Frans van der Schoot, founder and owner of Integrated Bakery, was basically born in the bakery. In his younger years he used to help his (grand-)father in his craft bakery and daily supplying of the community with fresh bread.
After graduation as a mechanical engineer in 1984, he started to work as an engineer at SaBa, an association of around 40 industrial bakeries in The Netherlands. He was involved in different technical projects and in a period of nine years 15 greenfield bakery plants were realized.
In 1993 Frans did a management buy-out of SaBa and started his own independent bakery engineering firm under the brand name Project Techniek. With a growing team of bakery consultants Project Techniek was serving the (semi-) industrial bakeries in The Netherlands and Belgium with bakery development projects, engineering, procurement, and installations of bakery systems. More than 100 bakery projects have been realized.
In 2000, the Dutch bakery sector went through a recession. Many bakery plants had to shut down. Frans saw the opportunity and created a new company under the brand name DUBET (Dutch Used Bakery Equipment Trade) with the objective to sell the assets of the closed bakeries to international clients.
Since then, Dubet has been serving the global bakery industry with second-hand production lines and equipment and realised many successful projects in different markets, across the various segments within the bakery industry.
The year 2000 was also the start of serving other markets than The Netherlands and neighboring countries. In 2008 Project Techniek opened an office in Dubai to serve the Middle East and North African market.
Around 2010 the bakery industry started to make a shift towards total and turn-key bakery solutions. Dealing with different consultants on one side and equipment manufacturers who are focused on selling their own equipment on the other side, was experience as hard and not optimal.
We responded to the market with ‘System Integration’ business model. With System Integration we can take the entire process out of our customer’s hands while assuring an up & running plant with performance guarantees. With the change of the business model Project Techniek was rebranded into Integrated Bakery in 2016.
However, the global bakery industry is going through a new transition since the past 3 years. Both “Selling clients” (asset owners) as well as “Buying clients” are in need for a more inclusive approach in the process of selling assets and/or in decision making to acquire (new) assets. They prefer partners who can unburden them, so that they can focus on production. This is exactly the key differentiator of Integrated Bakery as a System Integrator in the development and implementation of new bakery projects.
Therefore, we have decided to incorporate Dubet, as a business unit, within Integrated Bakery with a focus on “Low CAPEX Bakery Solutions”. While the business formula, approach, and value proposition of Dubet will remain unchanged, the incorporation within Integrated Bakery will bring many additional advantages to both sellers and buyers.
For “Buying Clients” this incorporation means that Integrated Bakery can undertake the implementation of second-hand production plants as a turnkey contract with performance guarantees and including training of their staff. The additional services include redesign and or extensions to the existing second-hand plant. As our client, you are fully unburdened and assured of a proper functioning Low CAPEX Solution. Needless to say, such a full package approach is significantly reducing the investment and operational risks for new entrants in the bakery industry.
Our “Selling Clients” will benefit from this merger due to the global network of Integrated Bakery. It will enable us to find the “right client” for their assets, including the possible necessity to find buyers outside their strategic markets. The advanced project management skills of Integrated Bakery will enable “Selling clients” to adhere to their own planning and produce till ‘the last day’.
As integrated Bakery we remain focused on the market development and adapt ourselves to serve our clients in the most optimal way.
‘From a nation-wide bakery engineering firm in 1993 to a well-known provider of Total Bakery Solutions in the bakery industry world-wide. And from a Consultant who is selling hours into a System Integrator who is selling the total technical bakery solution with all the responsibility’.