Bernard BakelsIt was on 21 September 1904 when two brothers, Hendrik A and Bernadus J Bakels, registered the first Bakels company in Amsterdam.

The Bakels Group as we know it today is largely the result of the vision and lifetime work of the son of Bernardus, Bernard J Bakels. He led the company into manufacturing with the establishment, in 1943, of Nordbakels in Sweden.

Through a mixture of investment and innovation additional companies, and successful products, were added through each decade up until his death in 1986. Since then this successful mix continues to be applied - investment increases every year to accompany innovative new products.

By remaining a private company owned by a foundation established by Bernard J Bakels we have grown to become a group nearly 40 companies, manufacturing on all five continents.

Bakels owes its success not just to investment in facilities and innovation but also in our people, whose dedication to our company and the customers we serve has been a feature of Bakels for over 100 years. Investment is increasingly being applied to training people, young and old, in essential bakery skills.

Specialist training centres have been established in a number of Bakels companies and all Bakels technical staff will happily assist customers in gaining new, or improving existing, expertise.


We are always interested to talk to technically qualified people who have a passion for product development or a desire to sell or technically support bakery ingredients.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of joining Bakels contact your local Bakels Company or Bakels Head Office.

What's in a Name

The Bakels Group owes it's name to the Dutch merchant brothers Bakels who registered the Gebr.Bakels company in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1904. It was Bernard J. Bakels, the son of one of the founding brothers who took the Group into ingredient manufacturing and led it into markets throughout the world.

Today the Bakels Group, which remains a private company, is truly Global with manufacturing sites on all five Continents. Through Bakels companies and selected agents our products are available in more than 120 countries.

British Bakels

Founded in 1947 and now based in new facilities in Bicester, Oxfordshire, our products service every sector of the UK baking industry. Foodservice manufacturers are also increasingly discovering the benefits of using Bakels products.


To be a technically based company whose objective is to assist our customers develop, produce and sell (more) bakery products.

We will do this by presenting concepts and ingredients which the baker can use to increase their sales and improve quality and efficiency.

We will back this up with technical support and training.


Customer Service is central to our philosophy. We will support our customers not just with the basics of "right product, right place, right time" but also through active R & D, by maintaining the highest standards of quality and product safety and by being profitable, enabling us to continually re-invest in our business.

Our success is based on our people and we reflect this by valuing and respecting them and ensuring that they are trained to competently serve our customers.

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