Coen van Beek, Sales manager,
Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment, Lopik, NL
On the company and the upcoming auction of laboratory and pilot plant equipment – 17 March 2021
Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment, formerly known as
Machinehandel Lekkerkerker, is a family business which has
specialized 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.
Thanks for welcoming our magazine at Lekkerkerker! Could
you please explain the structure of the Lekkerkerker Group?
You are welcome! Besides three dairy companies there are three
technical companies under the Lekkerkerker Group. Nr. 1 LDFE i.e.
Lekkerkerker Dairy & Food Equipment which forms the mechanics‘
company that rebuilds and repairs machinery. Nr. 2 DFM Dairy &
Food Machinery Auctions, the auction company, and Nr. 3 UsedDairy-
Equipment which simply sells incoming machinery as is. The synergy
between the dairies and the machine branch gives us technical and
6 Food industry equipment