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Middleby aligns leadership as it seeks stronger unity between its UK operations

Chris Jones, group managing director

Chris Jones, the group managing director of Lincat, IMC and Britannia, has been handed an expanded role that now sees him responsible for Middleby UK’s commercial foodservice division.

The group’s parent company, Middleby Corporation, is keen to develop a stronger “synergy” between the different brands that it offers through its various operations in the UK and believes that aligning the senior leadership will allow it to offer a more accessible one-stop solution.

Middleby UK is based in Warrington and represents a portfolio of brands such as Pitco, Houno, Carter Hoffman, PerfectFry, Concordia and TurboChef in the UK.

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It has been distributing foodservice equipment since 1994, initially operating under Frialator before it was acquired by Middleby in 2001.

Najib Maalouf, European managing director of parent company Middleby Corporation, said that as the business continues to acquire companies and add more solutions to its portfolio, it is determined to make it easy for customers to do business with.

He commented: “We wish to simplify our customers’ experience with us and let our people seamlessly and efficiently bring the best solutions. Under Chris Jones, Lincat, FriFri, IMC and Britannia have made great strides evidenced by the impressive innovation they recently brought. They’re working well together; as such, I am pleased to see this team culture extended to Middleby UK and look forward to translating the unified approach as a win to our customers.”

With the Lincat, FriFri, IMC and Britannia brands already working together under one leadership team, Mr Jones said customers will now have access to a wider portfolio of products and services.

“I am excited that by bringing together the brands and expertise of the teams, we will be able to approach our customers with good, better, best products, expand into new markets, and increase market share. I’m looking forward to taking Middleby UK to the next level,” he said.

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