Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Zagrebačka Pivovara Invests HRK 64 Million in Technologically Advanced Line

June 15, 2022 - Zagrebačka pivovara has invested a total of HRK 64 million in a technologically advanced line for filling and packaging cans.

The investment in a technologically advanced line will fully satisfy the constant growth of market demand for canned beer in the Zagreb production plant, further increase the company's sustainability, the competitiveness of domestic production, and offer consumers new formats and multipacks of cans. It is part of the large investment cycle of Zagrebačka pivovara in the expansion of production and storage capacities with which the leading Croatian beer producer is celebrating its jubilee year and the 130th birthday of the company.

''As a market leader, we are celebrating our celebratory year with numerous gatherings with loyal consumers and large investments that will enable an increase in production capacity. The introduction of state-of-the-art technology will make it easier for us to protect the quality of the finished product, and enable us to increase the competitiveness of Zagrebačka pivovara on the FMCG market and within our Molson Coors Group. With the newly installed can line, we will fully meet the required filling capacities to meet the increased needs of the market. Congratulations to the team on the realization of this great project, but also on the 130th anniversary, we are taking great steps forward.", said Miroslav Holjevac, President of the Management Board of Zagrebačka pivovara.

The total investment of HRK 64 million relates to new equipment for filling and packing cans and construction work that was needed to adjust the production plant in Zagreb's Ilica 224 for the installation of a new line. Namely, due to limited space, the new line for cans is distributed on as many as four floors, which makes it unique in this production plant. The introduction of state-of-the-art technology with the new can filling line significantly reduces both energy consumption and the company's carbon footprint on the environment. Sustainable development is one of the priorities of Zagrebačka pivovara's business.

“We invested in the new can filling line last year and in the first half of this year, and we found a project partner in a long-standing and reliable partner, the German company Krones, one of the largest suppliers of packaging equipment in the process industry. In just two months, the teams of Zagrebačka pivovara and Krones have put together a lineup for its functional commissioning. It was demanding, but we are very proud of the result.", said Dubravko Tome, director of production and logistics operations of Zagrebačka pivovara.

Numerous distinguished guests gathered at yesterday's celebration of the 130th birthday of Zagreb Brewery and the presentation of the investment, including the Mayor of Zagreb Tomislav Tomašević, Deputy Mayor Danijela Dolenec, Canadian Ambassador Alan Bowman, Czech Ambassador Milan Hovorka, US Head of Mission in Croatia Mark Fleming and many others.

Mayor Tomislav Tomašević congratulated all the workers and the entire Management of Zagrebačka pivovara on the 130th anniversary of its existence. He especially praised investing in new investments in these challenging times. "I believe that this investment will not only increase production, but also provide new jobs, and the City of Zagreb will always be a partner in such investments.", said Mayor Tomasevic.

The entire investment cycle of Zagrebačka pivovara is planned for the next two years, followed by a major investment in the modernization of the line for filling returnable glass bottles, which will further increase productivity and diversify different bottle formats.

For more, check out our business section.


Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Iberia Croatia Flights Boosted from Madrid in July, Almost 20,000 Seats Available

June 15, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as Iberia Croatia flights will be boosted from Madrid next month, namely running from Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik airports. 

Spanish airline Iberia, a Oneworld alliance member, plans to increase the number of weekly flights between Madrid and Croatian airports in July, reports Croatian Aviation.

The Spanish national airline already operates regular routes from its main base in Madrid to Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb.

Between Zagreb and Madrid, Iberia plans three flights a week in July, every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, while in the last week of July the number of weekly operations will increase to five. The airline is still selling daily flights between Zagreb and Madrid in August, but there is a possibility that will change.

Sixteen return flights between the two cities have been announced for July, exclusively with A320 aircraft, so 4,928 seats will be available on this route next month.

The Madrid - Split - Madrid line is currently running three times a week, while four flights a week have been announced for July; on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, also with A320 aircraft.

Seventeen return flights were announced on this route in July, and 5,236 seats are currently available.

Dubrovnik and Madrid should be connected on a daily basis in July. Iberia is planning daily operations with A320 and A319 aircraft announced on the route, and a total of 9,528 seats are available on 31 return flights in July.

