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Middleby (MIDD) Acquires Icetro to Bolster Beverage Business

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The Middleby Corporation (MIDD - Free Report) has acquired Icetro, a commercial food service equipment manufacturer that provides ice, soft serve and slush machines. Icetro generates annual sales of approximately $40 million. The financial terms of the acquisition were undisclosed.

The transaction adds to Middleby’s growing portfolio of beverage brands. The buyout expands the acquirer’s Asian manufacturing capabilities and provides solutions to support customers expanding in international markets. It will also help MIDD expand its customer base in Anaheim, CA, where Icetro had its operations.

Middleby has carried out a series of acquisitions lately to expand its market share, product offerings and customer base. Recently, it acquired Proxaut, a provider of Auto Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to the industrial processing companies and the food industry. The addition of Proxaut’s strong product line, coupled with its innovative manufacturing processes, is expected to strengthen MIDD’s product offerings in the food processing end market.

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In December 2021, Middleby acquired Masterbuilt Holdings and Char-Griller. The buyouts boost the company’s product offerings in the residential outdoor cooking products end market. In September 2021, MIDD acquired Imperial Commercial Cooking Equipment, which strengthened its product offerings in the commercial kitchen end market. The successive acquisitions are contributing to the company’s top-line growth.

Price Performance

Middleby’s shares have lost 36.1% in the past six months, compared to the industry’s decrease of 26.7%.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Middleby carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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