Marel sells slicing site to US firm

Global meat processing equipment manufacturer Marel is to sell its high-speed slicing facility in Norwich.

Middleby Corporation, an American-based corporation of equipment brands, has acquired the site, where it will base its equipment brand Thurne. Middleby reported the site will continue to manufacture a broad line of high-speed slicers and integrated slicing systems, which includes automated slicing equipment for bacon and deli-meat.

We are excited to add Thurne to our food processing portfolio of leading brands. This acquisition continues our strategy of adding integrated systems to complete total line solutions that we offer to the food processing industries, and enables us to better serve our customers, said Selim A. Bassoul, chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corporation.

Marel said the divestment was an important step in the companys refocusing programme, as it will increase focus on Marels core product offering. It also stated it would maintain frozen portioning and robotics product families, which remain of strategic importance.

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