Sugden production facility

Source: Sugden

Hotplate manufacturer Sugden is set to add to its range following the intellectual property acquisition of Netherlands-based Vanderpol Waffle Systems.

The Dutch outfit, previously owned by AMF Den Boer and part of AMF Bakery Systems Europe, is a manufacturer of waffle and funcake production lines.

Sugden currently designs custom hotplate plants used for the mass production of pancakes, English muffins and crumpets.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will now allow the Lancashire-based company to manufacture, supply and install waffle and funcake systems under the Sugden-Vanderpol range.

The deal is also expected to create more jobs at the Sugden’s 35,000sq ft production facility in Nelson, where the waffle and funcake systems will be produced.

“It is a very proud moment to announce this acquisition and be in a position to carry on supporting and supplying market-leading waffle lines under the Sugden-Vanderpol range,” said Chris Baldwin, managing director of Sugden.

“This strengthens our product range and market position and ensures growth and security throughout the business.”

Sugden is looking to build on growth over the last five years that has seen the company double in size, with turnover reaching £5.5m over 2019-20.

Vincent Langelaar, vice president operations EMEAAP region at AMF Bakery Systems Europe, hailed the ‘strong and successful history’ forged between the two companies.

“Through this relationship, we have recognised that Sugden can bring tremendous focus and innovation to the Vanderpol waffle griddle product line, and we look forward to fully supporting this transition and continuing to partner with them to serve common customer projects in the future,” he added.