The beginning of the construction of regional hydro-systems, which should considerably increase the amount of irrigated areas in Serbia, in mid-August took the ninth place
on our list. The projects are financed from the loan from the UAE (the so-called Abu Dhabi fund) of around USD 100 million. These are dual-purpose systems Jankov Most (Zrenjanin), Itebej and Medja (Zitiste) and Recej (Kula), and the opening of another five construction sites in Vojvodina is expected as well.
The agreement with the UAE envisages the financing of a total of 14 projects of irrigation systems. Along with 11systems in Vojvodina, three systems are planned for central Serbia – Macva CSN6 regional system, Parmenac-Cacak hydro-system and Pancevacki Rit.
The Loznica-based confectionery factory Nelli
, which opened a new facility, worth EUR 3 million, in June, placed among the top 10
. With this investment, the factory employed 50 people and increased the production by 80%, and the range of products was expanded to include 40 new chocolate brands of various tastes and sizes. Furthermore, the company is penetrating new markets as well. The export to Belarus and Armenia has been contracted, and the company has also announced the construction of a distribution center.
The company Darkom from Rumenka near Novi Sad, which bought land for the construction of a collection and cooling center for agricultural products in Northwest Work Zone Sabac
, placed eleventh
. Darkom deals in wholesale trade of fruit and vegetables and has units in Sabac, Subotica, Vrbas, Belgrade and Sombor. The company has confirmed for our portal that they are planning to raise a collection center of the land of 15,000 m2.
In October, in the village of Sutjeska, near Secanj, the Friglo company opened
and took the twelfth spot
on our list. This facility is equipped with the latest-generation technology for the processing and freezing of food, and the factory operates as part of the Agricultural-Fishery Cooperative Sveti Nikola, owned by two Belgrade-based companies, Neimar V and Kemoimpex.
Ferrero Rocher remained interested in additional land in Serbia in which to establish hazelnut plantations for the needs of its confectionery production in 2017 as well. It placed thirteenth
on our list, and the Italian company also presented measures of support to production of hazelnuts in Zrenjanin, thereby practically continuing to seek partners for the production of hazelnuts in Banat
BIP Belgrade Brewery, which finally found a lessee in 2017 after five unsuccessful attempts at a sale, placed fourteenth
. The company in question is the Serbia-based M-6 Eden of the Macedonian businessman Svetozar Janevski, which will pay EUR 76,000 a month for the lease of BIP. The production of the BIP beer brand, once renowned in the country and the region, was re-launched in July
, and the export to the markets of the region has been announced as well.
The fifteenth spot
belongs to the investment of the Kovacevic Winery, which plans to build a new wine cellar on 7,000 m2
. They will invest more than EUR 5 million in the development of tourism and winemaking. The owner, Miroslav Kovacevic, told eKapija that the construction of the new facility might start in 2018, and the expected value of the investment is between 5 and 10 million euros. In mid-June 2017, the Kovacevic Winery received the Blic Entrepreneur of 2016 Award.