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Participation in BEMA rises in an era of mergers and
acquisitions that are redefining the baking industry.
by Dan Malovany
hroughout his career, Kerwin Brown, BEMA's
president and CEO, has seen a lot of equipment companies come and go as the result of mergers, acquisitions and more. During the
past decade, however, the scope, speed and size
of such activity among suppliers to the industry has
caught even this 28-year veteran by surprise.
"The whole consolidation of the industry of late
has been amazing," Mr. Brown observed. "Actually,
it's more than that," he added. "It's unprecedented
during my time in the industry."
The country's largest baking companies -
Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo and Flowers
Foods, Thomasville, GA - have led the charge
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members and suppliers to the baking industry. "We
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geographic coverage. Ultimately, the goal is to increase the 'value add' to our customers."
When describing the driving force behind the
future of BEMA and the baking industry, Ken
Newsome, CEO of the Markel Food Group, used
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emerging trends come together - and prompt retail and foodservice customers to demand greater
variety, forcing bakers to innovate more quickly. It's
about how customers now ask traditional pan bread
and bun producers to create specialty baked goods
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about how conventional snack producers now need
to create healthful, organic or non-GMO baked alternatives for the cookie, cracker and chip aisle.
"Convergence is accelerating," Mr. Newsome
said. "The reality of the industry is that the end consumer wants more and more variety while bakers
want more standard operations." From Markel's
perspective, he added, that may involve combining sheeted bread technology from Tromp Group
with AMF systems, putting AMF dividers on Tromp
Group pizza lines, or Reading Bakery Systems continuous mixers on both AMF and Tromp Group lines.
Mark Salman, president of the Middleby Food
Processing Group, listed several reasons for this
wave of merger and acquisition activity and its impact on BEMA. He suggested many baking companies now prefer fully integrated solutions, and
they're increasing pressure on BEMA members
and other OEMs to provide low cost of ownership


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BEMA - June 2018

BEMA - June 2018
BEMA Staff and Executive Commitee
Letters from BEMA
Sharing #BEMAsmarts
BEMA's 100th Anniversary Celebration
What Happens in Vegas
Founding Fathers
Signs of the Times
Family Ties
Recognizing Individual Honors
The Future is Now
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
In the Face of Consolidation
Modern Membership
A Forum for All
Leaving a Legacy
Guestbook
Who, When and Where
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BEMA - June 2018 - Letters from BEMA
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BEMA - June 2018 - Sharing #BEMAsmarts
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BEMA - June 2018 - The Future is Now
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BEMA - June 2018 - Matchmaker, Matchmaker
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BEMA - June 2018 - In the Face of Consolidation
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BEMA - June 2018 - Modern Membership
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BEMA - June 2018 - A Forum for All
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BEMA - June 2018 - Leaving a Legacy
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