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JBT to highlight vegetable juice processing innovations at IFT Chicago

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As consumer awareness of healthy eating grows, so has demand for fresh vegetable juices. These vitamin-filled options are increasingly found in the beverage section of supermarkets, and are continuing to develop at a time when the traditional juice market is flat-to-declining.

With this demand in mind, JBT will have a team consisting of a research scientist and a product development engineer at North America’s leading food science annual meeting & expo, IFT 16, from July 16- 19 to discuss its latest innovations for vegetable juice and puree processing.

The highlight of the discussions will be the JBT READYGo™ vegetable/fruit processing test skid which integrates a series of primary processing steps including conveying, size reduction and heating operations on a single, compact stainless steel frame, and is designed to extract juice or puree from a variety of different vegetables and fruits.

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Range of solutions
According to JBT’s Sam Mudgal, who will be attending the show, the READYGo vegetable skid is just one of a range of solutions for vegetable juice, puree and concentrates that the team will be focusing on at IFT Chicago.

“IFT is one of the biggest events for the food systems community – with participants from over 90 countries – so you have food technologists, scientists and engineers who come together and discuss really interesting topics in the industry and potential challenges,” he explains.

“We’ll be talking to industry folks at the expo about the technology and the research that we have done at our Lakeland Research & Technology Center, and what JBT has to offer in terms of processing capabilities.

Brandon Coles, who will also be attending for JBT, said: “In light of the widespread interest, we have spent considerable resources testing and researching juice and puree processing and now want to share that information. Even more than that though, we will continue the research and work with customers to explore how to improve vegetable processing for them.”

Other key products for the sector that JBT will be highlighting at the event include JBT Juice Finishers where juice extraction is achieved using a screw or paddle style finisher. These receive vegetable mash from the READYGo test skid, and can extract juice from everything from butternut squash to cucumbers.

Designed for high performance puree extraction, the JBT FTE Turbo Finisher, which can produce puree from whole vegetables, will also be part of the discussions at the show.

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Significant advantages
Mudgal, a food scientist by profession, says a major advantage that JBT’s systems offer to vegetable processors compared with those of competitors is that JBT offers a continuous process. Rather than making juices in batches, JBT’s READYGo test skid allows for a continuous process for chopping, mashing and extracting juices from vegetables.

Another significant advantage of JBT’s system is its adaptability, says Mudgal, explaining that it can be used for vegetables with different morphologies and structures. “Extracting juice from a pumpkin is very different from that of a carrot, so you need different separation technologies for different matrices,” he explains.

“The good thing with JBT’s system is that you have a vegetable skid that basically makes a mash out of a variety of whole vegetables, whether that be cucumber, kale, celery or red beets. And once you have the mash, you can choose from a range of JBT finishers to make a puree or a juice with desired quality attributes.”

JBT’s dates solution: a winning combination of efficiency & service

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Dates are a commodity widely consumed not just in the Middle East, but worldwide, and have become a key ingredient in many bakery products featured on supermarket shelves. But how best to process a notoriously sticky and delicate product?

JBT Corporation could well have the answer with a complete processing solution that is helping address the needs of fresh packers and ingredients processors alike.

Covering the moment of entry to the processor through to pallet-ready product, JBT’s system for dates processors also has a considerable edge over those offered by competitors due to the post-sales service provided by the company, which works to quickly overcome any problems.

As Aftermarket Parts & Equipment Sales Account Manager, Jeff Cook, explains, JBT constantly checks its machines to make sure they are performing as expected and, if not, makes sure the system is back to its optimum best as soon as possible.

Such a level of post-sales customer care is especially important for a product like dates, which runs through a complex processing cycle before being delivered to market.

“JBT has given me a lot of confidence, knowing that it’s not just my eyes looking at everything”

Jayson Simmons from leading US organic date company Woodspur Farms says JBT’s equipment and post-sales assistance has proven hugely helpful in maintaining a successful business. “If we have an issue or a problem we want resolved, JBT has been extremely helpful at providing engineering and bringing different viewpoints and thoughts to the table – that has given me a lot of confidence, knowing that it’s not just my eyes looking at everything,” he explains.

