Vanderpol Waffle Systems and Den Boer Baking Systems have joined the Markel Bakery Group as part of its expansion strategy.

The acquisition gives the Tromp Group, part of Markel, which already existed as a marketing organisation, a boost in product range, development and production. The Tromp Group now comprises Tromp Bakery Equipment – sheeting lines and depositors; Vanderpol Waffle Systems; and Den Boer Baking Systems – tunnel ovens.

The three companies will continue to operate independently, though work closely on some projects.

The move will give the group an advantage. A statement said: “They will share their knowledge, make top-quality products, so as to get the most out of the cooperation. The knowledge enrichment and cooperation will convince clients of the high added value of the combination. Because, apart from the know-how available in each of the companies, clients can now rely on a worldwide network of experts from the Markel Bakery Group.”