Lincat announces new MD
Lincat, the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial catering equipment, has appointed Nick McDonald as Managing Director. Nick takes over the role from Steve Mitchell, who recently retired after 26 years’ service. Nick is only the third person to take the helm since Lincat was founded by John Craddock 43 years ago, and will assume full responsibility for the Lincat, FriFri and Q90 businesses.
Nick joined Lincat as Marketing Manager in 1996. His role expanded as the business grew and he was promoted to Marketing and Export Director in 2000. In his time, Nick has seen the company’s turnover increase from £8.6million to more than £30million and the product range expand from around 250 items to more than 600 today.
Nick has played a pivotal role in the development and launch of new product ranges. Chief amongst these were the heavy-duty Opus 700 range, FilterFlow water boilers with innovative built-in filtration and the development of an OEM partnership with Rational for combi steamers. He has also been involved in the successful transfer of the FriFri and Q90 brands to Lincat, following the company’s acquisition in 2011 by the Middleby Corporation.
Commenting on his new appointment, Nick said:
“At Lincat, we have a solid, lean, efficient business and I am determined to maintain the core values that have underpinned our success over the past 43 years. We are an ambitious company and my aim is to continue to grow sales and profits through a combination of new product development and by increasing our market share.”
Based in Lincoln, Lincat produces over 450 separate products for cooking, holding and food display. The company also manufactures and markets 160 products under the FriFri and Q90 brands. Its products are sold in the UK and in over 50 countries worldwide through a comprehensive network of distributors. Lincat Ltd is a member company of the Middleby Corporation.