Selim A. Bassoul Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the first quarter, at our Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, we realized continued growth in our commercial foodservice business reflecting increased sales with chain restaurant customers as they upgrade equipment and adopt new technologies to improve the efficiency of store operations.”
Mr. Bassoul continued, “Sales at our Food Processing Equipment Group increased slightly as increased incoming orders in the second half of last year began to translate into revenue growth. We continued to realize a strong incoming order rate in the first quarter reflecting growing demand from food processors looking to expand and modernize existing plant operations and new customers developing processing operations overseas due to increasing demand for pre-cooked and pre-processed foods in developing markets.”
Mr. Bassoul continued, “In the first quarter, we continued to execute on our acquisition strategy, adding the products of Turkington USA to our portfolio of leading technologies at the Food Processing Equipment Group. Turkington USA, is a leading manufacturer of automated baking equipment for the food processing industry located in North Carolina. This acquisition further extends Middleby’s food processing platform adding a comprehensive line of proofing ovens, baking ovens and chilling systems for baked goods and a variety of applications. The Turkington equipment provides for a superior bake at industry leading speeds. This acquisition complements our Auto-Bake business and further enhances Middleby’s overall food processing business.”
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