JBT Corporation has launched the SteriCompact UHT processing system, the latest in the company’s Sterideal HX UHT range, which has been adapted to meet demand for smaller pack sizes in emerging markets.
The SteriCompact UHT also aims to cater to specialised products in high-end markets.
Already in the process of being installed with processors in Brazil, Thailand and India, the system is designed for a milk and juice production in smaller packages – of down to 80ml – than has been common in most markets to date.
Bram Bergsma, product line operations manager for processing systems at JBT Food & Dairy Systems, said: “In countries like India and Brazil, there’s a trend for smaller filling capacity machines and packaging.
“These are countries with large populations, but where people don’t necessarily have the income to afford the larger packs. The SteriCompact UHT has been developed for these markets.”
As well as standard dairy applications, the system, which handles lower-range capacity production of 2,000 to 4,000 litres per hour, can be configured with optional modules to process extended shelf life milk, juices with small fibres and soy products.
The SteriCompact UHT is designed around one central skid containing all the process components including the electrical system, which JBT said results in reduced installation time and cost.
In addition to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the system has also attracted attention in Europe and the US. “We’ve received significant interest from Spain and the US for smaller capacity lines for smaller batches,” added Bergsma. “This is for products produced in small amounts where the flavour can change frequently, so having the SteriCompact UHT in place will help avoid waste.”