Mr. Bassoul continued, “Sales at our Food Processing Equipment Group in the second quarter declined slightly in comparison to a robust 2010. While sales and orders slowed in the first half, we have seen an increase in orders subsequent to end of the quarter as several projects have been finalized with our customers. The level of customer inquiries and quoting activity remains strong, particularly in emerging markets where the demand for precooked and prepared foods is increasing and the need for advanced technologies is being recognized by food processors.”
Mr. Bassoul further added, “We continue to execute on our acquisition strategy of acquiring leading brands and technologies. We were pleased to have completed the acquisitions of Beech and Lincat during the second quarter. The acquisition of these two companies further added to Middleby’s portfolio of global leading brands in our Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group.”
“Following the end of the second quarter, we completed the acquisitions of Danfotech, Maurer-Atmos and Auto-Bake. Danfotech is a leading manufacturer of meat presses and defrosting equipment for the food processing industry. Maurer-Atmos is a leading manufacturer of batch and continuous ovens for the food processing industry. Auto-Bake Pty Ltd is a leading manufacturer of automated baking systems for the food processing industry. With these acquisitions, Middleby adds three very strong leading brands to its Food Processing Equipment Group and significantly strengthening our global platform and expanding our product portfolio.”
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