About Us


Dowson Food Machinery was established in Yorkshire in 1982 under the skilled entrepreneurship of founder John Murgatroyd. It soon established a reputation for providing quality British engineering solutions to sometimes complex bakery challenges, and before long was supplying bespoke equipment and service support to many of the UK’s leading bakery groups as well as to smaller independent and artisan bakeries. Dowson’s bread baggers and slicers became the leading standard for the industry, due to their engineering excellence and renowned reliability. The company later began to export specially designed machines around the world as its reputation grew and today Dowson supplies to almost every continent from its base in West Yorkshire. Sadly, John passed away in 2015 but in the words Warburtons Bakery had engraved on a plaque for one of their Dowson Baggers, John 'leaves a legacy of innovation for future generations to come'.

Bespoke service has been a mainstay of Dowson’s longstanding success over the years. We design machines to specific customer requirements and have extensive in-house manufacturing facilities, making almost everything that we sell so we can testify to its high quality. As our customers’ needs have expanded into speciality breads, flatbreads and rolls, so we have developed new equipment to meet those needs. Reliability and safety are built in to everything we make. This is why our equipment is demanded by so many of the world’s bakeries, and our name is well respected within the industry.

Founder - John Murgatroyd

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