JBT is using the occasion of this week’s Almond Conference to launch a full service pasteurization offering – from start to finish – for the almond industry. As part of its presence at the event, which takes place in the Sacramento Convention Center, California until December 6, JBT will be offering an innovative, one-stop solution for pasteurization for almond producers and processors.
With the Almond Board of California having recently made it a requirement for almonds to be pasteurized after harvesting, there is now an obligation for farmers from California – the biggest almond production region in the US – to have pasteurization systems in place.
However, according to JBT’s Tricia Harlan, up to this stage there has not been a company willing to offer everything from a pasteurizer to a chiller to cover the entirety of the pasteurization process.
“What we are offering at the show is the pasteurizer and all ancillary equipment needed for pasteurization,” she explains. “So we’ll have conveyors, refrigeration, the steam generator, the chiller, as well as the actual pasteurizer itself, so when customers are looking to bring pasteurization from a tolling operation to in-house, they have a one-stop shop where they can get everything from us.”
“Most of the attendees at the Almond Conference will be from California, so in some way, shape or form, they need to have their almonds pasteurized in order to sell to the retail market,” Harlan continues. For small-medium sized processors, the complete solution will include a JBT Stein JSP-I Jet Stream® Pasteurization System Compact, alongside a JBT Frigoscandia FloFREEZE® Chiller, which is used to lower the temperature of almonds following pasteurization.
“In order to operate those pieces of equipment, you need a steam generator, refrigeration systems and conveyors, all of which will be available in our solution,” adds Harlan.
JBT’s Ramesh Gunawardena will be delivering a presentation on the almond pasteurization technologies available from JBT at the Almond Conference in Room 306–307 at 11.10 am on December 5.
JBT will also be showcasing solutions for the nut industry at the Peanut & Tree Nut Processors Association (PTNPA) Convention 2019 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, California from January 18-21.