About Us

Throughout our 30 years of experience at Garipoğlu Group of Companies, we have learned to aim for the best, to maintain top quality and to ensure stable growth. We grew by combining our know-how from the past with the cutting-edge technology of the present. And today, we continue our journey as a brand that has proven itself across generations around the world.


1986: (Inception Stage: Ceyhan Facility)

In 1986, the Group started manufacturing fresh yeast under the brand “Özmaya” at Ceyhan (Turkey), which was the first manufacturing facility of the company. The “Özmaya” fresh yeast soon became a product of choice by industrial bakeries thanks to its distinctive quality, and the brand shortly became popular across the country.

1990: (Step-by-step growth: Amasya Facility)

The company established its second manufacturing facility in Amasya (Turkey) in 1990 to respond to increasing demand. The Group was now manufacturing fresh yeast at both facilities. From then on, the company adopted a strategy based on step-by-step growth, and launched its second brand “Safmaya.”

1994: (Launch of dry yeast and exports to 80 countries: Lüleburgaz Facility)

With a focus on improvement and R&D activities, the Group was in search for new business lines and in 1994 the company proved its experience at two facilities with its first dry yeast brand “Akmaya” which was exported to 80 countries. With this brand, the Group became a global player reaching beyond the borders of Turkey.

The company started manufacturing baker’s yeast and bread additives at Lüleburgaz facility, followed by manufacture of organic fertilizer and animal feed from waste yeast.

1996: (Opening up to the world: Odessa Facility)

Building on its success in yeast manufacturing, the Group decided to start investments abroad, and started manufacturing fresh yeast at its new facility in Odessa (Ukraine) in 1996.

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1998: Odessa (Ukraine) Facility was upgraded.


The company started manufacturing dry and fresh yeast at Voronezh (Russia) Facility.

2003: Ruse (Bulgaria) Facility

The Group continued its growth step by step to respond to the increasing global demand, and launched fresh yeast manufacturing at Ruse Facility (Bulgaria) in 1999.

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The company started investments to launch dry yeast manufacturing operations in addition to fresh yeast at facilities in Bulgaria and Ukraine.


Investments were completed at Bulgaria and Ukraine facilities to start production of dry yeast.