Where experience
meets innovation

Where experience meets innovation

deSter is a leading provider of innovative food packaging and serviceware concepts to the aviation and food service industry. Through combining our detailed understanding of the industry, our passion for design and service trends and listening to the customer’s specific needs, we create tailor-made innovations. With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing thermoformed and injection moulded products we are experts in providing our customers with reliable products that meet the most stringent quality standards.

 

 

Our Story

Founded as a general trading house in 1936, deSter took its first footsteps in resin-based manufacturing in 1973, with the production of the humble yet famous Belgian fries fork. Today, we are a leading supplier to all major airlines and steadily growing in the “on-the-ground” food packaging market with leading foodservice customers. With over 1000 dedicated employees and a worldwide supply chain, we’re a trusted partner for the design, production and daily delivery of foodservice and travel concepts across the globe. deSter is a member of gategroup.

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Company timeline
1936
1969
1973
1999
2007
1936

deSter's history goes back to the year 1936 when the company was founded in Amsterdam by T.H. Ritman. Initially, the company produced cleaning and service products for hotels, hospitals and restaurants.

1969

Joost Ritman took over the company from his father in 1969 and took on the further development of deSter. They were convinced that the aviation industry would develop enormously due to the growing number of passengers and the increase in traveling. In the seventies, the rise of deSter accelerated due to onboard weight optimization as plastic disposable and reusable products replaced the heavier porcelain. With a view to expansion through the great success, the Ritman brothers ended up at the one-man company of Jaak Geens in Hoogstraten. Jaak specialized in molds and producer of plastic ice cream scoops and fries forks.

1973
In 1963, Jaak Geens started an injection moulding business, producing plastic spoons and stirrers in the garage of his home in Hoogstraten. In 1973, his company was acquired by the Ritman Family and deSter Disposables was born.
1999
EQT-owned Duni AB acquired deSter in 1999 and restructured the business and repositioned the company within the in-flight equipment and in-flight catering industry. In 2005, this division was separated from Duni and continued operating under the name deSter.
Gategroup acquires deSter

Since September 2007 deSter has been part of gategroup, the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. 

We innovate

In every product we develop, the first and foremost ingredient is human creativity. At deSter we are experts in turning creative ideas into an inspired design, then a tasteful product and finally a globally distributed reality. Our design approach is based on four key phases aiming to deliver balanced results through co-development.

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We deliver

At deSter we combine a wealth of in-depth knowledge and industry experience with a passion for trends and technological innovation in order to deliver on any challenge. Together with our customers we go for a thorough understanding of their market, operations and desired customer experience. It’s our mission to offer our customers more than just products.

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Global presence

deSter has production plants in Europe, US and Thailand in addition to sales offices and warehouses worldwide. With nearly 1000 dedicated employees and worldwide supply chain, we deliver food service concepts across the globe on a daily basis.

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About gategroup

Since September 2007 deSter has been part of gategroup, the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services.

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Markets

Both the foodservice and travel Industry are core markets in our business. We serve Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chains, food processors, airlines, hotels & rail customers across the globe. By incorporating our cross-market knowledge into all our development projects, we create added value to all of our customers.

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Brands

For well over a few decades, we proudly have been bringing best in class design and innovative developments. Our extensive portfolio therefore includes various brands and product ranges, offering both off-the-shelf as well as bespoke, highly customised foodservice and travel solutions.

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Products

At deSter we’re all about creating exciting and inspiring products set to enhance the overall customer experience. Whether it’s a highly customized, bespoke design or a more standard of the shelf product, we’re able to provide you with a solution that perfectly fits your brand or business.

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