The history of Berkel in Italy
Berkel in Italy: historical manufacturers and official dealers
Berkel’s original production flourished thanks to the factories in Italy: this country represents a keystone in the production of the Dutch brand’s elegant slicers.
Nowadays, each historical model for domestic use represents a collector’s piece and, for this reason, we at La Bottega del Restauro work to restore the slicers in detail, respecting the certified indications of the production company itself.
Find out how to recognise an original Berkel model and contact us to find out which models are available for sale.
Here is a glimpse of the history of the historical Berkel slicers in Italy, through the words of a period article:
“…the Italian factory of “Berkel”, in Milan, half destroyed by bombing, was an almost abandoned building, with some crumbling walls. Built in 1924, enlarged and modernised in twenty years of generous and patient work, the factory had been destroyed by the war and had not been able to resume operations, although almost six years had passed. Today, however, in the space of a very short time, the Berkel factory is back, more efficient and more modern than ever, and the entire “Berkel” complex has grown enormously in size and capacity.
The figures reproduced here document more than many words the path travelled and the effort that has been made; but these figures, already remarkable in themselves, acquire an even more eloquent significance when one considers that they were achieved, practically, in a period of only three years and in the midst of continuous difficulties. The war had wiped out everything, the work of an entire generation had been destroyed. (…)
And yet, among the rubble (…) something indestructible remained: the name “Berkel” (…).
And it was precisely the prestige of this name that gave the first push towards reconstruction. (…). It is a great credit to us to ensure that “Berkel” in Italy does not limit itself to selling a machine, but together with this machine, sells its assistance service, which is a solid and safe guarantee for the buyer. (…). We feel that we still have a long road ahead of us, but at the same time we feel that we have all the means at our disposal to travel it in the best possible way. The results achieved in recent years (…) are our greatest guarantee.”.