The line starts with an extractor, which receives the raw products and performs the initial size reduction.
Processing machinery manufacturer JBT has introduced a new solution for small- and medium-sized processors of cold-pressed juice and purée.
Described as a “complete, combined solution”, the processing line is positioned as a more efficient, effective and simpler-to-clean system than typical batch bag press solutions. A combination of three pieces of equipment, it is aimed at smaller producers making premium juices and blends.
The line consists of an FVX5 fruit and vegetable extractor, which receives the raw products and performs the initial size reduction; an FTE50 Turbo Finisher, which produces a purée from the mash created with the FVX5; and an optional screw or paddle finisher to deliver juice with a medium-to-high solid content.
For a very thin product, the juice can also be sent through a decanting system.
According to Michael Mas, JBT’s global product line director for fruit and vegetable processing, a number of these combined solutions have been sold over recent months with more expected to follow.
“It’s aimed at super premium products,” Mas said. “You can use it for juices, blends and drinks. We have one in the US creating blended drinks from apples, carrots, ginger, and leafy greens.
“The system is for smaller processors looking to move from batch processing. The typical equipment for smaller processors is a batch press where the fruit is cut up and placed in a bag, which squeezes the fruit to extract the juice. You then have to open the bag and throw away the leftover mash and clean the bag, but it’s not the easiest system to clean.”
JBT’s recently added system offers a seamless flow, which delivers continuous flow processing instead of having to do batches, with a flexibility that allows companies to blend in fruits and vegetables during the process.
“If you want to have for example a mix of apples, carrot and kale, you can throw them all into the same hopper and it blends on a continuous basis,” Mas added.
“Hygienic design and cleanability are also key design features. With a bag press, you have to physically clean it, wash it and maybe put it in caustic soda to make sure the bag is clean. With a CIP capable process, you can hook it up and run it through a complete cleaning process without being forced to take everything apart.”
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