Yıldız Holding cares about nutrition and food safety, both locally and internationally. As our companies expand into the increasingly global food trade, we will continue to develop, implement and practice the latest scientific advancements and regulations. By providing information and guidance regarding production techniques and legal regulations, we work in cooperation with national statutes, civil organizations, academia, and suppliers, to address food safety at every stage of the chain.
An End to Trans Fats
We keep pace with international standards in food technology to the benefit of our consumers. Our use of oils without trans fats speaks of our responsibility as a producer.
• Our margarine has never included trans fats.
• Since 2004, we have reduced the trans fat content of frying oils from 14% to less than 1%.
• Since 2009, we have removed trans fats from all our biscuit, cake & chocolate categories.
• We have removed a total of 1,806 tons of fat from famous brands and milk products.
• We have reduced saturated fats in our products by 275 tons a year.
Reduction in Sugar and Salt
In the last 5 years, Ülker and its sub-brands have reduced use of sugar by approximately 20,000 tons, and salt by 550 tons.
• We have removed 14,023 tons of sugar from our biscuits, beverages, milk products, gums and candy products.
• We have reduced sugar in our reformulated carbonated drinks by 5,155 tons per year.
• We have removed 449 tons of salt from our biscuits, crackers and milk products in the past 5 years.
Encouraging Balanced Nutrition
Harnessing advances in food technology, we have introduced low-calorie and enriched products which support adequate and balanced nutrition, including:
• Low-calorie product alternatives with reduced fat and sugar ratios
• Products which are rich in nutritional value, high in fiber, whole grain, low-fat and low-calorie
• Low-fat baked snack product alternatives with 80% less fat.
Principles of Responsible Communication
1. Label Literacy: In addition to product variety, we are making it easier for consumers to be informed about our products. We have added easily visible and readable ‘Nutritional Value Tables’ to all our products. Organized with amounts for 100g and individual packets, the nutritional value tables contribute to raising consumer awareness. The size of individual-serving packets for high-calorie products is always less than 50g, and we provide consumers with alternative portion options.
2. Guide to Responsible Communication: It is our responsibility as a producer to provide options for adequate and balanced nutrition. We provide a variety of products, allowing consumers to choose according to their needs. We brought together principles of responsible nutrition to create Yıldız Holding’s Guide to Responsible Nutritional Communication. We were the first food company in Turkey to create and follow a nutritional guide.
Click here to access our Guide to Responsible Nutritional Communication.
Launched as the result of our collaboration with the prestigious Harvard School of Public Health, the Sabri Ülker Center
Sabri Ulker Center
is conducting important research projects for the future of health.
In parallel to a $24 million donation from Yıldız Holding, the Department for Genetics and Complex Diseases will be known as the Sabri Ülker Center for ten years beginning in 2014.
The center is directed by genetics expert Dr Gökhan Hotamışlıgil. Our donation will help fund studies and host scientists from Turkey and around the world, with a particular focus on preventing the development of chronic diseases.
A key event at the Sabri Ülker Center is the Scientific Biennial Project, which alternates between Istanbul and Boston. The biennial provides scientists the opportunity to seek new collaborations and find fresh perspectives.
Harvard School of Public Health
America’s first professional public health education center, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) was founded in 1913 in a partnership between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. In 1922, it separated from MIT and continued its activities at Harvard.
Today, HSPH’s 400 international faculty members work in various fields and disciplines toward a healthier future for humanity. HSPH’s multinational staff hails from over 60 countries and includes physicians, health officials, nurses, lawyers and statisticians.
Departments at HSPH
• Environmental Health
• Genetics and Complex Diseases
• Global Health and Population
• Health Policy and Management
• Immunity and Infectious Diseases
• Social and Behavioural Sciences
HSPH took the first steps towards finding a polio vaccine by creating the virus in nerve-free tissue. This discovery brought them the Nobel Prize.
HSPH saved the lives of millions of children with their development of oral rehydration therapy. The therapy prevents death by dehydration, which can be triggered by various diseases that cause diarrhoea.
HSPH demonstrated that passive smoking is a health threat, paving the way for smoke-free offices and public spaces.
HSPH discovered that HIV was contracted from blood, then developed an efficient test to ensure the safety of blood donations.
HSPH discovered the tick which transmits Lyme disease.
HSPH demonstrated that excessive fat is unhealthy in human diet, and that trans fats are particularly dangerous.
HSPH proposed the Safe Surgery Checklist. Together with the World Health Organization, they made its use standard practice in hospitals, thus preventing the death or disability of thousands due to easily-preventable errors.
Hotamışlıgil Laboratory in Numbers:
• Number of employees: 27
• Of these, 9 are researchers, scientists, faculty members, and administrators
• 12 are colleagues who have finished their studies
• 3 are post graduate students
• 3 are research assistants
• Number of Turkish members: 7
• Total number of people who have held positions at the laboratory in its history: 84
• Number of Turks who have had positions at the laboratory in its history: 19
• Current number of active projects: 10
• Scientific papers published by Gökhan Hotamışlıgil since the laboratory’s foundation: 111 original articles; 37 books, chapters and critiques.
Click to visit the website of Sabri Ulker Center