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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

 

JBT focus on sustainability during LatAm tour

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JBT Corporation, the global supplier of innovative systems for food and drink processors, will be speaking at events for juice companies in five Latin American countries to highlight sustainable solutions that can increase profitability and reduce wastage.

The company is taking part in this month’s International Fruit & Vegetable Juice Association (IFU) Latin America Tour, which has been organized in conjunction with German juice safety certifier SGF International and takes place in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico from March 7-17.

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JBT, which is also sponsoring the tour, will be speaking at each event to draw attention to products and innovations developed by the company that can help juice processors become more sustainable and recover by-products and ingredients that would otherwise be lost.

Januário Soligon, JBT’s regional sales and marketing manager for South America, explains that the talks, which will focus largely on citrus juice processing, will be headed by representatives from each country and will feature product developments and information connected to sustainability.

The READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system

The READYGo™ d-LIMONENE system

“We will be talking about sustainability and the ways in which equipment that JBT has developed can add value for fruit juice processors,” he says.

“For example, we have a system called READYGo™ d-LIMONENE, which recovers d-limonene – an extract from citrus peel – from wastewater after it has been used for processing.”

d-Limonene, which has a range of uses from ingredient for cosmetic products to component for cleaning liquids, can deliver additional potential earnings for citrus companies that would otherwise go down the drain.

For more information about READYGo™ d-LIMONENE, click here

To learn more about the IFU-SGF LATAM Tour, click here

JBT showcases total system solution at Tomato Congress

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JBT Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of solutions for the global food and drink industries, will be showcasing its complete system solutions for tomato processors at the upcoming World Processing Tomato Congress, as part of a push to expand its business in Chile.

As an event sponsor and exhibitor, JBT will be present at the congress, which takes place in Santiago, Chile from March 6-9, to highlight its innovative technologies for tomato and fruit companies that cover everything from initial treatment to filling and sealing.

Januário Soligon, JBT’s sales and marketing manager for South America, says JBT’s participation in the event forms part of its strategy to expand the company’s presence in Chile, which it views as an important market for future growth.

With JBT making good progress supplying machinery and solutions for turnkey projects for tomato processors in nearby Brazil, Soligon says the World Processing Tomato Congress is a significant opportunity for the company to showcase its systems in Chile.

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“Chile is very strong in tomato processing, so it is very important for us to take part in the congress,” he says. “We will be highlighting the whole tomato line because JBT has the ability to supply a fully equipped plant from initial treatment and washing of the tomatoes on arrival through to processing, evaporation and aseptic filling – we provide a complete tomato processing solution.”

Already well-known for its high quality, innovative technological solutions and after-care, Soligon says JBT was aiming to expand its business in Chile, not just in tomatoes, but across the broader fruit processing sector. “We are working hard to expand our business in Chile – we now have dedicated professionals here who are working to deliver several ongoing projects with customers,” he adds.

For information on JBT’s tomato processing solutions, click here

For more information about the event, visit: worldtomatocongress.cl

Sterilizers and fillers to be featured at JBT seminar in Brazil

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The latest technological innovations for dairy processors –  from sterilisers to fillers – will be the focus of a one-day customer seminar being organized by JBT in Brazilwhich will also highlight the range of products now marketed by JBT following its purchase of Stork Food & Dairy Systems.

To be held at JBT’s facilities in the city of Araraquara on February 25, the event will feature a number of technical presentations, including from a leading industry expert in aseptics.

JBT’s sales and marketing regional manager for South America, Januário Soligon, explained that the seminar would help introduce Stork products to companies in Brazil’s dairy sector, while also sharing knowledge and content concerning everything from fillers to sterilizers with attendees.

“As well as having technical presentations and speaking about JBT as a group, we will also cover the Stork portfolio of products including sterilizing technology – lots of products will be featured,” he said. “We will also have present a leading expert on aseptic products, who will be there to share his knowledge and experience with visitors.”

A specialist from Stork Netherlands, William Kaandorp, will additionally be on hand to present a technical module.

The one-day seminar, to be held in Araraquara on February 25, will include dinner and each delegate will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information, please contact: Januario.Soligon@JBTC.COM

JBT showcases latest innovations in glass filling

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The growing trend to present FMCG’s in innovative glass container design was a key topics for discussion at a one-day seminar held at JBT Corporation’s Belgian facility last month covering the latest developments in glass filling and closing.

Representatives from a range of European food and drink processors were invited to JBT’s site in Sint-Niklaas to learn more about the newest innovations in glass filling from JBT, Crown Packaging (metal covers for glass jars/bottles) and Ardagh Group (glass containers).

