History

The beginnings of the company stem back to as early as 1959, when the Town Dairy was founded in Varazdin and supplied the town with fresh milk employing a workforce of only around fifteen people.
 

Company development 

On a yearly basis, the Town Dairy would buy up to 1,500,000 litres of milk from the surrounding villages of Varazdin and Čakovec. Today, that quantity of milk is collected in just two and a half days. The then inhabitants of ‘’Little Vienna’’ could enjoy the glass bottles of fresh milk delivered to their doorstep..
The Town Dairy hasn’t changed its location to this day, just spreading towards the roads, railway track and residential buildings. As early as 1961, the initial investments into the reconstruction of the dairy and the production expansion began, and so, apart from the dairy products, the assortment of juices were also introduced (bottled lemonade and cockta).
In 1965, Dragutin Drk becomes the executive manager of Vindija, and he has been successfully leading it to this day. The name Vindija was taken in 1970 and it derives from the nearby cave in Donja Voća in the vicinity of Varaždin, one of the oldest sites of the Early Man in the world. They are the inspiration of the traditional practice of cheese makers all over the world that use a cave as a natural ambiance for cheese ripening. The name Vindija was expertly chosen because it instantly makes an associative connection of the contemporary world known cheese maker with blue and white mold (which also ripens in a natural environment).
1977 will be remembered by the fact that Vindija was the first in the region to start packing milk in tetra brick packaging, of course, along with glass bottles. Also, the product brand ‘z bregov was first introduced and it has since achieved the status of a legendary brand.
The end of the seventies sees Vindija spreading within the then Yugoslavia. The new semi-hard cheese factory is opened and the extended location becomes home of a new production line which begins the production of tetra brick juices and the production of ready-made milk puddings. An important milestone in the development of the country is 1995, when the company took over Koka, Croatian’s largest producer of chickens, fresh chicken meat and processed chicken meat. Koka places their products on the market under the well-known brand name, Cekin. In the very same year, Latica, the largest bakery in Varaždin County, becomes a part of the Vindija business system. In 1997, they are joined by ViR 1898, Rijeka’s producer of processed cattle meat, and by the county dairy, Novi Domil in 2003. Later that year in Slavonski Brod, Vindon, the factory of fresh turkey meat and processed turkey meat was opened. By opening its own factory of cattle feed, BIOdar in 2006, Vindija finally makes its dairy and meat processing industry a unique production unit. Since 1993, the company’s strategic aid has been its expansion and development, and the most significant expansion happened in 1993 when Koka meat industry and Latica bakery joined the business system. Since then, Vindija has become a business system that encompasses multiple companies from the broad spectrum of the food industry. 

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