Bakels acquires Orley Foods

By: Food Focus on 12 April 2023

Bakels acquires Orley Foods

South Bakels has completed the acquisition of the Cape Town based sweet ingredient solutions supplier Orley Foods from Kerry Ingredients South Africa Proprietary Limited, for an undisclosed sum. 


South Bakels is the market leader for bakery ingredient solutions and supplies to the South African bakery industry. As a technically based company manufacturing quality products with a large technical sales organization and own distribution network, South Bakels is the go-to company for bakery ingredients. 


Orley Foods has a 60-year history of providing sweet ingredients for the confectionery, ice cream, beverage, cereal, dairy and bakery markets. The addition of Orley Foods is adding new capabilities to South Bakels to allow continued growth in existing and new customer segments. 


“We are very proud to welcome Orley Foods to the South Bakels Family in the year when South Bakels are celebrating its 75th year doing business in South Africa. Orley Foods is adding exciting new solutions with complementary products to the existing product range, to the benefit of existing and future customers” says Gerhard Grobbelaar, Managing Director of South Bakels.

Craig Broadfoot, who recently joined Bakels as the National Foodservices and Industrial Sales Manager adds, “With the new joint capabilities and our excellent teams producing high quality products backed by dedicated customer service and support, we look forward to sharing this exciting journey with our customer partners.”


As a group of international companies, Bakels has been successful in the development, production and marketing of bakery ingredients since 1904. Today, Bakels is one of the leading companies in their market. With 3000 employees, the Group is active worldwide on all five continents. As a technically based company, their objective is to assist customers to develop and sell (more) bakery products by presenting concepts and ingredients which bakers use to increase their sales and improve quality and efficiency. The addition of Orley will support expansion into new channels and increase our footprint in the food industry. 


The Orley product range includes:
Chocolate products, including Chips, Chunks, Slabs, Spreads and Fillings
Sugar and syrup-based Sauces and Spreads.
Non-Dairy Whips and Spreads
Ice Cream Coatings, Syrups and Ripple Sauces

Sugar and Chocolate Panned Products

Hard Boils, Milkshake Syrups, Sucralene and Invert Syrups.