Pivka, 10 October (STA) - Delamaris, Slovenia's biggest fish products maker, completed its relocation from the coastal town of Izola to the village of Kal near the town of Pivka in the hinterland, as it opened a new EUR 6.4m plant on Friday.
The gradual relocation was completed some five years after poultry producer Pivka Perutninarstvo took over Delamaris and decided to move the plant to boost synergies in the food producers' canning production and in cutting overhead cost, Pivka said in a press release.
Sixty percent of the EUR 6.4m investment was financed with EU funds, while thest was covered by Delamaris, mostly through loans. The plant extends on a surface area of is 7,200 square metres and the production lines are mostly automated.
Delamaris sells most of its products in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. "The range of products is something special," CEO of Pivka Perutninarstvo Janez Rebec said at the inauguration of the factory, which was also attended by Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Dejan Židan.
"We are the only producer focusing mainly on the combination of mackerel and vegetables. Our products are being copied by companies near and far but we still have room to grow at home and abroad," Rebec said, adding that new products with great potential were being developed.
Delamaris is a "strong cornerstone" of the Pivka group, which has more than doubled its revenue in the past decade, said the press release, adding that the group expects to generate a revenue of almost EUR 50m this year.
The group employs nearly 490 workers, including the 92 Delamaris staff from the coast who now commute to work by bus organised by the employer.