In 1992 Peter Tanis officially started Tanis Food Tec (TFT) after having spent a decade working as a sales manager for Mondomix. By doing so he became a second-generation entrepreneur in continuous food processing, following in both his uncle’s and father’s footsteps who had founded the Ter Braak Confectionery company.
Peter literally started out by himself in his home office. His first big break came with the order from a leading Dutch biscuit manufacturer for the aeration of wafer cream. From there on the business and his team kept growing and moved to the first location which, by 1999, TFT had outgrown again. It was time to move to the larger industrial site where TFT is still housed today. Also in 1999 the third generation Tanis joined the company, Peter’s eldest son Kris, who soon made his mark as an expert in software and mechanical engineering and is now heading regional headquarters in Asia.
During the first decade TFT produced hundreds of processing lines, establishing the company as one of the largest independent process equipment suppliers in the world. Through continued innovation and creative thought, the range of equipment expanded, turnover quadrupled and by 2002 TFT was well established in global markets and considered the serious alternative to the leading aeration equipment supplier. This was a stimulating position that led to a healthy competitive urge to beat the number one at the time. In 2003 the structure of the organization improved, which made it possible for Peter to delegate some tasks and, together with the arrival of two companions, form a board of directors.
Consistent innovation became the engine behind growing success and thus led to the expansion of the product portfolio. This way a broader range of customers could be served. Aeration was always at the heart of TFT’s continuous processing equipment, but after 2003, almost every year an additional machine was engineered.
It would only be marketed if it surpassed its competitors in performance and offered significant advantages for its customers. Of course, Peter made sure they did. Bestselling examples are the in-line inclusions blender, the Multiple Color-Flavor-Acid Station and most recently the turnkey marshmallow line. The turnover increased as processing lines became bigger and more complete, like the cake and frozen gateaux production lines. The second decade also brought the forging of new associations with leading suppliers of complementary equipment, with TFT serving as main contractor.
The DNA of TFT
At the heart of TFT lies a solid respect for customers, employees and the broader environment, all thanks to Peter’s personal approach to business. No fuss, direct communication lines and taking pleasure in supporting others. TFT has a real family feel to it and one’s name does not have to be Tanis to be part of it. The team shares a profound passion for processing, that is future-oriented and driven by the desire to be a dedicated partner for confectionery manufacturers and industrial bakers.
TFT now employs more than 50 people and is in a pole position. The company supports the most respected brands in the food industry worldwide and helps new businesses start up production in new markets.