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Focus on thermal processing at South East Asia seminar

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JBT will be outlining practical solutions for heat recovery and conservation for customers in South East Asia using JBT batch retorts and other systems at an upcoming seminar to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The 4th South East Asia Technical Outreach Seminar, organized by the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS), will be staged at the Holiday Inn Bangkok from November 28-29, with two JBT specialists confirmed as speakers.

Designed for thermal process specialists, the IFTPS technical seminar is targeted towards food processors in South East Asia that require effective aseptic or sterilization of their food products. 

For its part, JBT, which is co-hosting the event alongside the IFTPS and the National Food Institute Thailand (NFI), will use the occasion to deliver talks on how to improve heat usage during product sterilization and processing. 

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JBT food scientists support food processors with ongoing thermal process needs.

Jo Suys, from JBT’s operation in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, will detail how to improve heat recovery with batch retorts, while Jacques Bichier, from JBT’s Madera, California offices, will examine considerations when it comes to processing products that exhibit broken heating behavior. 

Patrick Tan, JBT’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, said: “With the complete range of batch and continuous sterilization systems available from JBT, this event will enhance the image of JBT to food and beverage processors globally.”

Demonstrations of JBT software, including NumeriCAL, AseptiCAL, and TunaCAL, will be available on request during the South East Asia Technical Outreach Seminar.

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Synutra France: how JBT PLF helped make ambitious project a reality


Construction of Chinese infant formula supplier Synutra’s first operation in France was not only a big step forward for the company, but also for JBT PLF which played a key role in the project from initiation through to completion, as PLF’s Ian Hillaby recalls.

Ian Hillaby has been travelling back and forth between the UK and China for more than 25 years, making contact with key players in China’s powdered infant formula industry. It was on one of these trips, around 10 years ago, that Hillaby initially made contact with Synutra, a Chinese infant formula manufacturer in the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao, which at the time had little in the way of any presence outside the country. 

However, it was not until some five years later that the initial meeting would come to fruition. Remembering their meeting Synutra contacted PLF and Hillaby for advice on an ambitious new project: design and construction of a can making and filling line for their new €230 million manufacturing site in Brittany, France, the company’s first venture outside Chinese borders.

Above: a tour of the Synutra France facility (in French)

Turnkey solution
Brittany was chosen for entirely practical reasons. As a center for milk production in France, the region could provide a steady, reliable source of fresh milk for processing purposes.

PLF was involved at the greenfield site from the very start, advising on the installation of high-speed turnkey canning lines (at that time, almost all Chinese companies used low-speed lines) as part of what would eventually become one of the fastest infant formula lines in the world.

“PLF became involved as Synutra was looking for the ability to manufacture and fill cans, and we were able to offer a complete turnkey solution,” explains Hillaby. 


Aided by PLF’s already strong reputation for project delivery in the infant powder industry, PLF and Synutra got round a table, as Hillaby recalls, and started looking at what the company was trying to achieve and specific non-conventional options, such as pre-gassing technology. A pioneer in this area, PLF offers a pre-gassing system before the powder reaches the filling line, which maintains a sealed, modified atmosphere from the start to the finished product. As a result, the powder is never exposed to the outside atmosphere before sealing is completed, adding an extra layer of security in the process.


China expansion
“We took probably 6-8 months from that initial meeting to completing the project design, then another 12-15 months to build and install,” says Hillaby. “There was quite an intense element of guiding, so not only the customer learnt a lot during the process, but there was also a learning curve for PLF as well. But at the end of the day, we got the job done and it’s a fantastic reference for the industry.”

Of course there were challenges along the way, one of the biggest being dealing with Chinese legislation, but Hillaby says Synutra was very happy with the final results; results which have led to a greater involvement for PLF in China. “We’ve just shipped our first line to a local Chinese infant formula manufacturer and we are hopeful that by the end of this year we can confirm further lines for another of China’s major infant formula producers,” Hillaby adds. 

