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Meeting the sustainability challenge

This article was originally published in the April 2022 edition of FoodChain Magazine.

Today’s protein processors arguably face the perfect storm. Consumer pressure on achieving healthier eating options and more environmentally-friendly production is ever increasing, while energy costs are rising. Torbjörn Persson, JBT’s Director of Value Stream & Global Product Line for Spiral Freezers, outlines how JBT can help protein companies meet the challenge. 

Maximizing yield, minimizing waste and increasing product shelf-life is not just positive from a sustainability point of view, it also makes sound financial sense, making it increasingly important across the global food industry. This is the thinking behind a range of internal and external initiatives launched by JBT aimed at being part of the long-term solution for the industry, which were recognized in 2021 with EcoVadis’s Bronze Sustainability Medal.

In an era of rising populations and increasing pressure on the global food and agriculture system, practical solutions are urgently needed to help producers and processors make better use of the world’s precious resources. Responding to the challenges, JBT has launched ambitious sustainability initiatives aimed at working hand-in-hand with customers to achieve a more efficient food industry worldwide.

Among other achievements, JBT in 2010 set a goal to reduce energy intensity by 25% by the year 2020 through a partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program. JBT not only met the goal in 2019, but surpassed it; reducing the energy intensity in U.S. operations by 31% and globally by 28%.

However, JBT’s efforts have not just been limited to North America. Interest in becoming more sustainable combined with the necessity to achieve energy savings has grown substantially across the UK and indeed all of Europe over recent years, driven by consumers and processors alike, and this is reflected in some of the most recent solutions launched by JBT.

Plug directly into the grid: the Stein electric TwinDrum Spiral Oven

A prime example of this is the new, electric Stein TwinDrum™ Spiral Oven: a solution which gives processors the ability to deliver carbon-free production through sustainable energy sources. Unlike previous versions, the electric TwinDrum’s design means customers can benefit from innovative, two-tier cooking without having to invest in large-scale heating systems by being able to plug directly into the grid and forego oil and gas-heated alternatives.

The electric heater is fitted into the machine so it can be easily accessed for cleaning and maintenance, while having fixed wiring means better reliability. Electric heating also gives processors the ability to use renewable sources of energy that can help them to achieve their environmental goals or commitments.

The Frigoscandia GYRoCOMPACT® 70 meanwhile is a new solution delivers advances in food safety, performance and space optimisation. Developed using input gathered from customers in Europe and North America, the GC70 takes all the best elements of the existing GYRoCOMPACT range, but with a new focus on achieving greater capacity combined with a reduced footprint.

In fact, the GC70 features an increased capacity of up to 20% over a smaller area. To further enhance its sustainable credentials, the freezer’s oil consumption has been reduced by up to 75%, while system innovations provide enhanced performance and efficiency.

These are just two examples of the work on sustainability that JBT is carrying out across its protein business, and many more are on the horizon in the months and years ahead.

JBT is exhibiting at Seafood Processing Global 2022 in Hall 3, Stand 3GG201 at Fira Barcelona Gran Via Venue, Barcelona, Spain until April 28, 2022 and at Anuga FoodTec 2022 in Hall 6.1, Stand D030 – F049 at Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne, Germany until April 29, 2022.

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The IMAX ECOLINE: the injector designed for small to medium-sized businesses

Whether seeking to process fresh poultry, beef and pork products or delicatessen-focused cured meats, bone-in-ham or whole chickens, smaller processors often come up against the same hurdle: cost. With this in mind, JBT has launched the Schöder IMAX ECOLINE Injector, a budget-priced system containing all the quality associated with the Schröder name.

Especially developed for small and medium-sized businesses, the IMAX ECOLINE comes at a favorable entry price and with low operating costs in the basic version, but, crucially, is equally effective across a wide range of processed meat products. More than this, the IMAX ECOLINE features a proven, robust drive concept combined with a thoughtful hygienic design; all recognized hallmarks of Schröder injectors.

Meeting demand
“The ECOLINE has been developed for smaller, cost-conscious processors or for those who might just be starting out in the business,” explains David Hayden, JBT’s Marination and Cured Meats Product Manager for North America. 

Available in three sizes, the machine was introduced in 2021 in response to global demand from smaller processors for a solution that could meet their budgetary and production needs. The range of sizing also accommodates the requirements of processors in Europe and Africa, where product sizes are typically smaller than those seen in the Americas. “These machines are designed to be more flexible to meet the needs of small to medium-sized companies,” says Hayden.

Brine preparation
Another solution designed to complement the IMAX ECOLINE is the BRIMAX brine preparation system, a mixer developed for the production of all types of brine used in injection procedures. Available in a range of sizes, the BRIMAX maintains a standardized product quality under the most stringent hygiene requirements. Uniquely, it also features software, which has been developed and refined using years of experience, that performs, controls and documents the entire system, as the operator.

The IMAX ECOLINE and BRIMAX – along with a range of other JBT Schöder and Wolf-tec solutions – will be on display from May 14-19, 2022 in Hall 8.0, Stands G06 & H06 at IFFA, the annual protein industry trade exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Growing together: how TIPPER TIE supports small processors

For companies starting out in the meat industry – whether that be a small butcher or boutique meat producer with a line of premium products – having efficient, cost-effective processing solutions in place is key to determining if that venture can be a success. JBT TIPPER TIE offers a range of automated and semi-automated solutions that ensure quality specifically aimed at small companies looking to grow while on a reduced budget.

Designed for smaller processors, the TIPPER TIE KDCM range of equipment – much of which will be on display at the upcoming IFFA 2022 exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 14-19 – has a low upfront cost but is made to be robust and reliable on a daily basis. 

“We’ve got a whole line of equipment tailor-made for small meat processors, meat lockers, or small butchers who have a variety of different products and want to have a real hand-made, high-quality look and feel to them, especially products made with premium materials or casings,” explains JBT TIPPER TIE’s Director of Product Management, Conrad Faust.

A hallmark of TIPPER TIE solutions, the KDCM line of machines are available in budget-friendly semi-automatic or labor-saving automatic versions and are designed to run and produce day in and day out, even for multiple shifts. 

Modular solutions
One of the unique things about the KDCM family of machines, Faust continues, is its ability to adapt as a customer’s business grows. “The ‘M’ in KDCM stands for Modular because much of the KDCM family was designed in a modular fashion in such a way that if a customer didn’t order a machine with a looper or a stringer, and then needs one, it is easy to add,” he says. “If you are going to add an additional machine, it will already share a lot of parts with your existing machines.”

And as companies increase their productivity, they can smoothly transfer from a KDCM to a KDCMA. Faust says both versions share similar components and operating principles, which means that upgrades can be carried out with minimal disruption for operators. Further, once customers outgrow the KDCMA range and require more industrial pieces of equipment, TIPPER TIE can offer solutions, such as the SVF1800 which offers even more throughput and features.

Worldwide support
An additional advantage for small companies is that because TIPPER TIE is a part of JBT, it has a very strong support network and expert base already in place around the globe. “If you are buying a piece of TIPPER TIE equipment, you are also buying into the TIPPER TIE and JBT family of support, covering everything from spare parts to manufacturing. We keep customers up and running,” Faust adds.

TIPPER TIE will have a range of solutions on display at IFFA 2022 in Hall 8, Stand J90, and K90 in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 14-19, 2022.

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