Food has always been central to our growth. The Yıldız Holding story began in 1944 with the opening of the first Ülker biscuit factory in Istanbul. Back then we were one of the few Turkish manufacturers using modern production techniques. Our diligence and perseverance have guided us for over 73 years. We enter the 21st century as a modern integrated food group.
Our success has brought us strategic partnerships with other multinationals. With the purchase of Godiva at the end of 2007, we gained two production facilities, one in Belgium, the other in the United States. The purchase of Italian packaging company Nuroll in 2011, was followed by the acquisition of DeMet’s Candy at the beginning of 2014. In the same year United Biscuits joined our group. Collaborations with food giants like Cargill, Gumlink and Kellogg’s have made Yıldız a truly global brand.
We are now the single largest food manufacturer in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, generating revenues of 15.7 billion TL in 2013. With a workforce of 50,000 people in 77 factories (25 of which are outside Turkey), our companies reach consumers with 320 brands. Our diverse product range includes biscuits, chocolate, confectionary, cooking oil, margarine, dairy products, instant foods, frozen foods, bread, meat products, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Our success has been guided by our company values: entrepreneurship, adaptability, trustworthiness, honesty, foresight, courage and innovation. We have enhanced our reputation for social responsibility by developing projects in sports, education, health and the arts, while helping society through sponsorships.
From one single biscuit to global brands.
Investing in people and technology is our way to the future.