May 2, 2016 Grand Rapids MI - Oliver Packaging & Equipment Company (Grand Rapids MI) and Bloemhof Inc. (Kirkland Quebec) are pleased to announce an exclusive manufacturing license agreement. Under this agreement, Oliver will become the sole manufacturer and distributor of Bloemhof’s complete bakery equipment product line world-wide.
Drawing on the strengths of each organization, this synergistic relationship creates the catalyst for supplying the market with proven equipment design, expertise in manufacturing, and quality service. As the licensed manufacturer of Bloemhof equipment, Oliver provides capacity for the growing demand of Bloemhof equipment as well as expanding its own presence in the bakery equipment marketplace.
“This is an exciting step towards the future – representing a win-win for employees, dealers and customers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Oliver’s market share and strengthen the overall opportunities for both brands,” says Kenneth Goodwin, Oliver President. “In addition to innovations and strength in dough moulder technology; Bloemhof brings proven designs and talent to Oliver resulting in increased overall sales and economies of scale to the marketing and distribution channels. We are pleased to be bringing Bloemhof’s products and assets into our Oliver family and to provide greater market access.”
“The worldwide shortage of bakers has resulted in challenges to find and afford skilled labor. Current economic growth combined with people eating healthier, and the expansion of more artisan, wholesale and supermarket bakery operations, have fueled the demand for both Oliver and Bloemhof equipment in bakeries across North America. Collectively, Oliver and Bloemhof will maintain the high manufacturing and quality standards to which customers have become accustomed.” said Eric Baumgartner, President of Bloemhof Inc. “Both companies share the same vision, have comparable products in their respective bakery equipment categories, and similar manufacturing methods which will broaden Oliver’s market reach”.
Since 1890, Oliver has provided quality products and exceptional service to diversified markets. Oliver Packaging and Equipment Company designs and manufactures bakery equipment for use in supermarkets, retail bakeries, and food service operations across North America. In addition, the company designs, manufactures, and distributes meal packaging systems, including design patented trays and film lidding found in non-profit food service programs such as meals on wheels, schools, and corrections videos across North America, Guam, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Africa.