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JBT Expanding European Presence

The company is opening a new facility in Spain that will manufacture and distribute JBT’s fresh produce technologies and product lines, and create identification solutions.

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JBT, a leading technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, has announced the expansion of its European presence with a new facility under its Diversified Food and Health group in Fortuna, Spain.

Slated to be fully operational in late 2021, the new facility will manufacture and distribute JBT’s fresh produce technologies and product lines, including coatings, cleaners, decay control, equipment, and produce identification solutions. The location will also serve as the primary regional sales and service office for the company’s fruit and vegetable business, as well as a laboratory space to conduct research and development, process validation, and quality control functions. In addition, the facility will house a pilot plant, where the company will run fruit and vegetable technology trials and other new product development testing.

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“Over 75% of the world’s citrus juices are produced with JBT technology, and we are thrilled to expand our regional fresh produce presence, especially in Spain,” says John Siddle, JBT global product line director, Fresh Produce Technologies. “With this local manufacturing and R&D facility, our hope is to create a better support structure and stronger touchpoint for our fresh produce technology customers. We look forward to growing our community and connecting with new and existing customers in the region.”

A full-service partner, JBT’s Diversified Food and Health Division provides technology solutions, customer care, process knowledge, safety, and support for its customers. The new regional facility in Fortuna will enable JBT to have a better sales and support structure, in addition to a local manufacturing base. 

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