP include ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meats, ready-meals, fruits and vegetables, juices and smoothies, soups and sauces, wet salads and dips, dairy products, seafood and shellfish. HPP helps producers increase food safety and extend shelf-life while providing consumers with nutritious, natural, flavorful food.

“With the expanding marketplace adoption of HPP technology as well as broad applications across both protein and liquid foods, the integration of Avure solutions into the JBT portfolio means we can now offer comprehensive thermal and non-thermal preservation solutions to global food and beverage producers,” explains Steve Smith, president, JBT FoodTech. “We’ll add our global salesforce and responsive aftermarket support to the development and installation of these HPP systems to create best-in-class lines for our customers.”

Click here to learn more about Avure’s innovative systems for extending product shelf lives

We are very excited to join the JBT family,” commented Jeff Williams, Avure CEO. “Our two companies are the leaders in their respective markets and have complementary capabilities and similar cultures with a strong commitment to employees, community and customer satisfaction. Our customers will benefit from a broader product offering and enhanced global support of the Avure product line”, he added.

Now together, JBT and Avure will be able to offer customers a single, global source for their protein and liquid foods processing needs by coupling Avure’s design, fabrication, and food science resources for high-pressure processing systems in the food and beverage markets with JBT’s existing portfolio of protein and liquid foods technologies.

JBT gears up for SGF-IFU Asia Roadshow


JBT Corporation will be highlighting its innovative solutions for juice processors in Asia as part of its participation in this year’s SGF-IFU Asia Roadshow, which begins on March 7 in India and goes on to visit China, Thailand, Japan and Dubai.

The roadshow, which JBT will also be sponsoring, follows a successful 2016 Latin America tour during which JBT highlighted products and innovations for the juice sector in conjunction with quality standards organization Sure Global Fair (SGF) and the International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association (IFU).

Learn more about JBT’s range for juice processors here

According to JBT’s José Lorente, who will be on hand at the events in Japan and Dubai, JBT will both participate in the presentations and provide information about the company’s products and experience.

“We will be talk about JBT as a supplier of technologies for processing fruits, vegetables and juices, as well as highlighting future projects that will be focused on sustainability,” he said.

For Lorente, markets such as India – where JBT is already collaborating with mango, citrus and coffee processors – as well as China, Thailand and Vietnam are likely to be important regions of future growth for the company. “These are markets that are developing fast, although at the same time they are very distinct markets that are changing at their own speed,” he added.

View the complete SGF-IFU Asia Roadshow schedule

The SGF-IFU Asia Roadshow, sponsored by JBT, will visit:

March 7, My Fortune Hotel, Bengalura, INDIA

May 12, Bell Tower Hotel Xian, Xian Shi, CHINA

June 1, Impact Exhibition Center, Pak Kret, THAILAND

Sept 20, Tokyo, Venue TBC, JAPAN

OCT 30, Dubai, Venue TBC, DUBAI, UAE

Click HERE to register as a delegate!

JBT X-ray system delivers production line visibility with groundbreaking design


The hazards presented by the potential presence of foreign body materials in liquid foods – notably metal and glass – that can inadvertently enter a production line is a danger that is encouraging increasing numbers of companies to employ x-ray systems; technology that also has the advantage of being able to accurately measure fill and weight levels. But availability and costly maintenance downtime has often proved to be a challenge and disincentive for processors.

However, the addition of Novus X-Ray – a company which has been at the forefront of x-ray technology for food inspection for over a decade – to the JBT family some 12 months ago looks likely to deliver a real breakthrough for the technology.

As Dino Carbone, product line manager for JBT Novus X-Ray explains, the Xvision™ product line boasts a modular design – unique in the industry – that has the advantages of significantly improving the availability of the technology while also delivering a low cost of ownership compared with competitor units.


The CCPX-Tall X-ray system

The other major advantage of the system is that its smart software allows it to learn from its mistakes, i.e. false rejections.

“We have really simplified the operation of the equipment by having smart software which allows the unit to be trained on the product its running and the images it takes,” says Carbone.

“This allows for simple unit training and more accurate detection performance leading to extremely low rejection rates. This is unique because most other companies rely on the operator to adjust the unit. We have developed the unit to be smart, so it can adjust itself when it makes a mistake.”

As well as being used to detect any foreign body material that might end up in the product chain, the Xvision range can also be used effectively for check fill and check weight. “In liquid foods processing, you don’t want anything in your product that shouldn’t be there and you also don’t want a jar or plastic container that is not filled the whole way – we can make sure that everything is as it should be with the check weight and check fill,” adds Carbone.

Revolutionary improvement
To best meet the needs of the liquid foods sector, JBT Novus X-Ray has introduced the Xvision CCPX-Tall X-ray system; technology which has been specifically designed for the rapid, automatic inspection of jars, bottles and other tall products.

A revolutionary improvement to x-ray technology availability, the CCPX allows customers to service any aspect of the machine with minimal training by grouping all components into five modules which plug-and-play. “Most other companies might have to call a technician when something in the unit breaks – by having a modular design, we give the power to the customer to make those repairs on-site really quickly,” explains Carbone.

“It enables our machine to be placed at a critical control point upstream and not just at the end of line. Our unit can be placed anywhere in the production line without fear that if that if there is an issue, your line is going to go down because we can get the unit up and running so quickly.”

Learn more about the CCPX-Pack X-ray system

JBT’s Unifiller: the perfect fit for sweet spreads


Capable of filling almost any kind of glass jar, the JBT Unifiller is a piece of technology engineered to satisfy the demands of quality conscious consumers, while keeping operational costs down for food processors.

As highlighted in a new White Paper, the Unifiller is able to deliver the highest quality in filling for a broad range of products, meaning it is well-suited to meeting the needs of companies in the fast-growing sweet spread sector.

The longstanding popularity of jams and other spreads as part of the traditional breakfast in Europe and North America has long sustained the industry, but this has been boosted in recent years by development of spreads with new innovative flavors, such as figs, ginger and exotic fruits.


JBT’s Unifiller can be customized to handle a wide range of spreads – from liquid to viscous to those containing sensitive particles – meaning spillages or product damage can be avoided.

The technology is also distinguished by fast and efficient product and jar format change-over, and a speedy, totally automated Clean-In-Place procedure, eliminating the need for disassembly or manual cleaning.

 JBT’s Filling Technology White Paper takes an in-depth look at the JBT Unifiller, outlining what makes the product unique and detailing how it both meets consumer demand for quality spreads and reduces operational costs.


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