Company

Adding value – through strategic specialization.

We focus on specialty food and pharma ingredients and have been dedicated to identifying new, innovative applications for these since 1945. It’s a strategy that’s paid off. Headquartered in Ried im Innkreis, Austria, and with 16 subsidiaries, KUK is now one of Central and Eastern Europe’s most well-known providers in these sectors. Our aim is to act as a link between internationally renowned suppliers of select ingredients, and food and pharma manufacturers which adhere to the highest standards of quality. On site, in the local language, and supported by a team of solution experts.

Philosophy

Adding value – with our unconventional approach.

KUK: three letters with a single goal. To be the link that adds value. Between ingredients experts, product developers and demanding end consumers. Whoever we target, we always keep the bigger picture in mind. We ask questions. We do our research. And we tailor our expertise to our customers’ exact needs – until we've found the perfect recipe. The more unique the task, the more innovative our approach – both unconventionally flexible and exceptionally future-oriented.

History

Adding value - with our pioneering vision

Listening, to hear what the market needs. Already there, when others are just starting out. The founders of KUK, Krist, Ulrich and Kössl, enlivened the post-war market with artificial honey, which met with enthusiastic acceptance. With the start of pectin production, the company laid the foundation for further successes.

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1950

A new visionary joins the team: Herbert Karsch leads the growth of the pectin business and sees the potential of distribution business – shifting the company’s focus from production to distribution at a strategically critical moment. The firm begins applying its expertise to trading ingredients for the food industry.

1984

Anton Kirchtag arrives on the scene. Over the next few years, he responds to the opening up of Eastern Europe by internationalizing the business – and is one step ahead of the emerging trend for large-scale distribution networks. Under his leadership, KUK stops thinking in terms of countries and starts thinking in terms of regions – that’s KUKalization.

1990

With 25 respected representationes, KUK is now one of Austria’s leading distributors. In 1993, the company enters the Hungarian market and establishes itself as an interregional company trading beyond Austria’s borders. Then, in 1994, it opens its first subsidiary: KUK-Bohemia in Prague. This is the starting point for rolling out lean, expert teams throughout the Eastern European market.

1995

Anton Kirchtag is among the first people to identify the new trend for “functional food”, and once again becomes a pioneer. He expands the company’s portfolio to include nutraceutical and pharmaceutical ingredients – an area in which KUK is now a leading distributor. By 2001, the company has subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovakia.

2007

By this point, KUK has a foothold in the four largest CEE markets – Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia – as well as Kazakhstan. Katrin Kirchtag joins the company in 2010 and leads KUK into the digital age, securing its future in Europe.

2014

KUK opens subsidiaries in Albania and Macedonia, plus test kitchens at all KUK locations.

2016

KUK reaches another milestone: new Application Centers in Győr, Hungary, and Kiev, Ukraine, allow the company to build on its existing expertise in specially equipped labs, and improve its services for customers and suppliers. New state-of-the-art equipment allows the firm to simulate more complex, technically challenging production processes and develop solutions that are an exact fit for customers’ needs. Research, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit are key elements of the company’s vision.

Team

Adding value – through contacts you can count on.

Our employees are the face of our company. And each and every one is 100% committed to using our flat, flexible hierarchies for your benefit – wherever you’re based, and in your local language. This is why cultural diversity is such an integral part of our corporate culture. It sparks creativity, encourages individuals to take the initiative, and opens our eyes to specific local needs, which in turn provide inspiration for innovative new products for other markets. What makes a KUKie stand out? Their capacity to think outside the box. An inability to turn down a challenge. And a readiness to take complete responsibility.

Jobs

Adding value – with a workplace like no other.

New markets, new opportunities … Not just for growing companies, but for new faces too. Perhaps you’d like to benefit too? Tell us why you’d like to join the KUK team – whether it’s in our back office, working closely with customers and suppliers, or as a food technician in their labs. Inspire us with your personal story and show us how passionate you are about creating innovative solutions. Make us want to find out more! Send your application to jobs@kuk.com.

For our customers

Adding value – through comprehensive support and advice.

Highly developed and demanding sectors such as the food and pharma industries rely heavily on product developers who are faced with enormous challenges. End products are becoming more complex. And product cycles are getting shorter. For developers, this means responding in a better way, faster. So the call for partners who can support them is getting louder. We’ve heard this call – and we’ve responded. Our comprehensive, one-stop consulting service gets to the bottom of companies’ needs and supports them through the entire process. It’s an added benefit that our long-standing customers know and appreciate.

For our suppliers

Adding value – as your local outsourcing partner.