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As well as the seminar, visitors were able to view a JBT Unifiller at the factory in a configuration dedicated to filling jam and marmalade in glass containers. In addition to superior filling accuracy, the Unifiller features a glass breakage prevention system and is able to Clean-in-Place without disassembling the fill stations.

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JBT’s Patrick Schoenaers explained that one of the key advantages offered by the
Unifiller was that it could be used equally effectively with cans and plastics, as well as glass.

The JBT Unifiller is not only marketed for jam or marmalade applications, but is customized by JBT to meet particular product requirements and container types, from low viscous products without particles to high viscous products with particles, in metal cans, glass or plastic containers.

“The Unifiller is a high-accuracy filling system that features a hygienic design,” he said. “It offers a very quick changeover between product and format, and can be cleaned in-place without having to dismantle the fill stations.”

Among other topics discussed at the seminar, speakers detailed new innovations in the field of closures for glass jars. Crown’s Orbit cover, for example, is a two-piece metal closure design adapted to allow female consumers, older people and young children to open glass jars far more easily.Crown Orbit

The increasing trend among food processors to offer personalised glass jars through embossing, sleaving or the use of color was also high on the seminar agenda during the day-long event.

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Above: an example of differentiation by coloring the glass.

“All the companies that were present work principally as private labellers. Nowadays retailers are working hard to improve the image of their own brands and are asking their private labellers to add value – one way of doing that is through innovative designs for personalised glass jars,” Schoenaers concluded.

Learn more about JBT’s Unifiller: here

Fresh solutions at Fruit Logistica 2016

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JBT Corporation, technological solutions provider for fruit juice companies and vegetable processors, will be showcasing new innovations that can add value to end products during its appearance at Fruit Logistica 2016.

Easily the most important event of its kind for the global fresh produce sector, JBT will be on hand this week at Fruit Logistica 2016 from 3-5 February in Berlin, Germany, to highlight a range of new technologies that can make a commercial difference to end products, improving both shelf life and appearance.

In attendance at Fruit Logistica 2016 with both its fresh and processing businesses, JBT will be showcasing its entire fresh produce technology line, as well as highlighting its role as a processing and extraction solutions provider for fruits and vegetables.

On the fresh side, JBT will have innovative Produce Identification equipment on show, plus selected examples of juice processing technology alongside videos displaying the company’s other products and services.

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Fruit juice innovations
Visitors will have the chance to view a new prototype Fresh’n Squeeze® juice extractor, which recently made its debut together with fresh, new branding for the highly-successful system.

The new model of the Fresh’n Squeeze Multi Fruit Juicer has been designed to produce up to 100 litres of high-grade fruit juice per hour, complementing a range globally recognised as delivering the highest yielding juice currently available for the foodservice sector.MFJ

JBT business development manager, John Siddle, said: “We are proud of the Fresh’n Squeeze range because of the superior yield and quality of the juice produced compared with other machines on the market.

“The superior extraction technology has been repackaged in a sleek new design for storefront and supermarket display and use. It was always functional, but now it is updated and attractive.”

“Our superior technology, innovation, service, and global reach makes JBT the most valued supplier for fresh produce and juice solutions.”

Technology that delivers
However, Fresh’n Squeeze is just a small part of the range of products that JBT will be showcasing at the trade exhibition. On the processing side, the company will highlight its FTE-CE cold extraction system, particularly focusing on its application related to vegetables.

JBT head of EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa) operations, Christian Gelati, said: “JBT will be pointing out the flexibility of the system and its ability to deliver high extraction efficiency for a premium quality end product.”

Gelati said JBT would also showcase the ability of the company’s new Extended Shelf Life and Pulsed Electric Field technologies to add value to processed vegetables.

Other products on display include a new Laser Food laser labelling machine for custom fruit marking and a range of coatings developed to deliver an improved appearance for fruits and vegetables while also helping preserve product quality during long shipments.

Many of the coatings have been formulated for use worldwide, rather than for sole use in certain countries or regions.

Summing up JBT’s expectations ahead of Fruit Logistica 2016, Gelati said the company was aiming to demonstrate to visitors its capability to deliver effective solutions for all areas of their businesses.

He added: “JBT is the ideal partner for fresh produce and fruit juice suppliers. We are able to support them in the different parts of their businesses both in the fresh area and in processing with knowhow, highly competent service and first class technology.”

About JBT Corporation
JBT Corporation is a leading global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries.

The company designs, manufactures, tests and services technologically sophisticated systems and products for regional and multi-national industrial food processing customers through its JBT FoodTech segment and for domestic and international air transportation customers through its JBT AeroTech segment.

JBT Corporation employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide and operates sales, service, manufacturing and sourcing operations located in over 25 countries.

JBT will exhibiting at Fruit Logistica 2016 in Hall 5.1, A.02.

