Developing sustainable communities through sustainable snack manufacturing.

Pakworks is a snack manufacturing company, producing dry snacks exclusively in South Africa for PepsiCo under the popular Nik Naks and Simba brand names. Quality lies at the core of every product produced. Sourcing of the highest quality raw ingredients are done through reputable suppliers in South Africa to manufacture superior snack products, always fresh and filled with flavour, while adhering to stringent food safety standards and quality control systems throughout the manufacturing process.

Our aim is not only to be a sustainable business, but also to live up to the responsibility we have towards the community and our employees. We are focused on operational and organisational growth and increasing our position as a major employer in the community. The philosophy is to stay ahead of demand through enhancing and developing manufacturing capacity and critical skills, including operational excellence, people management and food safety best practices.

Manufacturing Facility

Our manufacturing facility is based in Heilbron in the Free State and boasts three main platforms to produce snacks of the highest quality and consistency:

  • Processing, frying and packaging of peanuts
  • A pellet frying line
  • Hard-extruding production and packaging lines producing Simba Nik Naks


Manufacturing exclusively for PepsiCo throughout South Africa, we currently produce the following product lines:

  • Salted peanuts
  • Nik Naks extruded snacks
  • Peanuts and raisins
  • Fried pellet-based products

Social Responsibility Initiatives

Social responsibility and caring for our employees are very important to us and critical to our long-term success as an organization. As the largest employer in the Heilbron area, over 600 employees and their families rely on Pakworks for their livelihood. Our social investment and community engagement activities include childcare facilities, feeding schemes, community events and initiatives, farmer incubation schemes, computer literacy training, medical care and occupational health services.

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