Middleby Group companies IMC and Britannia head a list of seven businesses which joined buying consortium Cedabond this month.

The decision to sign up both the refrigeration and waste management equipment manufacturer and the ventilation fabricator was announced by IMC MD Steve Witt and is the result of negotiations that started at Hotelympia earlier this year.

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Witt, whose brief recently changed to include Britannia as well, said: “Having invested almost £700,000 bringing IMC’s manufacturing facility in Wrexham bang up to date – part of a £6m investment in facilities, plant and equipment over a decade – we felt the time was right to join Cedabond as it will allow us to showcase our improved capabilities to its ever growing membership.

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“Britannia will also undoubtedly benefit from the relationship as we go forward.”

Commenting on IMC’s decision, Cedabond chairman and executive director Phil Martin said: “We are delighted to welcome yet another well respected household name from the equipment manufacturing sector to the Cedabond fold.

“We work extremely hard to make sure that our proposition is constantly evolving for the benefit of existing members and suppliers, and to attract new businesses such as IMC and Britannia, so it is no coincidence that during the past year the rate at which companies have joined Cedabond has gathered pace considerably.”

This is reflected in the other significant companies which have also joined the consortium in September.

The two new dealers are CE Online, the Herefordshire-based business to business supplier of commercial catering equipment, and Yorkshire-based Primo Catering Equipment.

The other three new suppliers include Thunder Group UK, the newest distribution centre for US-based Thunder Group Inc, which provides melamineware, flatware, kitchen and restaurant ware, all out of its base in Sheffield.

Furthermore Lancashire-based Inox Fabrication, which undertakes a range of stainless steel fabrications for catering from servery counters to bespoke items, has signed on the dotted line.

Lastly, Cedabond has also attracted Mercer Culinary, the UK arm of MJL Culinary International, which supplies professional cutlery out of its Leicestershire base.

Martin added: “Our latest signings underline Cedabond’s position as the buying group for the foodservice equipment industry.

“Cedabond is now a UK wide buying and marketing consortium of more than 100 leading catering equipment distributors.

“Our members are enjoying increased profits and business growth through being part of Cedabond and we are going from strength to strength, as demonstrated by our steady stream of newcomers.”