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John Bean Technologies N.V.

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From primary food processing to retail packaging: optimizing the production line

Innovation does not always result in a single solution for just one application – it can open doors to many other useful creations that benefit a broader audience. So what started off as the invention of a simple machine designed to eradicate a severe infestation affecting orchards in a valley in California in 1884 gave rise to a company that, by 1930, had emerged as one of the largest global suppliers of food processing equipment. Today the company, appropriately named after its founder John Bean or better known as the JBT Corporation, achieves a 1.5 billion USD annual turnover as a multinational. Some major satellite operations are located in Europe: Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Parma, Italy; Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; and Helsingborg, Sweden.