The main reason for creating the Bernam Bakery Sdn Bhd was
the fact that the local employees had been complaining about
the local bread quality available around Jendarata Estate.
Furthermore, the development of the bakery was a natural extension
of the well-known United Plantations Workers’ Benevolent
Fund, which was created when United Plantations Berhad was
sold to Kumpulan Fima.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri B. Bek- Nielsen decided to invite
his close friend, Mr. Robert Pedersen, to Malaysia. Mr. Robert
Pedersen’s father, Bagermester T.H. Pedersen, was the
proprietor of the biggest bakery in Holstebro, Denmark.
Initial studies took place in Malaysia and shortly after,
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri B. Bek-Nielsen became very busy making
arrangements to invite Mr. Robert Pedersen to assist him with
the selection of suitable machinery and equipment which was
sourced in Denmark and dispatched to Malaysia.
About ten months later, Mr. Robert Pedersen arrived at United
Plantations Berhad in order to assist with the commissioning
of the new Bernam Bakery, as well as to teach the local employees,
both men and women, how to make excellent Danish bakery products.
Mr. Robert Pedersen stayed at the Bernam Bakery for a year.
Thereafter he was invited to visit the Bernam Bakery for three
months every year during Christmas and New Year. This continued
for more than a decade.
Mr. Robert Pedersen passed away in 1997, however, a great
number of his recipes of special Danish cookies, pastries as
well as other delicious items exist today and continue to impress
all visitors and customers having the opportunity to taste
Mr. Robert Pedersen will always be remembered for his warm-heartedness
and was greatly admired by all the local employees as well as
the customers who frequented the Bernam Bakery.