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November 7, 2019 (Elgin, Ill.)— The grand opening of the Middleby Protein Innovation Center was celebrated on October 7, 2019. Located at Cozzini, LLC, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, the 12,000 square foot center is home to new lines and industry changing equipment introductions, as well as a Middleby kitchen, training center, and authentic period delicatessen.

The innovative culture of Middleby will be fostered in this haven for development with technical performance and product testing. Food scientists and specialized engineers are readily available. This is the third research center for the food processing division. Middleby Bakery Innovation Centers were established in Plano, Texas and Bangalore, India in 2017.

During the opening event, leaders in food production from processing to retail food service discussed the increasing differentiation in protein offerings and the latest advancements. Key- note speakers included specialists in plant based protein, offering sustainable, high quality alternatives to meat. Production on the new Middleby Case Ready Line was one of a number of equipment demonstrations for attendees.

“It was an exciting day to open this protein center for excellence to accelerate industry progress in product development and innovation, as well as help our customers achieve better operating efficiencies,” said Mark Salman, President of the Middleby Food Processing Group.

Beginning in 2020, regular seminars and training will be held covering a variety of trending topics. The center is open by appointment, call +1 773 478-9700 to schedule a visit, demonstration, or full product development.

Middleby Food Processing and Packaging provides a portfolio of globally recognized brands with industry leading technologies. For more information on the Middleby Food Processing Group, visit


The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used in the commercial foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchen equipment industries. The company's leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, APW Wyott®, Bakers Pride®, Beech®, BKI®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Britannia®, Carter- Hoffmann®, Celfrost®, Concordia®, CookTek®, Crown Food Equipment®, CTX®, Desmon®, Doyon®, Eswood®, EVO®, frifri®, Firex®, Follett®, Giga®, Globe®, Goldstein®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Induc®, Jade®, JoeTap®, Josper®, L2F®, Lang®, Lincat®, MagiKitch'n®, Market Forge®, Marsal®, Middleby Marshall®, MPC®, Nieco®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, QualServ®, SiteSage®, Southbend®, Ss Brewtech®, Star®, Sveba Dahlen®, Taylor®, Toastmaster®, TurboChef®, Ultrafryer®, Varimixer®, Wells® and Wunder-Bar®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Baker Thermal Solutions®, Burford®, Cozzini®, CVP Systems®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Emico®, Glimek®, Hinds-Bock®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment®, M-TEK®, Pacproinc®, RapidPak®, Scanico®, Spooner Vicars®, Stewart Systems®, Thurne® and Ve.Ma.C.®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the residential kitchen industry include AGA® AGA Cookshop®, Fired Earth®, EVO®, Heartland®, La Cornue®, Leisure Sinks®, Lynx®, Marvel®, Mercury®, Rangemaster®, Rayburn®, Redfyre®, Sedona®, Stanley®, TurboChef®, U-Line® and Viking®.