Bühler Group sells flour ingredient business to Swiss company Bakels

Uzwil, December 20, 2019 – Bühler Group has sold its flour ingredient business to Bakels. The Swiss group manufactures and distributes innovative bakery ingredients and application solutions. The signing and closing of the agreement took place the day before yesterday. 70 employees of Bühler Guangzhou are moving to the new owner with immediate effect. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the selling price.

Bühler has sold its flour ingredient business to Swiss group Bakels. The day before yesterday, all shares of China-based Buhler Bangsheng Food Ingredients (Guangzhou) Co. Ltd. have been signed over to Bakels Group. “With Bakels, we have found an excellent owner and strategic partner for flour ingredient solutions,” says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler’s Grains & Food business.


Bakels is a Swiss enterprise with more than 2,750 employees. Its main focus is on ingredients for bakery and confectionary. “Flour ingredients have been a missing link in our portfolio so far,” says Armin Ulrich, Bakels’ chairman. “We are excited to close that gap now by taking over Bühler’s well-positioned business and strengthen our position in China.” Bakels will partner with Bühler to develop the flour ingredients business, Ulrich adds. The two companies will cooperate strategically to offer flour ingredient solutions under Bakels’ lead to milling and bakery customers.


A niche for Bühler

Bühler was active within the flour ingredient business since 2010. During this time, the company gained great expertise and excellent customer relations. The business proved profitable over the last years, focusing mainly on the Chinese market. Be it the growing demand for baked foods, increasing food safety levels, and the rise of highly nutritional food: The outlook of the flour ingredient business looks very positive.


Bühler’s strategic direction sees process solutions and customer services at its core. “Bühler has been active in the flour ingredients business to understand the entire value chain in order to provide better consulting capabilities throughout the life cycle of assets. Now we can do this even better, thanks to our professional partner who is active in a large array of segments,” says Johannes Wick. “We are convinced that this business can unleash its full potential on a global scale, with Bakels as owner and Bühler as a strategic partner,” he adds.

Media contacts:


Patrick Gloggner, Bakels Group CEO,

Bakels Group, Buzibachstrasse 19, 6023 Rothenburg, Switzerland

Phone: +41 41 854 46 44

Mobile: +41 79 669 09 93

E-mail: patrick.gloggner@bakels.ch


Markus Reber, Media Relations Manager,

Bühler AG, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland

Phone: +41 71 955 12 44

Mobile: +41 79 864 29 41

E-mail: markus.reber@buhlergroup.com



About Bakels

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 more than 2,750 employees, the Group is active worldwide on all five continents. As a technically based company our objective is to assist customers develop and sell (more) bakery products. We achieve this by presenting concepts and ingredients which bakers use to increase their sales and improve quality and efficiency.



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