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Lincat joins the Middleby Corporation

The Lincat Group Plc, parent company of Lincat Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial catering equipment for cooking, holding and display, has been acquired by the USA-based catering equipment group, The Middleby Corporation. As a result Lincat Ltd, together with its two UK sister companies, IMC and Britannia Ventilation, are now member companies of The Middleby Corporation.

Established for over 100 years, Middleby has catering equipment production plants in North America, Italy, Denmark and the Philippines. The acquisition of Lincat Group adds three further manufacturing sites in the UK.

Middleby’s market-leading catering equipment brands, include, amongst others: Southbend, Pitco, Turbo Chef, Middleby Marshall, CTX, CookTec, Holman, Star, Blodgett, Hounö, FriFri and Giga.

“Middleby has added three leading brands in the United Kingdom, including Lincat, IMC and Brittania through this acquisition,” said Selim A. Bassoul, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Middleby Corporation. “The addition of these brands complements and significantly strengthens the Middleby presence in the UK.”

Steve Mitchell, Managing Director of Lincat, said:

“We view this as an extremely positive development which will ensure the long term profitable expansion of our business, both here in the UK and overseas. We look forward to the opportunity of expanding our geographic reach through Middleby’s extensive worldwide sales network.”

Lincat was established in Lincoln 1971 and moved to its100,000 sq. ft. purpose-built factory in December 1997. The business currently employs 195 people and manufactures approximately 1000 pieces of catering equipment per week.There are over 450 products in the range, including fryers, griddles, grills and ovens as well as food display merchandisers, beverage equipment, hot cupboards and trolleys. Major clients include pub groups such as Punch Pub Company and Greene King and retail chains including Sainsbury’s and Debenhams.

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