For over 100 years, Berkel has produced reliable equipment that chefs and operators depend on for consistently great results. Berkel’s unique combination of experience and innovation has made it a name synonymous with quality foodservice slicers, vacuum packaging equipment and more. Maximize your time in the kitchen. Choose Berkel.
Berkel is associated with the Vulcan Food Equipment Group and is a division of the ITW Food Equipment Group.
In 1898, W.A. Van Berkel, a butcher in Rotterdam of the Netherlands, invented a way to slice more meat to better serve his customers. The result of his innovation was the world's first meat-slicing machine. It not only changed the way slicing was done in his butcher shop, it revolutionized the way people prepare food all over the world. By 1907, Berkel machines were being used in England, Belgium, France, Russia, China, Mexico and Canada.
In 1909, manufacturing of the first American machines began at the U.S. Slicing Machine Company in Chicago, IL. Six years later, the company had outgrown its space in Chicago, building a new factory in LaPorte, IN and changing its name to Berkel, Incorporated. Recently, Berkel relocated to its present location in Troy, OH.
Backed by Hobart Service
Berkel is covered by fellow ITW Food Equipment Group division Hobart Service. With more than 100 locations and a whopping 1,500 factory-trained service technicians throughout both the US and Canada, Hobart Service offers invaluable, world-class assistance in keeping your food equipment in optimal running condition.