The year behind us was marked by big acquisitions and investments in perfecting technology and knowledge in the field of agriculture and food industry. There's more and more talk about the need for digitization and innovations in this field, and producers have recognized this as well.
In addition to following the trends, “big players” are also trying to get a secure position in the market, which has led to transfers that have drawn the widest attention, from the economy to end-users. The investments announced for this year, as well as the commencement of various facilities, announce an interesting period ahead of us.
We highlight the ten articles which attracted the most attention.Barry Callebaut chocolate factory and research center
The Barry Callebaut chocolate factory and research center from Novi Sad are first on our list. The opening of the factory was announced on April 18, when the company signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the City of Novi Sad.
It was announced at the time that this state-of-the-art facility would be located in Novi Sad and that the plan was for it to have a production capacity of over 50,000 tons a year. The total investment over a five-year period should reach the amount of EUR 50 million.
The factory is expected to start working in 2021.
These factories are also present in China, Russia, throughout the USA, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey, among other places, and the facility in Novi Sad is the their first in southeast Europe.Knjaz Milos – acquisition and new investments
Karlovarske Mineralni Vody (KMV), the largest distributor of non-alcoholic drinks in Central Europe, and PepsiCo, a global producer of food and drinks, agreed a joint investment in June
, more precisely, the purchase of 100% of the Serbian company Knjaz Milos.
This news placed second, as Knjaz Milos, with the seat in Arandjelovac, has more than 200 years of history behind it and is one of the largest producers of mineral water, non-alcoholic and energy drinks in Serbia.
The company Mattoni 1873, through its daughter-company KMV, and PepsiCo Inc, through its company Frito-Lay trading Company (Europe), finalized the acquisition of 100% of Knjaz Milos in August 2019 through a joint investment.BioSense Digital Farm in Sumadija
The third spot belongs to BioSense. The knowledge of BioSense's team in the fields of agronomy and meteorology, as well as in machine learning, enabled them to win third prize at the prestigious “Crop Challenge” contest for the implementation of artificial intelligence in agriculture
They used the parameters they knew had an impact on the yield – the number of consecutive tropical days in July, the number of days without precipitation, the total amount of precipitation in various phases of the development of maize and others. They then linked these parameters with the yield, thanks to machine learning, and easily detected the hybrids resistant to drought and high temperatures.
Also, the Digital Farm moved from Vojvodina to Sumadija, where the focus is on fruit growing.Nectar organic apple plantation Vladicin Han
Nectar's organic apple plantations in Vladicin Han placed fourth. In July, this company opened the largest organic apple plantation in Serbia
on a total of 114 hectares.
– We expect the yield in the first year to amount to 500 tons of the best organic apple varieties. A total of EUR 200,000 was invested in the equipment and the seed material, and EUR 500,000 will be invested over the next four years – the company said.