Between Madrid and the three mentioned Croatian airports, Iberia is offering almost 20,000 seats in July. In addition to point-to-point passengers, the line is used by a significant number of transfer passengers, primarily from North and South America, given that according to destinations on the mentioned continents Iberia Airlines has developed a quality network of routes.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.


Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Croatian Food Waste: How Much Do We Throw Away Each Year?

June the 15th, 2022 - When it comes to Croatian food waste, we throw away an alarming amount of perfectly decent items. A new EU initiative is set to change that.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, when it comes to Croatian food waste, every inhabitant threw away an average of 71 kilograms of food last year and 53 percent of food was thrown away from households, so reducing food waste will be the focus of the ''EU chooses safe food'' campaign by the Croatian Agriculture and Food Agency (HAPIH), as HRT reports.

"More than half of the total of Croatian food waste comes from households, and as much as 10 percent is the result of a lack of understanding of the expiration date on food. That's why it's necessary to continuously educate people and raise the level of awareness of our consumers,'' said the director of HAPIH, Darja Sokolic, before the start of the campaign that HAPIH is conducting together with the European Food Safety Agency.

More than a third of households (39 percent) never or rarely use leftover meals to prepare a new meal, and too much food bought and prepared, and then being too much to eat in one sitting, is cited as the most common reason for throwing away food.

Sokolic believes that people in Croatia are more interested in issues related to food safety compared to the EU average, which was contributed to by the high level of transparency and the frequent withdrawal of products from the market.

The head of the Food Safety Sector of the Ministry of Agriculture, Tomislav Kis, said that the EU legislation includes the highest standards of hygiene and food safety. The basic premise of the current legislation is self-control, Kis points out, which means that every manufacturer is responsible for controlling themselves because that reduces the risk to a minimum.

“We can make perfect food through the chain, but if some chicken stays in the kitchen for three days outside the refrigerator, there’s a chance it won’t be good. Everyone needs to do their part,'' said Kis at the panel discussion.

Last year, nine food-borne epidemics were recorded in Croatia with a total of 102 patients, among which the most common was salmonella poisoning, warned HAPIH in its statement.

Well-known chef Melkior Basic pointed out that globally speaking, most restaurants take care of food waste.

"Ingredients and food products are valuable items and it's a pity to throw away half of them due to carelessness and ignorance. Many foods, such as clear soup, can be frozen, and the food we cooked can be eaten again a day later,'' said Basic.

Across the European Union, 88 million tonnes of food worth a total of around 143 billion euros are thrown away every year. That's why the EU campaign for safe food is being implemented in nine other European Union countries: Austria, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Greece and Cyprus.

In addition to techniques that can reduce food waste to a minimum, people can learn more about the safety of new foods on the market, plant health, allergens, additives, packaging, dietary supplements and their overall health.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Rich Istrian Local Culture Luring Tourists, Driving Numbers Up

June the 15th, 2022 - Istrian local culture is doing very well in attracting tourists from all over the world, with traffic for the first five months of 2022 on the Istrian peninsula being excellent.

As Morski writes, larger Istrian towns and municipalities have been enjoying better results during these last five months than they did back during the same period in pre-pandemic 2019. Istrian local culture, which is abundant and very rich, from the Pula amphitheatre to the numerous small museums dotted throughout the county, is doing very well in drawing in the international crowds.

Statistics show that any tourist who comes to Istria for seven days visits the Euphrasian Basilica, the only Istrian monument under UNESCO protection, at least once. It attracts all generations and people from all walks of life.

''We liked it, it's interesting to get better acquainted with the history of this area, to see what they used to do and how they used to do it,'' said Sebastian and Filip from Germany.

Porec is also breaking records left, right and centre. In the first five months of 2022, they've enjoyed tourist results which are several percentage points better than the record year of 2019.

''June has started out very well, we're enjoying numbers which are as much as 20 percent higher than they were back in 2019, so we're going full speed into the peak of the tourist season,'' said Nenad Velenik, the director of the Porec Tourist Board.

The second pearl of Istria, gorgeous Rovinj, has enjoyed some even better numbers. The warmth which it somehow radiates, is a lure for tourists. The first eco-museum in the country is located in Rovinj and it has proved to be an unavoidable stop for visitors, even the most professional ones.

