The history of Pak Group of Companies can be traced back to Mustafa Nevzat Ilaç San. A.S., founded in 1923 by Prof. Mustafa Nevzat as a small pharmaceutical laboratory.
Mustafa Nevzat is now a leading pharmaceutical company in Turkish market with significant overseas presence. The manufacturing experience gained through the production of packaged pharmaceuticals, as well as and pharmaceutical raw materials, allowed the group to enter the biotechnology industry when the first baker’s yeast plant in Turkey started production in 1973 at Kosekoy, Kocaeli, about 100 km from Istanbul.
The brand name Pakmaya became synonymous with industrial yeast, which in turn revolutionized the way bakeries made bread. To meet the ever-increasing demand, a second production plant was built at Izmir-Kemalpasa in 1986, and a third at Duzce-Cumayeri in 1990. A fourth baker’s yeast plant was established in Pascani, Romania in 1998 to serve the East European market.
All Pakmaya plants conform to the highest level of international hygiene and quality standards, using all-computerized systems for production, accounting, warehousing and delivery. An experienced team of around 1,000 people produce fresh, active dry and instant yeast varieties in Pakmaya plants. State-of-the-art machinery and equipment is used to ensure highest possible quality and hygiene standards.
Pakmaya is one of the top yeast producers in the world, having achieved a capacity equivalent to 250,000 tons of fresh yeast through stable growth ever since 1973.
To complement the baker’s yeast products, As Gida, also a Pak Group company, was established in 1986. As Gida specializes in bread additives, bread improvers, flour fortifiers and improvers, premixes, pastry ingredients such as whipped creams and gels, as well as milling products.
After revolutionizing the Turkish baker’s yeast market by introducing the previously-unknown industrial yeast to bakeries, Pakmaya focused on exports after 1980.
As a result of continuous product improvement and a better understanding of local needs and superior service quality, Pakmaya brands are currently recognized and used in over 130 countries worldwide.
Pakmaya is a market leader in many countries and, at any rate, its brands feature amongst the top three brands in almost every country. The export sales exceed $100M which is a clear sign of our international recognition and success.
Pakmaya is fully aware that continuous technological development of its products, as well as a first-rate customer service are vital for maintaining its leading position in global markets.
Pakmaya’s research & development activities are conducted at two different centres, founded for particular purposes.
Pak Biomer aims at developing novel and high-quality yeast products via micro-biological research.
FAGEM is an applied research centre that focuses on bread, both by developing novel bread additives and improvers and by undertaking an educational and support role for Pakmaya customers.