11 Million Kuna Invested into Vukovar Micro-Brewery So Far

Lauren Simmonds

With the very handsome investment from the ”K Pivovari” company, an additional 850,000 kuna has increased the capacity of micro-brewery in Vukovar from 5000 to 6500 hectolitres per year.

As Darko Bicak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 23rd of July, 2019, the K Pivovari (brewery) company, owned by the Zagreb brewery (pivovara), has invested am massive 850,000 kuna in new equipment for the Vukovar brewery production plant located in Vukovar’s economic zone, which will further increase the production capacities of these micro-plants.

As they explained, there are four additional fermenters, three of which have a volume of 33 hectolitres and one of 20 hectolitres, and a cylinder tank with a 33 hectolitre capacity. In addition, the K Pivovari company has invested in new labels and more. The production capacity of this micro-brewery amounted to 5000 hectolitres per year, and with this new investment, it has been increased to 6500 hectolitres per year.

As explained by Mario Duvnjak, K-Pivovari’s managing director, the production facility of Vukovar’s brewery was opened in August last year in the BIC-Vukovar business-innovation centre’s area.

“Zagreb Brewery invested 11 million kuna through it’s daughter company K Pivovari, prompting further investments in Vukovar and in Vukovar-Srijem County. After the opening of the production plant, our investments haven’t stopped. We’ve been thinking about the further modernisation of production, especially in the direction of increasing production capacities and we’re extremely happy that we finally realised it. With this investment, we want to give this beer the place on the market that it deserves,” Duvnjak said.

“We’ve recognised the potential of this beer and we want to give it the place on the market it deserves. This beer is produced according to the original recipe, which is a light, unpasteurised and filtered beer that was among the first in Croatia to be presented as a small-production beer when sold in smaller bars and shops, for the time being, it’s intended solely for the Croatian market, from Vukovar, Zagreb, and even to Dubrovnik, but with the potential to expand beyond the borders of Croatia,” Duvnjak pointed out.

He added that the national presence on the market was made possible thanks to the Vukovar beer’s special sterile filtration, whereby the Vukovar beer bottle’s life span has now been extended to 120 days, unlike the current 90 days. They are currently producing only a light version of the beer, but in the future it is certainly planning to experiment with the new flavours. From Vukovar’s micro-brrewry, they say that, in addition to the better positioning of this beer on the market, they’re also oriented towards participation in the development of the local community with which they have very positive and completely open cooperation.

”Vukovar’s beer was declared the best Croatian beer in 2010. It has 4.5 percent alcohol,” concluded Mario Duvnjak from K Pivovari.

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