The Team


Profection Fresh CC, trading as Simply Garlic, was established in 2008. It was started when Freshmark (a division of Shoprite/Checkers) decided to privatise their in-house garlic processing operation. An old farmhouse was converted on the farm Boekenhoutskloof in the Cullinan district in Mpumulanga, to house the operation. Initially the business belonged to Jaco Marais and Gerard van der Laarse. The partnership was dissolved when the company moved to its current site in 2011 at Dewar Street, Derdepoort, Pretoria. Jaco Marais sold his shares to Gerard van der Laarse (who also studied Horticulture and Food Science at the University of Pretoria). He previously ran the company QC Fresh, which then focused on food safety training, inspections and auditing against the GLOBALGAP, HACCP and GMP standards.

The Present

Simply Garlic is an owner-managed company that has adopted a dynamic, hands-on approach which we believe will enable us to meet your demands and that ultimately means that you, our valued client, will receive that personal service and quality products that you expect.

The mission statement of the company reads as follows:

The company has been established to source, process, package and distribute Value Added Food products. We are committed to provide consumers with food products that exceed their expectations and ensure full customer satisfaction. We will provide consumers with the safest and best valued products which we have to offer. Simply Garlic, Profection Fresh CC will serve its customers in the best way possible by providing products that are the right quality, the right quantity, at the right price and at the right time.


  • GMP Standard
  • Food Business operator
  • Food Business Premises
  • BEE Certificate
  • Halaal Certified
  • Kosher Certified

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