DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Duravant LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foodmate, a manufacturer of poultry processing equipment dual-headquartered in Ball Ground, Ga., and Numansdorp, the Netherlands.
“We are absolutely thrilled with this partnership,” said Mike Kachmer, president and CEO of Duravant. “Foodmate is the preferred provider of processing systems in the poultry processing industry globally. Combine that with their culture of laser-focused innovation and superior engineering expertise, Foodmate is a wonderful addition to the Duravant family.”
This partnership brings together two global engineered equipment leaders and extends Duravant’s ability to serve customers and partners in more than 190 countries worldwide within the food processing sector, the companies noted.
“We’re excited to be a part of and collaborate with the Duravant family of world-class brands,” said Scott Hazenbroek, president of Foodmate U.S. “Duravant and Foodmate are clearly aligned with a shared culture and Duravant’s global footprint will assist us in continuing to deliver premium solutions, optimize yield, improve quality and reduce labor costs for our customers. Duravant’s lifecycle management via the company’s SupportPro services complements and enhances our existing field service offerings that will further increase customers’ productivity and efficiency goals.”
The Foodmate brand of processing machinery has been a competitive force in the full line processing of poultry for more than 15 years, the company said. With a strategic global footprint featuring manufacturing and engineering hubs in Europe, demo and showroom facilities in the U.S. and the Netherlands, and sales and assembly in the U.S., Foodmate’s customers are further supported by a local presence in 55 countries.
Foodmate’s engineering and development capabilities allow for the custom design of complete automated solutions from the weighing and grading of the poultry product to the cutting and deboning process.
“Foodmate has an installed base of over 900 units serving the largest poultry processing companies globally,” said David Hazenbroek, president of Foodmate B.V., the Netherlands. “By partnering with the Duravant companies, we look forward to continuously delivering on our customer-first approach to innovation and service excellence.”