“One of the things I have appreciated most about JBT is that they have shown a great effort to help us improve our processes. They are not just a sales team or a company that wants to sell products, they actually want to solve a problem, and that I really appreciate.”

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How the process works

JBT’s solution for dates processors starts right from the moment the product is introduced to the processing line, says Cook. “Trays of dates which are about 20×20 inches are dumped manually onto a conveyor belt and there’s a little apparatus on top of that belt that knocks the sticky dates out of the trays,” he explains.

“The dates are then taken down several different conveyor belts before going to a pre-grade section where they are checked and pre-graded as required, throwing out those that have defects or are not up to standard.

“Then they go to a JBT food safe brush-bed where they are brushed and cleaned, and – after  sizing and grading – continue down the line to one of our automated weight fillers. Here the dates fall into a box and once the box reaches a specified weight, the filler stops, pushes the box out, and a new one comes in.

“The boxes continue along a carton conveyor, through a metal detector and then on to a tape machine, before finally being manually placed onto pallets.”

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Dates as an ingredient

For dates destined to be ground up and used in candy bakes, the process involves a pitter, which removes the pit before the product goes through a tumbler where it can be coated, for example in coconut shavings or nuts.

Cook says JBT is currently developing a complementary solution that will return the excess coating back to the front of the line for further processing or reuse.

Once the dates are finished being coated, they are placed in plastic clamshells, moved down the line on a conveyor, and manually packed into cartons.

Looking further ahead, JBT’s equipment business has been working closely with other JBT business units to broaden its offering for processors. Cook says a system to hydrate and rehydrate the dates is currently being developed.

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Post-sales focus

JBT currently supplies the system to US dates processors and packers, covering a swath of land from Southern California to Arizona, but Cook says the company is aiming to reach potential clients on a global basis.

The reason for this confidence is the sales and post-sales coverage provided by JBT which sets it apart from its competitors.

“Anyone can make a mousetrap, but are they there to support it later down the road when there are maintenance needs, repairs, things that can go wrong in a processing line? A lot of our competitors may just sell equipment and then walk away. There is no post-sales support, which is something we firmly believe in,” he says.

“JBT’s engineers get involved with the customers’ issues and then come up with a solution for them,” Cook adds.

For more information, please contact Jeff Cook at Jeff.Cook@JBTC.COM

JBT showcases Fresh’n Squeeze at ProPak Asia 2016

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JBT’s Thailand team has received an enthusiastic response from visitors to its stand at the ProPak Asia exhibition at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), which features a Fresh’n Squeeze citrus juice demonstration.

Running until June 18, JBT’s team are present at the event in Hall 104, stand 4×32 (Singapore Pavilion) where they are focusing on highlighting JBT’s solutions for the fast-expanding Asian processed food and drink market.

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JBT is also staging two technology update talks for ProPak delegates. The first took place on July 15 on continuous in-container sterilization technology, while the second talk covering frozen food equipment technologies will be held on July 17 in meeting room 220 (level 2).

For more information, please contact Ni at: nithiwadee.wichaimethawee@jbtc.com

JBT Sterilization seminar wins plaudits from Thai food & drink sector

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JBT Corporation has won praise from leading food and drink processors from across Thailand following its latest Sterilization Technical Seminar, which examined the ways in which JBT’s products and support network can effectively benefit manufacturers in the country.

Titled ‘Complete Solutions to an Optimized Sterilization Process’, the workshop covered a variety of JBT sterilization solutions for processors including batch, continuous rotary and continuous hydromatic systems, as well looking at the company’s process technology service.

JBT, which works closely with coffee, dairy, non-carbonated beverage and tuna processors in the country, used the seminar to focus on JBT’s Hydrostatic and Rotary Pressure sterilizers, as well as its fillers and seamers, and Automatic Batch Retort system.

