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Newest members of JBT family to feature at TecnoCarne 2019

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JBT will be showcasing the technological solutions offered by the company’s most recent recruits at the upcoming TecnoCarne 2019 trade exhibition, which takes place in São Paulo, Brazil from August 6-8. The largest show of its kind for the animal processing industry in Latin America, TecnoCarne focuses on new technologies for protein processors and is expected to draw visitors from across the continent.

JBT will use its presence at the event to highlight some of the newest additions to the JBT family, including machinery from Prime Equipment Group which operates a unit in Brazil, showcasing the company’s turnkey primary and water re-use solutions for the poultry industry.

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The JBT stand will also feature an equipment from JBT CAT – the specialist in weighing and monitoring systems, among a range of other solutions – plus consumables from Tipper Tie and sample High Processing Processing (HPP) baskets from JBT Avure.

JBT Brazil Marketing Analyst Bruno Valetta says JBT will also use the occasion to detail the benefits of choosing Frigoscandia and other freezing solutions for Brazilian meat processors.

“Brazil is one of biggest meat processors in the world, but the challenge is always to open new markets,” says Valetta. “JBT always tries to offer the most innovative solutions available to support companies looking to export their products overseas.”

Request an appointment at the JBT stand at TecnoCarne

XVision: cost-effective x-ray technology makes European debut

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JBT’S innovative XVision™ system, whose unique modular design has helped make x-ray technology more affordable for food processors, is now available for the first time to customers in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East after finalising EU CE certification. The technology, which has already achieved considerable success in the US where over 250 units have been sold, has been installed in JBT’s Helsingborg, Sweden Research & Technology Center where customers can view the system in an active production environment.

XVision’s European debut the recent launch of a new version of the machine, XVision CE Pack, earlier this year for wet foods, amid growing interest across the international food and beverage processing industries in the multiple applications of x-ray technology and it’s ability to safeguard against costly recalls or even lawsuits.

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JBT’s newly-launched XVision CE Pack during testing

Key advantages
Dino Carbone, Division Product Manager for JBT XVision, says Low Cost of Ownership as a result of the innovative modular design is one of the advantages offered by the system. “Customers are able to replace key components of the machine, so there’s no need for expensive technical support,” he says. “It’s completely plug-in and go.”

However, cost is far from XVision’s only advantage. The system, continues Carbone, delivers excellent detection performance being capable of identifying stainless steel – the most common metal contaminant found in production facilities – with three times more accuracy than standard metal detectors. 

Crucially, XVision is also simple to operate, with the emphasis on making it as straightforward to use as possible. “We’ve really taken a lot of the complexity out of the operation,” says Carbone. “Once the machine is trained, it’s less likely the end user will have problems with the settings.”

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Reputation protection
XVision is capable of identifying metals, stones, calcified bone, glass and other contaminants across a wide range of products from bagged and pouched foods through to ready meals, protein bars, candies, nutraceuticals, and fruits and vegetables. The system can also be used to carry out process quality checks by accurately measuring the weight of objects and filled pouches to within 2-3% of the optimum fill level.

“We are seeing an increasing level of interest from customers in XVision because of both it’s versatility as a technology and it’s ability to protect brands against recalls or even lawsuits, which can be very costly and damaging to reputations,” adds Carbone. 

Learn more about XVision

JBT showcases solutions for the future

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At the IFFA 2019 international trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, the JBT team (pictured above) introduced smart and innovative solutions covering the food processing chain and adding value through yield, flexibility, automation, high-hygiene, food safety, clean label and consistent end-product quality. 

Together with customers, JBT is reshaping the food processing landscape of tomorrow by designing innovative solutions setting the standard for the food industries growing expectations, needs and demands.

Among the solutions highlighted at the show was the world-renowned range of Frigoscandia® freezing systems, which continue to be a flagship brand for JBT, with the latest model the GYRoCOMPACT® 40 Spiral Freezer showcased during the fair. The Spiral Freezer is a more compact version with even more hygiene benefits and new freezing technology with the highest capacity of any comparable system.

Volume and accuracy
At IFFA 2019, JBT also had the pleasure of demonstrating the capabilities of the DSI® 800 Series Waterjet Portioning System. An automated solution for portioning and trimming, the DSI Portioner has proven to consistently improve product yield and increase productivity. Built for high volume portions, the portioner functions as a precision machine for high accuracy intense cuts. 