''Such museums are extremely important to tourism because they show what the tourism of the future should look like. They respect the rich legacy with the help of numerous technological innovations,'' emphasised Davide Gnola of the Maritime Museum of Cesenatico in Italy.

Come rain or shine, the imposing, ancient Pula Arena is always open to visitors, and recently it was additionally decorated with greenery. When it comes to Istrian local culture, few would fail to mention this astonishingly well-preserved Roman structure.

''Pula's monuments are some of the best preserved ancient monuments in the entire Mediterranean,'' stated Darko Komso, the director of the Archaeological Museum of Istria. Back during pre-pandemic years, it was visited by half a million tourists.

For more, check out our dedicated travel section.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Croatian Air Traffic Recovers Completely, Zagreb Airport in Lead

June the 15th, 2022 - Croatian air traffic has well and truly recovered from the enormous amount of damage done to it as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic and all of the lockdowns and measures against travel for leisure that were introduced across Europe and the world.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the fact that there was a complete recovery of Croatian air traffic after the global coronavirus pandemic has been very clearly shown by data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Their information shows that in April 2022, the total passenger traffic at Croatian airports amounted to 580 thousand people, which is 654 percent more than in April 2021, when the country realised a turnover of a mere 77 thousand passengers.

The largest amount of Croatian air traffic in terms of passengers was realised by Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman International Airport, with 254 thousand passengers (an increase of 375.8 percent when compared to April 2021, which saw the transportation of 53 thousand passengers), followed by Split Airport with 132 thousand passengers and an increase of 842.1 percent when compared to April of last year (14 thousand passengers).

Dubrovnik Airport had 117 thousand passengers, which is an enormous increase compared to only eight thousand passengers in April 2021. Dubrovnik is still primarily an air destination owing the need to cross the border in and back out of neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum when travelling by car. The placing into function of the long awaited Peljesac bridge will likely aid that.

The most significant amount of international Croatian air traffic was realised with German airports, which transported 141 thousand passengers into Croatia, which is an increase of 650.3 percent when compared to the same period back in 2021.

The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at all Croatian airports during April 2022 was 7,932, an increase of 126.7 percent when compared to April 2021, when the number of landings and take-offs stood at a mere 3,499.

The total cargo traffic at Croatian airports in April 2022 amounted to 728 tonnes, an encouraging increase of 14.5 percent when compared to April last year.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Croatian Company Nanobit Develops Game for Netflix Reality Dating Show

June the 15th, 2022 - The Croatian company Nanobit has been busy developing the game for the Netflix reality dating show, which will certainly put the international spotlight on this quite remarkable Croatian company.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marta Duic writes, the Croatian company Nanobit and the massive Netflix platform are jointly developing a mobile game for fans of the reality dating show ''Too Hot To Handle'', which will be shown on Netflix in 2023.

To speak more precisely, ''Too Hot to Handle'' is a lifestyle simulation game based on the popular Netflix series, it's a game developed by no less than the Croatian company Nanobit, and next year it will arrive on mobile platforms and will be available for play to Netflix users around the world.

Thanks to Nanobit's vast expertise with narrative games, players are provided with a unique experience and they can participate in the virtual season of Netflix's popular dating show.

“We will be presenting the game during Netflix’s virtual fan festival, Geeked Week. It's a game that will show the spirit of the TV series with exciting drama and events,'' explained Alan Sumina, the CEO of Nanobit.

There are an array of highly successful Croatian companies popping up left, right and centre, but some of them have really stood out from the crowd and we'd be more than correct in saying that the wildly successful Nanobit is one of them. The Croatian company Nanobit is the leading domestic studio for the development and publishing of mobile games. It is based in the City of Zagreb, it has 29 titles released, with 10 applications and 19 games and more than 220 million downloads to its name.

Since September 2020, it has been part of the large Swedish group, Stillfront. The fact that a Croatian-made game will be showcased on a platform as massive as Netflix will do wonders for not only the exposure of this particular enterprise, but for Croatia as a whole.

