Where experience meets innovation
deSter is a leading provider of innovative food packaging and serviceware concepts to the aviation and food service industry. We create tailor-made innovations by combining our detailed understanding of the industry, our passion for design and service trends, and listening to the customer’s specific needs. With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing products, we are experts in providing our customers with reliable products that meet the most stringent quality standards.
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.Watch our video
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.
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.
Since September 2007 deSter has been part of gategroup, the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services.
deSter and SPIRIANT were merged in 2021 to capitalize on experiences in terms of product portfolio and sustainable solutions on a higher level. SPIRIANT production capabilities and advanced equipment management solutions complete the portfolio of deSter and add value to all gategroup’s activities.
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.Discover our approach
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.Read more
deSter has production plants in Europe, US and Thailand in addition to sales offices and warehouses worldwide. With more than 1000 dedicated employees and worldwide supply chain, we deliver food service concepts across the globe on a daily basis.Discover our locations
Since September 2007 deSter has been part of gategroup, the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services.Read more
Markets & Products
Both the foodservice and travel industries are core markets in our business. We serve Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chains, food processors, airlines, hotels & rail customers across the globe.Read more
The success of deSter depends in large part on its employees. As a result, we focus our energy on attracting and retaining talented individuals and encouraging their growth and development within our company.Read more
deSter constantly grows in different markets, releases new products and implements its ESG strategy further. Our news section is regularly updated to bring you the latest updates about the business.Read more