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FTNON continues fresh-cut expansion with new onion and bell pepper processors

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JBT’s recently-acquired FTNON fresh-cut machinery business has announced the launch of two solutions designed to make life easier for onion and bell pepper processors, both of which have been developed to include easy-to-clean features that comply with the highest hygienic standards. 

Introduced by FTNON at its recent customer open week, held in Horst, The Netherlands from October 29-November 3, the two systems place an emphasis not just on effectiveness and reliability, but crucially also on ease-of-use and cleanability.

Cleanability factor
The newly-launched FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer, designed to be very hygienic and completely cleanable, has been developed to remove cores and problematic seeds from bell peppers in the most efficient way possible, while also leaving a small footprint. 

According to FTNON’s Lars Heuvelmans, the compact machine, which can handle two bell peppers at a time, uses pneumatic coring devices remove the center of the peppers, before a high-pressure air system cleans out the remaining seeds. Leftover seeds, stems and cores are then removed outside the machine using a scraper.

The JBT FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer

The JBT FTNON Sweet Pepper Decorer

In the next step, the cored and cleaned bell peppers are cut lengthwise into pieces by a mechanical segmenting station, which enables the peppers to be divided into halves, quarters or eights.

However, as well as its efficiency, a key feature of the decorer is its cleanability. “It’s easy to access all areas of the machine – you just slide out the drum and you have access to the inside, the drills and the knives,” explains Heuvelmans. “If you look at a bell pepper, inside there are a lot of small seeds which will get into every part of the machine, so cleanability is a very important feature.”

The JBT FTNON Magnetic Onion Peeler

The JBT FTNON Magnetic Onion Peeler

Reduced costs
Developed by FTNON in collaboration with US-based Gills Onions and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the FTNON Magnetic Onion Peeler focuses on yield, hygiene and convenience with the design, components and materials specially selected to ensure the machine gets a very high score on all points. 

By employing super magnetism, the system eliminates the need for wires, tubes, belts and springs, resulting in a machine with frictionless components, which has the effect of tremendously reducing maintenance costs. 

With hygiene requirements in the food sector becoming ever more stringent, Heuvelmans says ease-of-cleaning is also a key feature of the stainless steel Magnetic Onion Peeler. Waste and the peeled product are separated at the earliest possible stage, meaning the risk of contamination or waste peel reaching other areas of the machine is greatly reduced, while the design has eliminated chains and other hygienically vulnerable components. Both of which, adds Heuvelmans, make a very real difference, not only for improving hygiene but also for overall cleanability. 

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JBT South Africa seminar to focus on solutions to improve citrus profitability

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JBT will be staging a one-day seminar for South African customers to provide an update on the latest international citrus and juice trends, with as special focus on how JBT solutions can help optimize yield and in the process deliver financial benefits. To be held at the OR Tambo City Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg on November 9, the event will also provide news on the latest JBT alliances and acquisitions.

Topics covered for optimizing yield more effectively will include a look at JBT’s READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system, a solution which enables customers extract valuable d-Limonene from citrus peel that would otherwise go to waste. 


JBT’s Pulp Recovery and Pulp Wash systems can similarly recover pulp and sugars for pasteurization and aseptic filling, making them fit to add to juice from concentrate, not-from-concentrate, nectars and liquid yogurts.

Another subject that will be highlighted will be JBT’s Fruit and Vegetable Processing Solution, a complete, combined system which is ideal for premium juices and blends produced by smaller juice marketers.

Richard Collins, Sales & Marketing Manager, Liquid Food Solutions, said: “The focus will be to update our customers on latest international trends regarding the citrus industry and also to highlight where they can improve processes through JBT equipment to optimize yield to gain financial benefits.”

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JBT customer seminar looks at fresh solutions for citrus and juices

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JBT will be highlighting an innovative venture for recovering essential citrus oils from peel, and examining how JBT Avure has helped support a fast-growing Florida HPP business at a customer seminar taking place in Lakeland, Florida on November 1.