For more, make sure to check out Made in Croatia.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Marko Livaja Named Best HT First League Player, Luka Modrić Best Croatian Footballer Overall

June 15, 2022 - The Croatian Association 'Nogometni Sindikat' announced the awards for the past football season, in which the best HT First League player, coach, young player, and team of the season were voted on by First League players and coaches. The best Croatian footballer overall was again awarded to Croatia captain Luka Modrić. 

For the tenth time, Nogometni Sindikat organized the Football Trophy Award, in which the best players of the past season are chosen by the players and the professional staff of Croatian Football League clubs. Due to the epidemiological situation, no awards ceremony was organized this year, but the laureates were announced via social networks.

The best player of the HT First League for the 2021/2022 season, voted on by the players and coaches in the First League, is HNK Hajduk Split player Marko Livaja. Note that Livaja finished the season as the league's top scorer with 28 goals in 34 appearances, and added seven assists. With his fantastic performances, he led Hajduk to win the Croatian Cup, and in the never more tense ending to the season, Hajduk finished in second place.

The captain of the Croatia national team, Luka Modrić, was chosen as the best Croatian football player last season. At the age of 36, he was one of Real Madrid's biggest assets on the way to a new Champions League title (fifth overall) and the Spanish championship. This is Luka's jubilee tenth award in this selection. Ivan Perišić (Inter) and Marko Livaja (HNK Hajduk) were also in the running. 

The best young player is Lokomotiva winger Lukas Kacavenda. Stipe Biuk (HNK Hajduk) and Dion Drena Beljo (NK Istra 1961 / NK Osijek) were also in the running. The goalkeeper of the current champion Dinamo, Dominik Livaković, was chosen as the best goalkeeper in the HNL. He won this title last season as well.

The former Rijeka coach, Goran Tomić, was named the best coach. He led his team to the Cup final and fourth place in the Championship. Rijeka last season was characterized by attacking football, and a slight drop in form in the second half of the season kept them away from the title race. Valdas Dambrauskas (HNK Hajduk) and Silvijo Čabraja (NK Lokomotiva) were also in the running. 

The best 11 players of the HT First League were also announced: 

Goalkeeper: Dominik Livaković (GNK Dinamo Zagreb)

Defenders: Stefan Ristovski (GNK Dinamo Zagreb), Josip Sutalo (GNK Dinamo Zagreb), Josip Elez (HNK Hajduk Split), Petar Bockaj (NK Osijek / GNK Dinamo Zagreb)

Midfielders: Arijan Ademi (GNK Dinamo Zagreb), Filip Krovinovic (HNK Hajduk Split), Domagoj Pavicic (HNK Rijeka)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (HNK Rijeka), Mislav Orsic (GNK Dinamo Zagreb), Marko Livaja (HNK Hajduk Split).

Rujevica in Rijeka was declared the best stadium. 

ŽNK Split player Aida Hadžić was chosen as the best female footballer.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated sports section

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Over 300 Applications for Indo-Croatian Startup Challenge,13 Best Selected

June 15, 2022 - The Croatian Agency for Small Business, Innovation, and Investment (HAMAG-BICRO) organized an online event to announce the winners of the Indo-Croatian Startup Challenge, a competition for Croatian and Indian startup companies supported by Infobip, KONČAR, and HexGn.

More than 300 applications were received, among which the 13 best innovative solutions were selected. HAMAG-BICRO organized the competition to upgrade the initiative to connect with the Indian market and launch the India-Croatia Startup Bridge, a digital platform designed to strengthen the international cooperation and innovation environment and trade and economic cooperation between Croatia and India. The competition was organized in cooperation with Startup India, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of India in Croatia.


His Excellency Raj Kumar Srivastava, Ambassador of India to Croatia, praised the organization of the entire competition and said: "It is encouraging to see the successful completion of the first activity within six months of the startup bridge between India and Croatia. At the time of the startup bridge, I said it would allow Croatian startups to take advantage of the 3S speed, scale, and sensitivity that define the Indian ecosystem and strengthen cooperation within 3T; talent, technology, and trade between our two countries.

