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Our history

Family company since 1863.

“The strategy of the family business is focused on continuity and quality in the interest of customers, suppliers and employees”– D. Smilde. 

The family business was founded by Arend Smilde in 1863 in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. The fifth and sixth generations of the family are now working in the company. The family remains very involved in the management of the company. We see that as an advantage for the company, our employees and also for our customers. The Smilde family has built the company into what it is today by aspiring to growth and modernisation, and by taking quick action and decisions in the face of new chances and opportunities, always with a long-term vision in mind. Royal Smilde, built on social and corporate responsibility, comprises specialist production and sales facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and England, split into  Royal Smilde Bakery, Royal Smilde Foods and Royal Smilde Natura. The family company employs around 600 people.