Julien Vidus, preservation systems – manager of sales, JBT Asia Pacific, said: “Thailand is a very important market for JBT in South East Asia where we have a very strong local presence.

“Compared with our competitors, JBT has a far greater variety of sterilization technology available, thermal process expertise, and the capability to support our customers when it comes to FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) filing.”

Teerachart Yongmunkongkul, sales manager, JBT Thailand, added: “We would like to build awareness that we, JBT, are at the forefront of sterilization solutions through this marketing event. “We believe that the best technology brings you the best quality.”

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Positive feedback
The seminar certainly found favour among attendees. Abdul Rahman Abd Aziz, a quality control executive from Etika Dairies who travelled from Malaysia to take part in the workshop, said he hoped JBT technology could help the company improve its productivity levels.

“As an evaporated cream manufacturer, we face some heat distribution during the sterilization process – although this does not affect the safety of the product, we would like to solve it to enhance our productivity,” he said.

“I flew directly from Malaysia to join the seminar because I would like to know more about the sterilization technology and I know I can learn a lot from JBT.”

Sanchai Nitheekulawat, procurement division manager at Green Spot Company, said: “The sterilization system is key to producing sterile soy milk products and JBT’s machine lets us produce safe food. The machine and parts are durable and the technology is reliable They are one of the key value elements of our supply chain.”

Watcharapong Boonnam, production manager at F&N Dairies (Thailand), added: “Hi-technology fillers, closers, the continuous sterilizer and the steam water spray from JBT helps us produce milk and beverages effectively. The critical issue for the thermal process is controlling the temperature.

“JBT’s temperature control technology complies with USFDA regulations and in the 15 years we have worked with them we have never had a single food safety issue during in the process.”

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ProPak Asia
JBT’s Thailand team will be participating in forthcoming ProPak Asia exhibition, which takes place in the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from June 15-18, where they will feature a Fresh’n Squeeze citrus juice demonstration.

Located in Hall 104, stand 4×32 (Singapore Pavilion), JBT will be focusing on highlighting its solutions for the fast-expanding Asian processed food and drink market.

JBT will also be staging two technology update talks for ProPak delegates on July 15 and 17 in meeting room 220 (level 2), which will cover JBT continuous in-container sterilization technology and frozen food equipment technologies respectively.

For more information, please contact Ni at: nithiwadee.wichaimethawee@jbtc.com

JBT citrus workshop to focus on juice yield gains

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JBT Corporation is staging a one-day Citrus Technical Workshop for its Brazilian customers and interested companies this week, which will demonstrate how JBT technology can help deliver 3% more high quality juice than was previously available.

The workshop, which will be held at JBT Araraquara on May 31, will focus on highlighting the latest technological developments for the sector from JBT, including systems designed to increase juice and lemon oil yields.

JBT’s Januário Soligon explains that the event will update customers and potential clients on new developments from JBT aimed at improving the yield and quality of juices, oils and pulps extracted from citrus fruits, particularly oranges and lemons.

The workshop will also look at how automation of citrus processing can improve performance and reduce labor costs, filtering systems, Stork sterilisation and aseptic filling technology for juices, citrus processing good practices, and systems for oil recovery that have shown outstanding results.

In addition, attendees will get the chance to visit JBT’s research, development and manufacturing facility, where they can learn more about the company’s quality control during the manufacturing process.

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Outstanding results
As Soligon explains, JBT has already achieved outstanding results when it comes to improving juice quality and delivering effective lemon oil extraction technologies, with the company’s MORE (Modular Oil Recovery Equipment) extractor system having proven to be highly efficient.

JBT will also be introducing its READYGo™ d-LIMONENE unit for removing valuable d-Limonene oil, which has itself demonstrated vigorous results during testing.

On the juice side, JBT will be highlighting recently-developed new components that can be added to existing systems to deliver better juice yields.