New markets are opening up all over the world. This means the doors of many renowned companies are now open to first-class suppliers. These companies don’t just expect high-quality ingredients – they want exceptional on-site support too. For ingredients manufacturers with a diverse range of products, this represents both an opportunity and a challenge. What you need is a flexible, expert sales force that can deliver this support locally, working closely with you. And this is precisely how KUK sees its role as an outsourcing partner in Central and Eastern Europe. As the link between manufacturers and customers, our 60 food technologists feel at home on both sides – in the research labs of our suppliers and the development labs of our customers. The value we add? A smooth transfer of knowledge between the two, allowing the very latest findings to be incorporated into the development of one-of-a-kind products. It’s just another reason why suppliers trust us to expand their business in the east, using our extensive sales network. Because our many years of customer relationship management mean that doors really do stand wide open for us.

Test kitchens

Adding value – with our innovative test kitchens.

We get to know our suppliers’ high-quality ingredients in their own labs. But it’s in our test kitchens that our 60 food technologists expand their knowledge, trial new recipes, and produce small-batch samples. It’s a service our customers embrace – because it means they can be certain of the excellent quality of the products before production starts. This model has already been rolled out in 16 countries, with the test lab and sample production adding yet more value for our suppliers and customers.

Suppliers

Adding value – through highly specialized suppliers.

Our suppliers are a key enabler of our ability to add value. In compliance with rigorous safety and quality standards, they develop new ingredients in their labs that in turn allow us to create high-quality, innovative products in collaboration with our customers. When a supplier decides to task us with their commercial representation in Eastern Europe, they enjoy even more added value: access to more than 10,000 customers in Central and Eastern Europe. But such a decision is not taken lightly. It only follows close consultation with our food specialists in the supplier’s lab. The following suppliers now enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing their high-quality ingredients are in good hands. They benefit from our established networks in the east, spanning multiple countries, with all the distribution and logistics handled by KUK.

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food ingredients

Adding value – with select food ingredients.

With a focus on specialty food ingredients, we offer a broad portfolio of high-quality products – plus more than 60 food technologists to serve up expert advice.

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Starches

modified & functional native starches, emulsifying and fat mimetic starches

Hydrocolloides

carrageenes, alginates, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, guar gum, pectines, gelatine, agar agars, gum arabic, cellulose gum, MCC and its functional blends

Milk derived ingredients

caseinates, whey based ingredients, toppings, coffee creamers, coffee foamers, butter-fractions

Dairy cultures and media

milk and cheese cultures, rennets and media

Cocoa & Chocolate products

cocoa powder, -mass and -butter, industrial chocolates, coatings and filings, chocolate products for decoration and inclusions

Vegetable fats

fat powders and flakes, palm based fat specialties (CBE, CBS, CBR, CBI, shortenings) and other vegetable fats

Colours and taste

natural colours & colouring foodstuffs, caramel colours, vanillin, savoury & sweet flavours, seasonings, cheese based powders, yeast and yeast extracts, tea & coffee extracts

Egg products

crystallised and spraydried eggwhitepowder, eggyolk- and whole eggpowder

Fruits and vegetables

freeze- and airdried fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, meat and fish, fruit- and vegetable powder, fruit purees and juices, pulse flours, herbs & spices

Semifinished products

cereals and their mixes, cornflakes, soja nuts, -flakes, -grits, roasted bread crumbs, croutons, babyfood cereals, hydrolyzed flours

Sweeteners and Sugars

aspartam, acesulfam K, stevia, xylitol, lactitol, fructose, rare and pearl sugars, sucralose, icing sugar and fondant powder

Functional proteins (non-dairy)

plant based - soya protein, pea protein, sunflower protein, pulse protein, animal based - porkrind powder, collagen, meat protein, plasma protein

Emulsifiers

mono-diglycerides, datem, lactem, citrem, acetem, PGE, PGPR, SSL, lecithin

Antioxidants

tocopherols, ascorbyl palmitate, rosemary extract, green tea extract

Others

breadcrumbs for meat coating, (instant) rice & rice flours, liquid and dried malt extracts & flours, phosphates, enzymes, potassium sorbate, marzipan, glazing, polishing, varnishing and release agents for the sweet goods, betaine

Nutra- & Pharmaceuticals

Adding value – with select nutra- and pharmaceuticals.

With a focus on specialty nutraceutical and pharmaceutical ingredients, we offer a broad portfolio of high-quality products – plus more than 60 technologists to serve up expert advice.

