Middleby: Acquires GBT GmbH Bäckerei Technologie

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 GBT GmbH Bäckerei Technologie (GBT). Based in Lünen, Germany, the company has expertise in engineering and manufacturing high-grade industrial baking and bread lines. Annual revenues are approximately EUR 10 million.

«GBT customizable equipment highly complements our existing bakery brands and allows us to strengthen our European presence in large scale baking,» said Tim FitzGerald, CEO of Middleby. «The company brings German engineering capabilities and a broad knowledge of full line bakery solution integration to Middleby. Adding GBT innovation to our existing bakery portfolio will allow us to expand our offerings and customer base with new full line solutions. While we believe there are many synergies between the companies that will continue to increase, GBT will immediately benefit from our existing and well-established customer channels.»

GBT baking experts have decades of experience in high performance, large volume product systems for bread, buns, sweet pastries, and other baked goods. The company develops and installs specialty bread systems, tunnel ovens and conveyor baking systems and offers products including dough dividers and weighers, and proofers. Their comprehensive customer service addresses project conception and management, manufacturing, assembly, training, maintenance, and service. The systems, products and services offered by GMT will enhance the capabilities of Middleby Bakery full line solutions.