“This is very important for the business – every 1% gain that you have in this business is a lot, so you are talking about huge volumes,” says Soligon. “Brazil produces a lot of juice – out of every five glasses of orange juice being consumed worldwide at any given time, three of those are likely to have been produced in Brazil.”

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The workshop will also cover how companies can save on labor costs through increased automation on processing lines, as well as focusing on how JBT’s new finisher technologies can boost the amount of high quality juice produced.

“We have a finish automation system that can deliver a 3% gain in the amount of primary, high quality juice produced – this is something we are going to be introducing to the Brazilian market,” adds Soligon.

JBT’s Citrus Technical Workshop will takes place from 8am-6pm in Araraquara, Brazil. For more information, please contact: Januario.Soligon@JBTC.COM

 

JBT to focus on citrus processing excellence at Juiceful Istanbul

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JBT Corporation will highlight the latest developments in its citrus processing and juice business during a visit to the upcoming Juiceful Istanbul 2016 conference; an event which is likely to draw attention to the growth of the sector in Turkey and the Middle East.

With JBT providing a range of options for citrus companies, from citrus juice extractors, finishers and aseptic systems through to innovative Fresh’n Squeeze® point-of-sale juicers, it is well-positioned to provide solutions for a fast-developing market.

Over the past decade, JBT has worked hard to establish its systems and solutions in the Turkish and Middle Eastern markets, and now counts some major players among its customer base, including Göknur, Dimes and Anadolu Etap.

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Carlos Saavedra, global marketing manager for JBT’s Liquid Foods business, explains that Turkey and the Middle East are among the few global markets that are currently growing in terms of both citrus production and processing.

“The Middle East is one of the few growing markets in citrus production – from a relatively small base, but nevertheless it is still growing,” he says. “Egypt has grown over the past decade and Turkey has grown as well, and we’ve been pretty effective in gaining a share of those markets.”

“Turkey is a market that is growing in terms of citrus processing – we have some relatively new customers and a few others that we are talking to, so Juiceful Istanbul is an opportunity to see those new customers and new prospects,” Saavedra adds.

JBT’s Fresh’n Squeeze® Juicers set to make a splash at Restaurant Show

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JBT’s innovative Fresh’n Squeeze citrus juicers will be showcased at the upcoming National Restaurant Show 2016, where the company will be highlighting the fact that the machine can deliver up to 50% more juice yield than its competitors.

This year, JBT will be present at the show, which takes place in Chicago, IL from May 21-24, together with its master distributor Juicernet, a company that specializes in supplying Fresh’n Squeeze juicers to supermarkets, juice bars, hotels and restaurants, among other outlets.

JBT Fruit Juice Account Manager, Jerry King, says JBT will be speaking to restaurants and hotel chains that are interested in providing fresh juice for their customers, as well as grocery retailers that are looking to open in-store juice bar kiosks.

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Yield advantage
King explains that JBT will be focusing on highlighting the juice quality and high yield capabilities – two of the most sought-after features that the Fresh’n Squeeze juicers offer.

“The foundation of the Fresh’n Squeeze juicer is in our years of experience in citrus processing and extraction – with that technology, we are able to achieve anywhere from a 30-50% juice yield advantage over our competition, which is huge,” he says.

“If you are familiar with what juice yield can mean in terms of having to buy, store and handle less fruit, as well as the labor savings involved, there’s a lot of ways in which that benefits the user.”

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Equally importantly, King says Fresh’n Squeeze juicers offer the best juice quality available in terms of peel oil content and the system’s ability to remove fruit core and seed material.

Unlike many rival systems, which King says can involve major adjustments depending on fruit size; Fresh’n Squeeze juicers are very versatile when it comes to handling all types and varieties of citrus fruit.

“Competitors machines are very size sensitive, so components have to be changed depending on the type of fruit, or separate machines have to be purchased – with our machine, the fruit size range is very open and no adjustments or separate components are required,” he adds.

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