Industrial Bakery Technology

Reading Bakery Systems, headquartered in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, is a global leader in industrial bakery technology. We can handle all aspects of your manufacturing process and provide you with greater flexibility than ever before.

Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), headquartered in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, has been at the forefront of commercial baking systems and technology for more than 125 years. We serve customers in the global food service industries, providing state-of-the-art systems for the production of biscuits, crackers, pretzels, cookies, baked potato chips, bread snacks, baked crisps, pet treats and more.

RBS relentlessly searches for ways to improve the systems that make our customers successful. This inherent drive for excellence, coupled with our thoughtful, research-based scientific approach, makes us the kind of partner you will need to ensure your product’s success.

A History of Technological Innovation

Reading Bakery Systems began as Reading Pretzel Machinery (RPM) in 1947. Under the engineering expertise of Edwin I. Groff, the company invented the pretzel twisting machine which offered the first practical automation of forming pretzels and set the stage for modern, large-scale pretzel production.

In need of an integrated baking system that could handle the machine’s new, larger capacity output, Mr. Groff designed a continuous proofer, cooker, salter, oven and dryer that were sold to the Thomas Pretzel Company in 1950. This was the first automated high-volume pretzel system.

Joining his father in 1974, Terry Groff helped shape the future of the food manufacturing industry and the company as a worldwide brand. He promoted a culture of innovation, creativity, and integrity while contributing a number of inventions, such as the first stainless steel-lined ovens and a twisting die for braided pretzels.

In response to changes in the pretzel industry and to differentiate themselves as manufacturers of full systems, Reading Pretzel Machinery became Reading Bakery Systems in 1997 and proceeded to build relationships with cookie and cracker equipment suppliers both domestically and internationally.

Reading Thermal, an RBS brand, was founded in 1999 and manufactures the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System, which has become a standard in the baking industry providing a complete measurement system to capture the four key baking parameters (temperature, air velocity, heat flux and humidity) as well as an easy way to validate your kill step for food safety.

In 2001, RBS merged with Thomas L. Green, a long-standing machinery company serving the cookie, cracker and baked chip market since 1893, to create one source for the most technologically advanced pretzel, cookie and cracker equipment available.

RBS leveraged a 20-year relationship with Exact Mixing in 2008 by purchasing the company and continuing to refine the design of its cutting-edge continuous mixing technology.

Keep pace with the latest industrial bakery equipment technology at Reading Bakery Systems. Call us at (01) 610-693-5816 or contact us online to explore our equipment and turnkey systems