JBT’s revolutionary food sterilizer system

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Almost every product sold in a can – from evaporated milk to soups and tomato purée – needs to be subjected to a high temperature before it leaves the factory floor to eliminate any potential bacterial threat, from botulism to salmonella.

With some systems, this is a labor-intensive process, with batches – or cubes – of cans having to be packed into static cookers, heated up and then cooled down before the next batch can be introduced.

JBT’s Continuous Rotary Sterilizer product line – recognized as an engineering landmark by both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) – is a system that has single-handedly revolutionized can sterilization.

Employing a circular, rotating cylinder and paddle wheels that agitate cans as they are passed through, the Continuous Rotary Sterilizer range is effective, efficient and ensures that contents are thoroughly cooked, eliminating the risk of bacterial contamination.

So successful has the Continuous Rotary Sterilizer line been that approximately half of all the world’s canned goods are now processed using the system.

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How it works
“The JBT Continuous Rotary Sterilizer can process most foods filled into a cylindrical can that need a high temperature applied to it,” explains JBT Application Engineering Manager Mike O’Hara.

This covers a wide range of products from milk, fruit juices, soups, many types of fruits and vegetables even including pasta type products. Most products are mixed up in vats and then filled into the container. The container is sealed and then sterilized in the sealed can so no bacteria can get in.

Previous systems used a still cook process where cans would be stacked inside a static vessel and subjected to a high temperature. Typically the problem with this method was inconsistency in the cook between the center and outside of the stack; the outermost containers would be over cooked. This could cause browning or caramelization, especially in milk which consumers would not accept.

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Where the rotary really brings benefits, says O’Hara, is through agitation.

The JBT Continuous Rotary Pressure Sterilizer is available in two diameters – a roughly 60” model and a larger 112” model – both of which are relatively simple to operate.

“You have a cylindrical tube with a spiral helix welded to the interior of the tube that advances the cans down the length of the sterilizer,” explains O’Hara. “Inside the tube, the cans ride on a paddle wheel type device that provides a rotational motion. As the cans are pushed down the side of the vessel, the cans will roll providing a mixing action – this is key in providing a consistent cook, better product color and taste.”

With the mixing action, the heat penetration is faster and reduces cooking time verses other methods. Another big benefit, O’Hara says, is that each container experiences the same process in the Rotary Sterilizer, unlike static retorts where a difference is commonly seen from the interior can of a stack to the cans on the edge.

The length and number of vessels can vary depending on what you are cooking. A light broth will typically cook quickly in one 20 foot long vessel, while a heavy soup may require two or three 40 foot long vessels. The containers are also cooled back down in a similar way.

“With all the different types of food being processed in the world, we are set up well to design a good solution for each application,” adds O’Hara.

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Key advantages
Now manufactured at sites in California, Belgium and South Africa, the Continuous Rotary Sterilizer is available and widely-used by manufacturers in countries worldwide, from the Americas to Asia, attracted by the advantages that the product line offers.

The Continuous Rotary Sterilizer product line includes pressure vessels for products that are subject to botulism and need to be cooked at a higher temperature, as well as atmospheric vessels, using a process similar to pasteurization, where E.coli, or Salmonella is the threat. For example in tomato products, lower temperatures can be used to kill the bacteria without affecting the contents.

Another key advantage is the efficiency of the Continuous Rotary Sterilizer system.

“The rotary is very efficient – once you heat up the vessel, cans go into the paddle wheel spiral, through the vessel and pop out the other end in a continuous 500 cans a minute (or faster) cycle,” explains O’Hara.

“With a batch retort system, you put the batch in, raise the temperature and then you have to cool all the product and machine before putting in a new batch and heating it up again, so you are always heating and cooling,” he says. “With the continuous rotary, once you heat it up you are ready to go.”

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Compared with other systems, notably batch retort, O’Hara says the Continuous Rotary Sterilizer is also far less labor-intensive.
“With batch retorts, you have to have a pretty complex loading and unloading system, often times its manual,” he says.

“But with a rotary, the cans come out from the filler and seamer, roll into the cooker and away they go. One operator can watch five or six lines, whereas with a batch system it depends on how you are loading and unloading the containers – there is that extra step there.”

Potential problems are also avoided by an inbuilt validation system that tracks critical control points and alerts the operator if there is any deviation from the intended recipe.

Although not the cheapest option from a capital investment standpoint, with saving on utilities and reduced labor the rotary can save money in the long term. In some cases the Continuous Rotary Sterilizer offers a typical return of investment in under two years.

Learn more about the latest generation of JBT Rotary Pressure Sterilizers’ ability to handle today’s light-weight, stackable cans with easy-to-open ends.