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Excipients (solid)

lactose for granulation, lactose for direct compression, MCC, film coating for tablets, disintegrants, pharmaceutical starches, pharmaceutical gelatines, xanthan, xylitol

Excipients (liquid)

polysorbates, ethoxylated castor oil, macrogolstearate, sorbitan ester, macrogol lauryl ether, vaccine adjuvants

Lubricants

stearic acid, magnesium stearate, glycerol dibehenate

Dietary fibres

inulin, oligo-fructose, soluble apple fibre, cellulose fibre, liquid oligofructose

Probiotics

probiotic cultures, probiotic yeasts

Joint health

glucosamine, chondroitin, native collagen type II, hyaluronic acid

Cardiovascular health

omega-3 fatty acids in oil and powder

Vitamins and minerals

vitamin-mineral mixtures, calcium carbonates, B-vitamins and minerals from yeast, vitamin K2

Sports nutrition

L-carnitine, conjugated linoleic acid, protein hydrolysates, WPCs, whole milk protein

Immun ingredients

arabinogalactan, lactoferrin, colostrum

Bioactive ingredients

plant extracts, pine nut oil, lecithin, MCT, antioxidants

Topical ingredients

hyaluronic acid, emulsifiers, thickeners, betain

Contact

Adding value – with a responsive team.

Have we sparked your interest? Do you have a question and want a quick answer? Simply get in touch with your local KUK office or feel free to contact our headquarters. The value we add? We always reply within 24 hours. And when one of our associates contacts you, you can take them at their word.

Locations

Adding value – on the ground, in the local language.

We offer the flexibility of a small firm and the reliability of an established company. That’s how we’ve successfully built up a presence in 21 countries. Working with KUK means talking with a real person who understands your business. We provide on-site support, are available within a short period of time –with the dedication and ambition to solve each and every problem. No issue is too small to be resolved in an innovative way. The value we add? Proximity to you and extensive consultation upfront.

Headquarters

KUK-Handels GmbH
Auleiten 4
4910 Ried im Innkreis
Phone +43 77 52 858 05
Fax +43 77 52 858 05 – 20

Albania

KUK-Albania sh.p.k.
Autostrada Tirane-Durres KM7
1051 Kashar-Tirane
Phone +355 4 4803429
Fax +355 4 4803429

Austria

KUK-Austria GmbH
Auleiten 4
4910 Ried im Innkreis
Phone +43 77 52 858 05
Fax +43 77 52 858 05 – 20

Bulgaria

KUK-Bulgaria Ltd.
Georgi Benev Str. 3
4027 Plovdiv
Phone +359 32 946 760
Fax +359 32 967 558

Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

KUK-Adriatic d.o.o.
Rudeska 160B
10000 Zagreb
Phone +385 1 3866 014
Fax +385 1 3886 164

Czech Republic

KUK-Bohemia, spol. s r.o.
Vinohradská 90
130 00 Praha 3
Phone +420 271 730 262
Fax +420 272 191 616

Germany

KUK-Germania GmbH
Gallbrunnenplatz 5 a
76669 Bad Schönborn
Phone +49 7253 93 49 08 - 0
Fax +49 7253 93 49 08 - 9

Hungary

KUK-Hungaria Kft.
Liszt F. u. 40
9022 Györ
Phone +36 96 511 780
Fax +36 96 511 789

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

TOO KUK-Kazakhstan
micro-district Nurlytau, Kunzharyk street 1A
040932 Almaty
Phone +7 727 2977 044
Fax +7 727 2977 044

Macedonia

KUK-Macedonia d.o.o.e.l.
str. Hristo Smirnenski 21-1/22
1000 Skopje
Phone +389 2 311 80 82
Fax +389 2 312 01 48

Poland

KUK-Polska Sp. z o.o.
ul. Wierzbięcice 49/5
61-547 Poznań
Phone +48 61 639 77 02
Fax

Romania, Moldova

KUK-Romania S.R.L.
Str. Emil Garleanu 11, Bloc C1
077190 Voluntari, Jud. Ilfov
Phone +40 2131 044 65
Fax +40 2131 044 69

Russia

KUK-Russia Ltd.
3rd Khoroshevskaya str.18, build.2
123298 Moscow
Phone +7 495 225 45 81
Fax

Serbia, Montenegro

KUK-Srbija d.o.o.
Hadži Melentijeva 58
11 000 Beograd
Phone +381 11 3089 950
Fax +381 11 3089 970

Slovakia

KUK-Slovakia, s.r.o.
Zvolenská 32
821 09 Bratislava
Phone +421 2 5810 3400
Fax +421 2 5810 3412

Slovenia

KUK d.o.o. - Slovenia
Parmova ulica 53
1000 Ljubljana
Phone +386 1 436 42 92
Fax +386 1 436 42 93

Ukraine

KUK-Ukraine Ltd.
Krasylivska str. 11
03040 Kiew
Phone +380 44 459 31 55
Fax +380 44 459 31 56