The Middleby Corporation and Marco Beverage Systems announced the acquisition of Marco Beverage Systems, a designer and manufacturer of innovative and energy-efficient beverage dispense solutions.
According to the announcement from Marco, the acquisition represents an opportunity to support the rapid growth of Marco’s innovative products and global brand. Management, activities and contacts for Marco remain unchanged. Paul Stack remains managing director with the support of the existing management team, and Drewry Pearson continues in a consultancy role. Middleby provides Marco with access to its Coffee Solutions Group, Consolidated Independent Rep Groups, inclusion in the Innovation Kitchens and exposure to chain accounts.
Marco’s key trademark brand of innovative and solution-solving products will have access to the extensive Middleby Group technology base and to increasingly essential Kitchen Connectivity. Marco’s operations in China will add to and extend Middleby’s manufacturing and sales teams and benefit from deeper supply chain and manufacturing technology. These benefits make Middleby’s acquisition a unique opportunity for Marco to develop and extend the strong Marco team and to scale Marco’s product range, markets and brand.
The Middleby Corporation supplies equipment to the global foodservice, beverage and residential catering industry as well as food processing and bakery equipment.
Tim FitzGerald, Middleby CEO, stated in an announcement from Middleby: “Marco is a leader in innovative beverage dispensing systems. This acquisition is highly complementary to our growing beverage portfolio, and the Marco product line further expands our offerings in coffee brewers, cold brew dispense, and a variety of hot, cold and sparkling water dispensers. Touchless and in-counter dispense technology is rapidly gaining popularity due to space and labor advantages, along with enhanced aesthetic features. Marco is well-positioned with solutions for these growing trends.”
Manufacturing for more than 40 years, Marco has facilities in Dublin, Ireland, and Ningbo, China. Products include POUR’D cold coffee on tap, which received the Best New Product 2022 award from the Specialty Coffee Association.