On July 9 & 10, 2008, the complete production and packaging equipment used at the Nestle York plant will be auctioned in York, England. The sale is being handled by Rabin Worldwide and bidding can be done in person or over the internet. The auction comes after a major restructuring plan announced by Nestle in 2006.
Included in the sale are:
Chocolate Processing Equipment
Chocolate Moulding Plants and Support
Chocolate Enrobing with Sweet Kitchen
Fondant Make-up and Startch Moulding
Wrapping and Packing Machinery
Chocolate Tanks, Melters, Pans, and Pumps
On the Rabin Worldwide website is a listing and photos of all the products available for sale online. You can also download a catalog. Rabin Worldwide is headquartered in San Francisco, but has offices around the world. They specialize in auctions of large facilities, which often include food and beverage operations such as, bakery and confectionery plants. You can sign up for a free membership to their website to simply view auctions. In addition, you can set up alerts for specific products or equipment and you will be notified by email if an item comes up for auction.
Before bidding on an auction, you must pre-register. This can be done online before the auction with a credit card; however, if you want to register at the actual auction there are more stringent requirements. Of course, as with other auctions, there is a buyer premium that is applied to the sale price. All of the terms and conditions of sale can be viewed at the Rabin Worldwide website.