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Our Story

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The Beginning: A.E. ILLES Company

ILLES Foods was founded by Austrian-Hungarian Olympian-turned-chemist Arpad Enoch (A.E.) Illes.  A.E. received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Budapest in 1901.  After receiving his Ph.D., A.E. moved to the United States, where he worked in New York City, St. Louis, and later Dallas as a chemist developing many nationally known products that people use in their homes today. 

It was in 1927 that A.E. created A.E. ILLES Co., originally a hair oil and cosmetic cream company, in a spare room located in his home.  By 1930, A.E. ILLES Co. had outgrown the spare bedroom and opened it's first production facility in downtown Dallas, TX.  The move also was the transition from cosmetics to the manufacturing and importing of flavors, concentrates, and extracts.  

Generational Growth 

After graduating from Rice University, A.E.'s sons, George and Robert, joined the family business in the 1930's.  A.E. ILLES Company flourished through the 30's, 40's, and 50's, partnering with creameries, bakeries, ice cream manufacturers, and soft drink manufacturers world-wide. The company outgrew their downtown Dallas location and moved into a larger production facility in Dallas. 

ILLES' third generation, George's son, George "Rick" Jr., took over the company in the 1980's.  Under Rick's leadership, the company realized exponential growth and expanded it's product offerings.  The expanded product lines lead to the company's new name, ILLES Seasonings and Flavors.  By 2001, ILLES's growth lead to the closing of their Dallas location and the opening of an additional production facility in Carrollton, TX.

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Today's ILLES

ILLES Seasonings and Flavors flourished, becoming a major source for restaurant chains, food manufacturers, and retailers.  In 2011, ILLES moved out of it's Dallas, TX location and opened a second plant in Carrollton, TX that is dedicated to liquid production.  

On January 1, 2020 Cristin Illes Kahale, fourth generation Illes, became the company's new CEO.   

No longer just a seasoning and flavor company, ILLES Seasonings and Flavors is now ILLES Foods.  Our focus has expanded to not only provide seasonings, sauces, and beverage solutions, but also to providing culinary and R&D expertise to our customers.  ILLES Foods strives to continue to follow in A.E. Illes' footsteps and push ourselves to ensure that our customers are better with us than they are without us.