Industrial Baking: Middleby Acquires Escher Mixers

Elgin / IL. (tmc) The Middleby Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of equipment for the commercial foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchen industries, announced the acquisition of Escher Mixers, a designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered spiral and planetary mixers for the industrial baking industry. Escher customers include large grocery and retail chains, and they provide established solutions for the artisanal bread and pastry industries. Located in Vicenza, Italy, the company has annual revenues of USD 15 million.

«Escher is a leading provider of innovative dough handling and mixing equipment, including automated and robotic solutions. This acquisition is a perfect complement to our current bakery brands and allows us to offer full-line integrated solutions for lower operating costs and enhanced production efficiencies,» said Tim FitzGerald, Middleby CEO. «We know first-hand the high quality of the company and the superiority of their products based on our commercial history and partnership. We are confident there will be a seamless strategic fit between our companies.»

Escher offers fully automated solutions for pre-dough mixing processes. Automated dough mixing and line capacity utilization reduces product production costs and eliminates the use of dough additives for a clean label, high quality bakery product with expanded shelf life. All Escher mixers are ergonomically designed to ensure accessibility, cleanability and food safety.

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