Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment, formerly known as Machinehandel Lekkerkerker, is a family business which has specialised in dairy processing and packaging machinery since its foundation in 1996. Both 2nd hand reconditioned machines and new lines are manufactured in our 5,000m2 workshop. Our core values are flexibility, innovation and customer focus. A sustainable approach is important to our business, and we achieve this basically by making a contribution to the circular economy by extending the life cycle of dairy machinery. We also take a critical look at the materials we use, promote recycling and reduction, our energy comes from renewable resources and our gas consumption is compensated for CO2.
How it began - from dairy producer to machinery manufacturer
Our founder, Kees Lekkerkerker, began making cheese on his farm in the 1970's after working in a dairy for many years. In the 1980's he began to produce other dairy products. The growth he achieved led to the requirement for an expansion in machine capacity. In a small workshop next to the factory, Kees began to refurbish purchased machines for his own factory. After the factory (De Zuivelmakers) was completed, he noticed a demand in the market for his refurbished machines so Kees carried on doing it. In 1996 the trade and refurbishment of machinery became too large and the activity was relocated from Benschop to Lopik. From that moment on, Machinehandel Lekkerkerker was officially founded.
2016 – an exceptional year
2016 was the company's 20th year in existence. A great milestone and a good time to take a look back over what we had achieved. In recent years we have grown to become a company which employs 60 people, we undertake projects in more than 80 countries and have 8,000m2 of storage space with over 2,000 machines on stock. Partly due to our strong international growth we have decided to take the opportunity of our anniversary year in 2016 to change the company name to Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment. This name change and a change of logo are better suited to the path the business is following. Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment forms part of the Lekkerkerker Group (www.lekkerkerkergroup.com), which also includes 3 dairy production companies. The shared expertise makes the group: “A strong team in dairy”. In the meantime founder Kees Lekkerkerker had transferred the daily management of the machine division to his son Niels Lekkerkerker, who becomes director and co-owner with effect from 2016s. Along with his sister, Mariska Lekkerkerker, they head up the Lekkerkerker Group.
Through its knowledge and craftsmanship, Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment has proved over the last 20 years that good quality used processing and packaging machines can be redeployed as if they are new. There is a large stock of machines and items which are modified on a daily basis and which can be viewed online. Alongside the machines, the hardware, process information and guidance for various products is also a service which is provided. Depending upon the customer's needs, everything can be provided, from stand-alone machines through to complete lines, including installation, commissioning and training, at home and abroad. Every project is tailored to the customer's requirements.
Lekkerkerker Group – A strong team in dairy
In addition to the aforementioned dairy factory De Zuivelmakers, which focuses on the production of yoghurt and desserts, the group also comprises 4 other businesses. The group is split into two divisions, dairy production and the machinery companies. De Zuivelmakers, Kasi Food and Lebo Kaas are all in the dairy sector. Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment, UsedDairyEquipment.com and DFM Auctions are the machinery companies. Due to the synergy between the companies, the exchange of expertise and opportunities for innovation, we are a Strong Team in Dairy.