JBT Corporation has agreed to acquire Stork Food & Dairy Systems, a major European filling and sterilization solutions specialist for approximately $51 million.

Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Stork Food & Dairy Systems designs, manufactures and supplies integrated aseptic processing and sterilization technologies, and filling systems, to beverage and food processing companies worldwide. The company specializes in extending the shelf life of common packaged foods such as standard and flavored milk, coffee drinks, cream, yogurt, desserts, fruit juices, soups and sauces.

 “We are very excited to add complementary aseptic and thermal processing and filling technologies to JBT’s Liquid Foods product portfolio,” said Steve Smith, executive vice president and president of JBT Food Tech. “This acquisition will significantly strengthen our ability to provide complete solutions to our customers in the global liquid foods industry. We also are very pleased to welcome Stork Food & Dairy Systems employees to the JBT family.”