Osem Sderot Factory was established in 1979 at the city’s northern industrial zone, as a factory for the production of pasta and wafers, owned by Frumin. In 1981, Osem acquired the full ownership in the factory. Most of the employees in the factory are local, in line with Osem’s desire to contribute to the creation of jobs in periphery areas. Osem Sderot Factory is the southern anchor of the national production network of Osem. Starting as a pasta factory in the 1980s, the factory grew and evolved into an advanced and diversified factory. Over the years, the factory grew, expanding the production output from 7,000 tons a year in the 2000’s to 46,000 tons in 2014. The factory is home to close to 550 employees, of which 86% reside in Ashkelon and to its south.
Development of the factory:
1986 – Establishment of the soup production and packaging department.
1989 – Opening of the first Bissli line in the factory.
1995 – Establishment of the oil refining factory.
2000 – An advanced line is opened within the compound of the factory for the production of high-quality potato chips that are sold under the Chipsi brand name.
2002 – The parent factory in Bnei Brak is shut down and its production lines are transferred to the Sderot factory. In the same year,
Nestle establishes on the premises of the factory a global snack research and development center.
2005 – A new line is instituted for the production of snacks using extrusion technology.
2008 – The wet culinary department is established to take over the products and some of the production lines of the sauces factory in Petach Tikva, which was shut down.
Osem Sderot Factory comprises three principal departments:
The snack department, producing savory snacks such as Bissli, Dubonim, Apropo and Chipsi. Overall, this department handles some 170 finished products.
The dry culinary department produces Ptitim (baked pasta couscous), mini croutons (“soup almonds”) and a variety of soups, including powdered seasoning soups, instant soups, vegetable and chicken stocks, as well as instant dishes, meal in a cup (“Mana Chama”), dry sauces, self-raising flour, Nesquik chocolate milk powder, whipped creams, puddings and jello.
The wet culinary department produces ketchup, Chinese soy sauce, Thousand Island dressing, mustard and a wide variety of sauces in different package sizes – household, institutional and personal.
In addition to adhering to high standards of production, the Sderot factory also takes pride in its well-kept and esthetic appearance. For 25 consecutive years, the plant has been awarded five beauty stars – the highest commendation that is awarded as part of the “Beautiful Israel” contest.
Corporate social responsibility is a top priority for the Sderot factory. Accordingly, alongside the close relationship and contribution to the local community, the factory also works in close cooperation with Ma’as (Rehabilitative Work Center) in Beer Sheva, which is managed by the Yachdav Association.
the Center employs close to 140 individuals with special needs, who perform sorting and packaging activities 5 days a week.