They also have great potential for building an Indo-Croatian innovation partnership for global solutions and the global good. Looking at the process and results of the first startup challenge in the last 50 days, I think our expectations have been exceeded. Congratulations to the winners because they literally won 1st place in the competition of as many as 100 entries on average." 


In the introductory part, the gathered participants from Croatia and India were greeted by Deepak Bagla, Director of Invest India, who praised the initiative and expressed satisfaction with the great response of participants who exceeded all expectations.

On behalf of HAMAG-BICRO, the organizer of the event, Mate Kovač, Director of the Sector for Support and Development of Entrepreneurship, Coordination, and International Cooperation, said: “I remember the first visit of His Excellency HAMAG-BICRO when we talked about connecting the Indian and Croatian market, and I must express my satisfaction that we managed to realize the agreed cooperation in such a short time. As a key government agency for small and medium enterprises, we have made efforts to implement this project because we see significant opportunities for Croatian startups in a market as large as India. Croatia can also be an entry point for Indian startups for the wider EU market."


On behalf of the companies that supported the competition, Lucija Reić from Infobip, the first Croatian unicorn, and Jappreet Sethi, CEO of Hexgn, addressed the participants. Iva Milašinčić, Head of the Entrepreneurship Development and Support Service, moderated the event.



As part of the Indo-Croatian startup challenge, startups from Croatia and India were invited to deliver innovative solutions in three challenges: Clean Water and Better Quality of Life, Reduced Inequality and Decent Work, and Economic Growth. Infobip awarded the first three best startup solutions in the form of Infobip products and services worth $10,000. KONČAR provided the best startup solution to the challenge of Decent Work and Economic Growth with a cash prize of HRK10,000.00 gross ($1,694), while Hexgn provided a free scale-up program worth $2,000 to each of the 12 successful participants. The total value of the prize pool is estimated at $43,000.00.

Best innovative solutions in the Indo-Croatian startup challenge:

Ciree Edutech Llp
Mindful Gurukul Private Limited
Drona Automations Private Limited
Talking Online Learning Solution Private Limited
Ame Artists Network Private Limited
Shevolve Innovations Private Limited
Vas Bros. Enterprises Private Limited
Thales Cleantech (Opc) Private Limited
Arms 4 Ai Private Limited
Reehdus Biotech
Country Clay

CiREE is an online EduTech platform for skills acquisition, training, retraining, and employment. Mindful Gurukul is a solution that combines the organization of hours of independent learning with modern technology and machine learning. E2O.GREEN is an intelligent consumer solution powered by AI, AR, EO, and IoT to enable golf course and urban green space management companies to manage assets, operations, and terrains effectively.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated business section.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Telemach Covers Almost All of Croatia with 5G Network

ZAGREB, 14 June 2022 - Telemach Croatia has covered almost all of Croatia with a 5G network and 100,000 households with a fast fixed fiber-optic network, approaching national coverage, to be completed by the end of 2022 or in early 2023 with the integration of Optima Telekom, Management Board President Adrian Ježina said on Tuesday.

Telemach has replaced and/or upgraded close to all of 1,200 base stations for the mobile network, and has so far covered Zagreb, Zadar, and Split with a 10-gigabit fiber-optic network, with Osijek to be covered soon as well, he said.

"We have achieved everything we planned in less than a year," he said, noting that this was possible owing to the support of the parent company United Group.

For more, check out our business section.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Ex-Petrinja Mayor Suspected of Favouring His Son's Companies

ZAGREB, 14 June 2022 - The former mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbović, is suspected of giving favourable treatment to companies connected with his son while he was mayor, his lawyer Dražen Ivanić confirmed to Hina on Tuesday.

USKOK anti-corruption investigators began searches of the houses, business premises and cars of Darinko and Darko Dumbović on Tuesday morning. They will be interviewed in Zagreb, and if USKOK requests custody for the suspects, that will be decided by a Zagreb County Court investigating judge.

The lawyer said Darinko Dumbović is suspected of helping his son win several business contracts from the Petrinja town administration. 

According to unofficial sources, among the companies that were given preferential treatment is Titan Commerce, established in April 2015, two years after Dumbović became mayor. Media have said that the company's revenue has increased by millions from year to year.

Dumbović served as mayor until June last year.

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