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During the show, JBT’s TIPPER TIE invited visitors to experience live demonstrations of their impressive clipping and packaging solutions. One of the highlights was the worldwide debut of the new SVU6800 high speed automatic double clipper designed for large products such as pumpable ham, large slicing logs and whole muscle loins. It delivers consistent length every time thanks to the strong voider even with sensitive casings. 

JBT’s meat marination specialist Schröder showcased the full scope of cutting-edge equipment for meat marination and preparation, focused around hygienic design, easier handling and less operational amounts of brine. 

On Trend
Meanwhile JBT Avure demonstrated their compelling High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology. With more than 60 years of experience and expertise in HPP science and manufacturing, Avure specializes in HPP systems for food and beverage processing with the fastest and most reliable systems in the industry. Avure helps producers implement HPP from recipe development and process validations to installation, regulatory affairs, and post-installation support.

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Other products exhibited from JBT’s portfolio included the Formcook® 618 Contact Cooker for efficient sealing and searing of products and the XVision™ CCPX Pack, an industry leading technology of X-ray Inspection Systems for contaminant detection in ready meals, and heat and eat products that is making its European debut.

JBT offers customized solutions to food processors at every stage of the production process, including portioning, injection, marination, coating, frying, cooking, freezing, chilling & proofing, inspection, clipping & packaging and high pressure processing ensuring the final product is delivered as requested.

JBT acquires poultry solutions provider Prime Equipment Group

JBT Corporation announced it has purchased Prime Equipment Group Inc., for $65 million. Prime Equipment is a manufacturer of turnkey primary and water re-use solutions to the poultry industry, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

“The acquisition of Prime advances our goal of becoming the preferred provider of full-line solutions for poultry customers with the addition of Prime’s primary processing capabilities,” said JBT Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Tom Giacomini.

“Prime’s latest technologies address pressing needs in the poultry industry in the areas of automation and water re-use which will further strengthen our customer relationships,” said JBT Executive Vice President and President, Protein Paul Sternlieb. “Prime’s revenue is primarily concentrated in the U.S., and we look forward to leveraging JBT’s global reach to accelerate the deployment of the automation and water technology for growth outside the U.S.”

JBT has also announced completion of the previously announced acquisition of Proseal UK, a provider of tray sealing technology for the food industry, for about $280 million.

Learn more about Prime Equipment

 

JBT seals deal to acquire Proseal, an innovator in food tray technology

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JBT has announced completion of the acquisition of Proseal UK, an innovator in environmentally-friendly packaging systems with a manufacturing presence in Europe, the US and Australia. The purchase price for Proseal was £220 million, before customary post-closing adjustments.

Proseal is the leading manufacturer of tray sealing equipment for a range of protein food products including categories such as Red Meat, Pork, Poultry, Fish, Seafood, Ready Meals and produce categories such as Soft Fruit, Fresh Produce, Prepared Produce, Sandwiches, and Snack Foods. Proseal has been at the forefront of developing systems that improve product shelf life whilst minimizing the use of plastic at the same time.

With machines capable of handling 240 packs a minute, the Adlington, UK-based company has experienced strong growth in export markets through the design, manufacture, assembly and servicing of high-quality tray sealing systems and turnkey production line solutions. Used predominantly for food packaging applications, Proseal is continuing to drive growth by developing systems that deliver important sustainability benefits through food preservation techniques and reduced energy consumption.

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Carlos Fernandez, JBT’s Executive Vice President and President, Liquid Foods, said: “The Proseal acquisition provides JBT with a significant platform in the packaging space adding complementary solutions and value adding technologies to many existing customers across JBT’s Liquid Foods and Protein business segments. 

“Tray sealing contributes to JBT’s efforts to provide greater sustainability as well as extending the shelf-life of foods, providing more labeling space on the package and enhancing product appearance. In particular, Proseal’s tray sealing technology pairs extremely well with current initiatives in the fresh-cut produce and case ready protein markets.”

As well as its UK site, Proseal operates manufacturing facilities through its Proseal America subsidiary in Richmond, Virginia, and a further site in Melbourne, Australia operated by Proseal Australia.

Learn more about Proseal’s range of products

JBT’s ADVANTEC system makes thin slicing simple

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Being able to achieve thin slicing of meats without a resulting loss in yield is a key requirement for many processors serving the ready-to-eat market, but until recently this was not always simple to achieve. However the recent introduction of Surface Stabilizing technology as part of JBT’s ADVANTEC™ series of impingement freezers has gone a long way to making thin slicing a relatively straightforward – and speedy – process.

JBT has also launched the Super-Chilling application for the ADVANTEC range; an innovation that enables warm products to be cooled quickly without jeopardising product quality. 

