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.”
The Middleby Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results
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