Emmerich am Rhein, Germany — Following its acquisition of the chocolate processing equipment manufacturer Ladco Group, coffee grinding and roasting technology supplier Probat Group has established a cocoa and chocolate division, Hamburg Dresdner Maschinenfabriken.
While Probat’s main focus has been in the coffee industry for a number of years, it also supplies cocoa roasting, alkalization and pretreatment systems. Probat Managing Parter Wim Abbing explains the company is looking to leverage its current cocoa operations with the expertise of newly acquired Ladco Group companies Petzholdt-Heidenauer, MacIntyre and Beetz: “By integrating these products and the technologies marketed by the Ladco Group, we are now able to supply core components designed and manufactured in-house which cover the complete process chain for the refinement of cocoa and the production of chocolate,” he says.
Gunter Simon, former manager of the Ladco Group subsidiary Bauermeister, is now managing director of Hamburg Dresdner. He adds: “We are currently merging the individual product portfolios of the firms which have been combined to create Hamburg Dresdner. Probat, Bauermeister, Petzholdt-Heidenauer, MacIntyre and Beetz will be retained as product brands because they are important for the market and our clients.”
Probat reports existing customers can continue to contact their existing representatives from any of the affected companies and brands. The current Germany- and Scotland-based production sites will continue to be used.