US equipment supplier United Bakery Equipment (UBE) has become an associate sponsor of the Federation of Bakers.

UBE describes itself as the largest supplier of bread and bun slicers and baggers in the US and sells to customers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

The California-based firm supplies slicing and packaging machinery for products including bread, buns, rolls, bagels, tortillas, and pitta bread. Its range includes slicers, baggers, wrappers, decrusters, dicers, heat sealers, conveyors and other custom machinery.

“We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the UK’s largest baking companies, with the opportunities that our membership of the Federation of Bakers will bring for us as we continue to expand our business in Europe,” said Tom Sheffield, vice-president of sales and marketing.

UBE is following in the footsteps of NFU Mutual, which became an associate member of the Federation of Bakers last month.

The other associate members of the Federation are: AAK (UK), AB Mauri UK and Ireland, ADM Milling, Baker Perkins, British Bakels, Bühler, CCFRA, Cereform, CSM (UK), Edme, Energy Management LLP, GB Ingredients, Kaak Group, Kwik Lok, Lesaffre Group, Puratos, Spooner Industries, Taste Tech, Zeelandia and Zeppelin Systems.