JBT customer Keith Sirois, from HPP Fresh Florida, will be detailing how clean technology from High Pressure Processing (HPP) specialist JBT Avure has helped support the development of a company that now pasteurizes products including meat, seafood, juice, salsa, hummus and dips from across the state.

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JBT’s facility in Lakeland, Florida

The recovery of high value essential oils from citrus processing by-products will also be a focus for the seminar with a session looking at a new venture with Florida-based Florachem. A specialist in essential oil recovery itself, JBT already helps customers extract valuable d-Limonene from citrus peel through its READYGo™ d-LIMONENE solution.

Other topics that will be covered at the seminar will include a look at JBT’s most recent addition, FTNON, a company that has developed innovative technology for processing fresh fruits and vegetables for the fresh-cut and ready-to-eat market, plus an overview of JBT’s fresh produce and citrus processing systems.

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JBT’s health-focused additions on show at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018


JBT will be highlighting its full portfolio for for food and beverage companies at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing trade exhibition, with a particular emphasis on solutions that can make healthy living a more achievable goal, from chemical-free pasteurization to innovative systems for fresh-cut vegetables and salads. 

As part of its presence at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018, which takes place in Dubai’s World Trade Centre from November 6-8, JBT will be drawing attention to two of the most recent additions to the JBT family of companies – FTNON and PLF. 

A specialist in equipment for the fresh-cut salad and prepared vegetable industries, FTNON, which has a presence in more than 60 countries, provides a range of state-of-the-art technology for food processors including pre-cleaning, produce preparation and mixing systems.


Illustration from FTNON customer Heemskerk Fresh & Easy

UK-based based PLF International Ltd (PLF) meanwhile is a specialist manufacturer of filling machines and complete turnkey line project management for the fast-growing global powder product market. Combined with JBT’s own seamers, PLF is well placed to meet increasing worldwide demand for powdered products, especially powdered infant formula and nutraceuticals.


Baby powder being filled into cans by PLF International

A further key part of the JBT presence will be representation from JBT Avure, a renowned specialist in High Pressure Processing (HPP), a technology capable of doubling or tripling shelf-life without using chemicals, additives or heat. Used across a huge range of food and beverage sectors, JBT Avure’s HPP technology works by processing foods at extremely high water pressure (up to 6,000 bar / 87,000 psi– more than the deepest ocean), in the process neutralizing listeria, salmonella, E. coli and other deadly bacteria.

Avure, FTNON and PLF all form part of the complete portfolio of processing and packaging solutions that JBT will be highlighting at the event.

JBT will be exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 in Hall 4, Stand D4-44 at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from November 6-8.

JBT highlights growth in Europe & Middle East at Fruit Attraction 2018


(l-r) JBT’s Francisco Peris and John Siddle at Fruit Attraction 2018

Growing demand for JBT’s Endura-Fresh™ range of coatings for long- and short-trade transit – among other innovations – is helping boost JBT’s presence in the fresh produce sector across Europe and the Middle East. This is one for the key messages that JBT is delivering at its booth at Fruit Attraction 2018, the annual Spain-based trade exhibition that takes place in Madrid, Spain until October 25.

As part of its presence in Stand 6C05, Hall 6 in the Feria de Madrid conference center, the JBT team is also highlighting the recent addition of fresh-cut equipment specialist FTNON and the Europe-wide expansion of laser-marking for fruit innovator Laser Food.

John Siddle, JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Fresh Produce Technologies, said: “We’re growing steadily in Spain, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East. We’ve received an especially good response at the show for our Endura-Fresh line of coatings for long and short distance fruit and vegetable shipments. Along with our preservation products, these have been gaining traction across the region. 

“This has also been this first opportunity we have had to show-off the range of products for the fresh-cut industry from our colleagues at FTNON. Our alliance partner, Laser Food, have been very active as well and they anticipate finalizing some more orders before the end of the year.”

JBT will be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction 2018 at Stand 6C05, Hall 6 until October 25 at the Feria de Madrid conference center in Madrid, Spain.

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