Company Background

Kumpulan Barkath traces its origin back to 1940 when a visionary entrepreneur, the late Haji Abu Backer Bin Mohd Hussain, founded a sundry shop called Barkath Stores in Union Street, Penang. “Barkath” means “Blessed” in Arabic. Later the sundry shop housed its goods of retail Super Stores in 6 cities.

Once the shop was established, Haji Abu Backer expanded the business to manufacture Hacks – brand which has a special place in the history of the Group.

In the mid 1960's, Haji Abu Backer, an enterprise man with great foresight, obtained manufacturing rights from the original makers of Hacks sweets from England and set up a manufacturing base in Mak Mandin, Penang. In 1965 Haji Abu Backer negotiated with Denmark for license to produce locally.

The Group is currently under the leadership of Dato Seri Barkath Ali, the eldest son of Haji Abu Backer who shares his father's vision and service-oriented attitude. Today, Kumpulan Barkath has 22 companies around the world that are involved in manufacturing, import-export, distribution, property development, investment, plantation, hospitals and communications.

The Deputy CEO, Mr. Anwar Kabir together with Dato' Seri Barkath Ali has brought the company to greater heights and high achievements after the demice of Late Father Haji Abu Backer

New Factory

Today, HACKS Malaysia Sdn Bhd, being a local company with global prospective and is one of the oldest sweets brands in Malaysia, took on a new horizon. We embark into this millennium in building our plant at Bukit Minyak, Seberang Prai. The construction of the building commenced in mid-2014 in 6 acres of land.

Today, with great anticipation and excitement that we announce new high-tech HACKS building. The board and administration of Barkath Group of Companies have been working diligently with local government entities to complete the necessary steps to make this dream a reality.

We greatly await for our next milestone, the ground breaking ceremony!! The new building consist of HACKS plant, Barkath Foods, Barkth Store(Pg) and the corporate office and a world class facilities such as Training classroom, a multi-purpose space, cafeteria and as well as a practice gymnasium. Additionally, the top floors will accommodate to functions and gathering and for future events.

The new building is scheduled to be opened in January 2018, which will provide much needed space and infrastructure for all business entities to exercise effcient and effective ways to emerge and the best and competitive in the market. This vision of having our own site for all entities in 'one roof' as BARKATH BEST was initiated and led by the leadership of Dato' Seri Barkath Ali, CEO & Chairman of Barkath Group of Companies. God bless and guide us always.


The Group's key brands – Hacks, Sunquick, Kings, Classfoods and Sarina and etc – are household names in Malaysia and are positioned as market leaders in their respective categories.

The Group's slogan "Barkath for Foods" upholds its vision and mission of delivering the best quality food ranges while understanding customers' needs at the same time.

A major milestone for the Group was the establishment of Barkath Co-Ro Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. – a joint venture company with Co-Ro Food A/S, Denmark to produce Sunquick fruit juice for the Malaysian market and has 12 range of flavours

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