Popular west Auckland confectioner and snack food distributor GDL Brands was sold last month but it’s business as usual for the company that has, amongst its dozens of lines, Jolly Time and Kind bar products. Former owners Frank and Lesley Geaney began the company 21 years ago in its pink warehouse at Kumeu and quickly achieved national distribution of its price packaged lines.

The new owner is Kamal Jhaveri who is a well-known South Auckland businessman who has had numerous interests including restaurants, small supermarkets, the petrol channel and several health stores. Jhaveri intends growing and diversifying the business with particular emphasis on expansion in the snacking and health food area.