Passionate about pies

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO AN AUSTRALIAN ICON

In 1966, after working at their local bakery, Peter and Annie Rijs bought a small cake shop named Patties in Lakes Entrance, Victoria. Wanting to offer their customers more than just sweet treats, they introduced freshly baked bread rolls and delicious hot pies to the menu. The rest, as they say, is history. It wasn’t long before their business began to boom and bite by bite, the Patties legend began to grow. By the mid eighties, thanks to its famous pies, pastries and party food, Patties had become a household name. 

In 2003, the Rijs family added FOUR ‘N TWENTY, Nanna’s and Herbert Adams to its stable of iconic Australian brands. A year later we became known as Patties Foods and in 2006, we were listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Since then, we’ve welcomed Chef’s Pride into the fold, extending our range to frozen fruit and foodservice.

Today, we’re one of the leading frozen food companies and continue to build on the family’s vision to deliver great tasting, honest food to all Australians, no matter what the occasion.

Keep scrolling to  see how we turned a small cake shop in regional Victoria into a giant bakery delivering great tasting food to all Australians.

  • From humble beginnings 1966

    Peter and Annie Rijs purchase patties cake shop

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  • From humble beginnings 1967

    Rijs' introduce pies and bread rolls to the cake shop

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  • From humble beginnings 1974

    A new bakery is built in Lakes Entrance

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  • Building the foundations 1976

    Sunicrust bakery in Bairnsdale is bought and the Patties business moves to Bairnsdale

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  • Building the foundations 1985

    Business is booming and a much larger bakery is built in Bairnsdale

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  • Investing for growth 1994

    Patties number one selling Party Pack 30s is launched

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  • Investing for growth 1998

    $2m invested to expand the Bairnsdale bakery

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  • High Demand 2000

    Installation of additional production capabilities to meet the increasing demand for sausage rolls and finger foods

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  • Bringing it home 2003

    Acquisition of iconic Australian Brands

    Iconic Australian brands FOUR 'N TWENTY, Herbert Adams, and Nanna's are acquired from American owned Simplot.

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  • Bringing it home 2004

    Herbert Adams gourmet King Island Beef pies launched

    Pioneering provenance with only 100% King Island Beef used in these premium pies.

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  • Going public 2006

    Patties foods is listed on Australian Stock Exchange

    An additional 3,000 shareholders subscribe to buy shares in Patties Foods Limited and the company goes public.

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  • Winning big 2006

    Inducted into the Victorian Hall of Fame and Gippsland Business Hall of Fame

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  • Broadening the base 2007

    Creative Gourmet and Chefs Pride join Patties Foods

    Sydney based frozen fruit & foodservice brands Creative Gourmet and Chefs Pride are purchased.

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  • Driving Innovation 2007

    FOUR 'N TWENTY Pie gets even bigger

    FOUR 'N TWENTY's Hungryman Pie is the first pie made 60% bigger than the traditional 175g pie and now a top seller in petrol and convenience outlets.

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  • Driving Innovation 2010

    Legendary Angus Beef Pie launched

    FOUR 'N TWENTY's Legendary Angus Beef Pies is born boosting sales by over $10million in the first year.

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  • Driving Innovation 2010

    Nanna's Frozen Fruit value range launched

    Nanna's continues to drive their rapidly growing section of the supermarket freezer.

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  • Driving Innovation 2013

    Nanna's Donuts launched

    The popular frozen food brand launches a new range of donuts including choc filled and Mini Jam Ball donuts. Perfect for snacking and a sweet addition to the Nanna's famous fruit pie range.

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  • Driving Innovation 2014

    Herbert Adams launches Slow Cooked Chunky Pies

    Herbert Adams launches a new range of Slow-Cooked chunky beef pies and takes out a silver medal in 2014 Great Aussie Pie Competition.

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  • Driving Innovation 2014

    FOUR 'N TWENTY Real Chunky and Real Convenient

    FOUR 'N TWENTY launches Real Chunky Pies into Petrol and convenience and major stadiums. With superior chunks of tender Australian Beef and that great FOUR 'N TWENTY taste.

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  • Driving Innovation 2014

    Patties launches Pie bites and savoury bites

    These tiny little pies for hungry little guys are perfect for snacking and entertaining, Ready in 10 minutes and available in a range of delicious flavours.

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