Who are we?

Our owners have known tobacco and agriculture for decades. In 1980, they established a new company called Kütaş, and tried to use that knowledge to produce laurel leaves in a one-room operation.

In that first season, they ended up with huge output of – 2 tons of laurel leaves. We were small (in fact, tiny), but we were armed with the right idea – to constantly strive to achieve the highest level of product quality and customer satisfaction. By “listening to the customer”, years before it became a catchword..

Our growth was steady and within 20 years, Kütaş was the largest global processor of Mediterranean herbs. We then expanded our activities back down the value chain towards cultivation (by establishing Kütaş Agro in 1993), and forward up the chain towards milling, blending, sterilization and retail packing (by establishing Safe Spice in 1999). In 2001, we started to implement Good Agricultural Practices in our fields, which had now reached 300 hectares with drip-irrigation systems and automatic harvesting.

In 2003, we started the cultivation of mint, sage and thyme. In 2005, we were certified for organic production. In 2009, we established “Artisan”, our retail-packing facility, and built drying ovens next to our fields for machine drying. In 2011, we set up our first cleaning line for seeds. In 2012, we were certified for GLOBAL GAP and Muddy Boots. Our labs were accredited by Camden-Chorleywood of the UK, and we brought our pesticide tests in-house with GC/MS equipment. In 2013, we moved our bay leaves operation to a new state-of-the-art facility, with optic sorting technology for imperfections in the leaves. In 2014 we increased the number of our ovens from 37 to …

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Production

  • Artisan Co-Packing Facility
  • Laurel Drying Facility in Salihli
  • Safe Spice Facility

Salihli

Güzelbahçe Plant

Kemalpaşa Plant

Safe Spice

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Agriculture

Oregano-Sage-Rosemary-Thyme

Bay Leaves

Steam Sterilization, Seed Processing, Retail Packing

Traceability begins with planting of raw material and ends with the final product. The HACCP plan is rigidly controlled by flow charts and risk analysis tables.

Products

  • Bay Leaves

    Yes, Kütaş processes 50% of the world’s total volume of bay leaves. Yes, Kütaş has state-of-the-art processing machinery, including optic sorters that can detect minute imperfections in the leaf so that only the perfect ones are approved. But there is more to “laurus nobilis”, from mythology to ancient history, than simple numbers. Here is the story: Bay laurel was used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. A wreath of bay laurels was given as the prize at the Pythian Games because the games were in honor of Apollo, and the laurel was one of his symbols.

    The symbolism carried over to Roman culture, which held the laurel as a symbol of victory.[13] It is also the source of the words baccalaureate and poet laureate, as well as the expressions "assume the laurel" and "resting on one's laurels" (which at Kütaş we try not to do). Ovid tells the story in the Metamorphoses that laurel tree was first formed when the nymph Daphne was changed into a laurel tree because of Apollo's pursuit of her. Daphne is the Greek name for the tree.[14]

    In the Bible, the laurel is often an emblem of prosperity and fame. In Christian tradition, it symbolizes the resurrection of Christ.

  • oregano

    Oregano is a multi-purpose herb used in food, cosmetics and medicine. Kütaş is the largest global producer and supplier of Oregano, with a 50% global market share.

    We owe this market share to ourextensive purchasing organization and our high quality service. Production is customer specific, with physical cleaning and sizing. If requested, the finished product is sterilized in a Kütaş Group facility.

    Most common types exported from Turkey are Origanum Onites L, Origanum Minutiflorum, Origanum Majorana L., Origanum Syriacum, Origanum Vulgare ssp. with the most common type being İzmir Oregano (Origanum Onites L.)

    İzmir Oregano’s principal characteristic is its high Volatile Oil at % 2-4. Usually the V.O. is expected to be higher than % 2.5.

  • rose mary

    This special herb that grows close to the Mediterranean Sea, with small, thick, and fragrant leaves, is processed specifically for customer demands by Kütaş.

    We can also grind the cleaned and processed products or cut them in different varieties. Rosemary that comes out of our plants, like all other finished products, is ready for use in any kitchen.

  • sage

    Kütaş is the world’s largest producer of Turkish and Albanian sage. The main market for Albanian sage, which as a raw material is brought to Turkey and produced in our Güzelbahçe plant, is the United States. Turkish sage, also produced in Güzelbahçe for the European and Asian markets, is one of our signature items..

  • savoury

    Both Winter Savoury (Satureja Montana) and Summer Savoury (Satureja Hortensis) are produced in our Güzelbahçe plant according to customer specifications. Kütaş is again the dominant player in Turkey for both types of savoury.

  • thyme

    Also known as wild oregano, thyme s from the oregano familia. Its been known to be traded as oregano in the market.

    We purchase the raw material from Turkey and other countries, and process it to customer specifications.

Quality

We live by a simple maxim – “No additives, no coloring, only 100% pure product”. At Kütaş, we purchase our herbs and spices from approved suppliers and processes them with the latest technology and expert personnel, using our 30 years of experience.

We are certified and accredited by BSI with ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 22000 quality and food management systems.

Implementing scientific data, Kütaş is always looking for ways to improve the administration of its quality management system from the farm to the kitchen.

At Kütaş, we devote a lot of our time and energy to educating our approved suppliers and our team in our high quality standards. Our labs are equipped with the state of the art technology to satisfy all customer demands in quality criteria.

All chemical and physical analysis are done by an expert Kütaş team member. Analysis for Europe is done by ESA (Eurepean Spice Association) and US/Canada production is done by ASTA/FDA Quality Assurance

  • Pesticides (GC/MS)
  • TPC
  • E-Coli
  • Total Coliform
  • Enterobactericeace
  • Yeast and Mould
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Clostridium perfringens

Corporate Social Responsibility

• Creating employment in new regions by the introduction of new items
• Employing people with disabilities
• Scholarships to children
• Contributions to local charities in regions where we buy products or employ people
• Internship program within our corporation
• Agriculture programs to enhance yield and increase income of our suppliers.

Warehousing & Logistics

• Dedicated spice warehouses
• Financing & logistics planning services for annual requirements
• Own containers
• We can label & palletize the goods as per customer specifications

Sustainability

Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility

  • Care about the future
  • Care about nature
  • Use sustainable energy sources
  • Conserve water
  • Recycle
  • Educate our farmers to care about the environment
  • Muddy Boots Certified
  • GLOBALGAP Certified
  • A Member of Sedex

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