According to Stefan Paulsson, JBT’s Director of Value Stream & Global Product Line for Cooking & Linear Freezers, both applications have been introduced to meet the needs of processors seeking practical, effective solutions for ready-to-eat products.

Surface Stabilizing can be used with products such as deli meat where you are looking to cut it into very thin slices,” explains Paulsson. “This can be quite hard, but if you freeze the surface around it, then you can cut it very thin without suffering any yield loss and you will get a much nicer slice surface as well.”

Likewise, Pausson says Super Chilling can be employed by processors who want to quickly cool warm products without freezing them. “Super Chilling freezes the surface of the product, before the temperature is evened out as a whole, resulting in a chilled product that has quickly been taken from warm to cold,” he says.

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Quick freezing
The story of the ADVANTEC Impingement Freezer range can be traced back to the Frigoscandia Flat Product Freezer (FPF), a system which was created in the 1990s to offer a more cost-effective solution than cryogenic freezing for meat patties. 

Launched in the year 2000, the Frigoscandia ADVANTEC Impingement Freezer was introduced with the aim of being more suitable for a broader market and a greater range of applications and products.

“Impingement freezers are good for quick freezing of thin products,” says Paulsson. “ADVANTEC uses impingement sheets, which are sheets of metal with multiple holes. Through this, a jetstream of air hits the products at high speed, so it cools and freezes really quickly. This compares to many competitors who use air-knives instead, where you only freeze the product when it’s actually underneath the air-knife. Using the ADVANTEC impingement system, products are continually exposed to cooling air.”

As well as being faster and more effective than an air-knife freezer, Paulsson adds that ADVANTEC’s metal sheets are also more hygienic and easier to clean a sheet than a series of air-knives.

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The JBT Frigoscandia ADVANTEC Impingement Freezer

Flexible solution
Now sold worldwide, ADVANTEC is available in two different belt widths – 1250mm and 1800mm – and one to four separate modules, meaning customers can have ADVANTEC in the length and width required for their needs.

JBT also markets the ADVANTEC Compact Chiller, a smaller unit, which is particularly suited to surface stabilization where companies are looking to freeze product surfaces to achieve thin slices.

Learn more about JBT ADVANTEC freezers

From demonstrations to innovations: JBT’s Food Technology Centers

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JBT’s Food Technology Centers (FTC) provide a resource where customers can view JBT equipment and solutions first-hand, see how they work, and even run their own products through the system to experience the kinds of results that can be achieved. One of the longest-established is the JBT FTC in Helsingborg, Sweden, which has served as a popular destination for hundreds of food processors for more than 40 years.

The Helsingborg FTC gives customers the opportunity to test, simulate production, conduct research, as well as optimizing and developing new applications and products using JBT’s latest processing solutions. 

“We can demonstrate equipment to customers, show them how it works, and also run their products in the machine, so it’s possible to see the results they will get,” explains Martin Andersson, JBT’s Application Manager of Value Stream Spiral Freezers and head of the Helsingborg facility.

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“If a customer is hoping to achieve a certain color with a grilled chicken piece or wants to see if it’s possible to achieve a certain coating, texture or quality on a battered and breaded product, they can visit the Food Technology Centre and we can show them what’s possible with our machines.”

Complete solution
The Helsingborg FTC started life in the 1970s as a laboratory for measuring freezing times, but as the facility has grown and added more equipment over the years, it has evolved into a resource where JBT not only showcases solutions, but also refines applications and assists customers with food product development.

The 2000m² test area is now equipped with fully functioning JBT processing equipment in order to provide customers with a complete food processing plant.

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“We are now up to a facility with the ability to run a full TwinDrum Oven, we have a Double D Revoband cooker, we have Formcook Contact cookers, coating lines, a full GYRoCOMPACT Spiral freezer and a complete Advantec impingement freezer,” says Andersson. “We can also show FloFREEZE freezers in our assembly facility, plus we have a full-size Stein TFF fryer there for demonstration, as well as a smaller FA5 fryer.”

Although it might not always be possible to replicate precisely the same pre-processing of products in Helsingborg compared with a customer’s own facility, Andersson says technicians at the FTC are relentless in trying to achieve exactly the correct taste, finish and texture.

But if the exact product cannot be reproduced at the FTC, technicians can bring equipment to the customer’s site for testing in their own environment. “We are not satisfied until the customer is,” Andersson adds.

JBT also has FTCs near Edinburgh in the UK, Sandusky, Ohio in the US, and an Innovation Center in Kunshan, China. 

Learn more about the JBT Food Technology Centers

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