Who are the Trappists?
Banja Luka Brewery was founded in 1873 Founders of the brewery are the monks of the monastery Marija Zvijezda the Trappist order. The monastery is located near the brewery.
Trappists belong to the religious order who lives according to the rules of St. Benedict. Trappist order was first mentioned in 17th century by appearance of reformatory movement that began in the monastery Noter Dam de la Trape. They are named after the monastery and are widespread throughout the world. The characteristic of this order is that they remove from the church all that is superfluous, motto of the order is silence and work.
They are related to the obligation of silence, although not consecrated to silence.
The silence in their order is only in the time available for prayer. Between prayers theirs day shall be filled with work, since by their word, the devil resides in idleness. They are known in the whole world to have organized various forms of production and in its production they have engaged local residents. Wherever they came, they have organized the production of cheese, beer, cloth, and its products are sold in the local market. The order is known to have orphanages in monasteries in which they accepted the abandoned children, cared for them, taught them crafts, the story says that when adult children’s from their orphanage leave, they leave with the knowledge of one of the crafts and with tools necessary to begin the job itself, for which they learned.
History of the Banja Luka Brewery
Trappists came to Banja Luka in mid-19th century, buying land in Delibašino village, founded the monastery and began its work. The founder of the monastery and the mover of all activity, and thus the founder of the Banja Luka Brewery was monk Franc Pfaner.
Among the first jobs run brewing. The first production of which was test launched in 1873 which is taken and as the date of the Banja Luka Brewery.
At that time, they starting with the production of cheese (in days of biggest production they were producing up to 400 kg of cheese per day), production of macaroni, cloth, building the first hydro power plant, build a bridge over the river Vrbas.
In all these activities they have employed local people. Brewers in the beginning tried to produce malt alone, however the results were not satisfactory.
For many years the brewery itself produced sugar that is used in the brewing process. In the old hothouse (where the barley was sprouting) is now a new plant of ammonia compressor, and at the location of drying place for malt now are reservoirs for ammonia.
After the Second World War the brewery was nationalized and transferred to state ownership. Of all the jobs that they were doing, today remains only the beer.
"Banja Luka Brewery'' in 1975 entered in to composition of agro-industrial complexes `Bosanska Krajina`, until 1989 when by resignation became an independent company.
During the 1991 were changed ownership structure and 'Banja Luka Brewery is registered as a joint stock company with mixed ownership, where one part of the capital remained in social ownership, and the second part of capital by selling shares of internal employees, became shareholders. Later, on the basis of legislation, the capital in social ownership becomes the state-owned capital. At the same time Banja Luka brewery was named as company of interest to the Republika Srpska.
Early 2003 there was a transfer of state capital in to shareholders capital of Banja Luka Brewery, by which it became a joint stock company.
In late 2004 are completed investments in modernization and expansion of production facilities, bringing the production capacity raised to 1 million hectoliters of beer annually.
Banja Luka Brewery was one small Brewery which initially served only the needs of the monastery, and has grown into a large and modern brewery whose production capacity is sufficient to supply the entire market of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In order to meet the needs of consumers and the overall modernization of business and market access, we are trying to be in step with the world's producers of beer, with the quality and appearance of the packaging. Frequent changes of form and method of packaging is happening because the market demands are changing very often.
Banja Luka Brewery does all that worthy of praise for their consumers primarily through the use of only the finest raw materials. That means German hops and malt and crystal clear waters of Banja Luka.
- We have been working hard to offer the best quality of our products to our consumers, and judging by the reactions of people, everything indicates that we succeeded.
In 2009 Banja Luka Brewery has invested in purchasing equipment for the packaging of beer in a modern and convenient packaging. Now we use the branded film, unlike the current carton packaging.
In addition, we have expanded our assortment with a 0.5L irreversible bottle, and thus enable our customers to enjoy the Nectar beer, while at the same time do not have to think about the return of bottles.
Beer lovers now can buy the branded foil packaging - 12 / 0.5L bottle (non-returnable bottles) and 24 pieces of 0.33L. In addition to a modern look, a new way of packaging in branded foil, all the production materials we purchase from local market, which is another way to help develop the local economy.
Banja Luka Brewery today
Banjalučka Pivara, the only domestic brewery in the Republic of Srpska, has a long-term commitment to strengthen domestic production, but also to monitor and meet our consumers' and customers' demands. The highest quality standards that we fulfill in every step of beer production, supreme quality raw materials that we use and the most modern technologies of production and filling of beer all put Banjalučka Pivara amongst the most modern breweries in the region.
The year of 2012 was a significant year for us. We launched a new look of our favorite domestic beer and we replaced ten million of Nektar bottles, by which we have completed the three years’ work on modernization of Banjalučka Pivara, also, we have made the first huge step towards profitable business, which is characterized by our being more turned towards our consumers and their desires. Our efforts, investments and dedicated work have been recognized by our loyal consumers as well as new fans of Nektar beer, whose number has been on the increase. By investing huge efforts and great dedication of all the employees of Banjalučka Pivara, and thanks to enormous dedication to the company in 2013, we have managed to reach our long-term goal, set three years ago – moving over the threshold of beer sales of 400,000 hectoliters, which we are very proud of. This success of Banjalučka Pivara is shared with our consumers, who recognize the efforts of our team and quality of our beer, as well as with all our customers, suppliers and shareholders of the only domestic brewery in the Republic of Srpska.
Banjalučka Pivara has, during 2014, continued with large investments, efficient management of energy consumption and modernization of production, as well as introduction of new products, listening to the needs and desires of their consumers. Management of Banjalučka Pivara has recognized constant investment and constant improvement of the organization of work and production process, as the most efficient way to sustain and grow on the market, shared with large multinationals, whose resources are incomparably higher compared to the only domestic brewery in the Republic of Srpska. Banjalučka Pivara has started filling the most famous domestic brand of Nektar beer, as well as its youngest brand Kastel beer into cans in its production facilities. We have invested four millions KM into our completely new canning line and line for filling of beer into plastic packaging, above all, thanks to a significant increase of sale of Nektar beer in cans in the last few years, however, also, thanks to the policy of Banjalučka Pivara, which has been dedicated, in the long run, to future success of domestic brewing industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Banjalučka Pivara now goes hand in hand with the largest regional breweries, thereby confirming the place of an absolute leader amongst the domestic breweries in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This investment will provide to Banjalučka Pivara to be competitive on a fast-growing market of non-returnable packaging in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also to be more turned towards export in the future. At this point, Nektar beer may be found in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Croatia and Serbia.
The protection of domestic production
Beer has always been the most popular alcoholic drink among most of the population in these areas. The difference between then and now is the fact that the local beer was once a favorite beer of the population, while today the situation is completely different. Foreign beers have taken a leadership position. Despite the fact that the local brewery has the capacity to meet the needs of the population, the lack of systems to protect domestic producers, foreign beer continues to be most consumed beer. In order to change this situation we cannot rely solely on the BiH authorities.
BIH is special in that it has the highest percentage of imported beers in Europe, which is somewhere around 60%. Most of the beers come from neighboring countries, which themselves are importing only three to five percent of its consumption, so we have a very unbalanced trade relations. For different reasons, and the most important one is that we have a trade policy, it is extremely difficult to import. Such situation last for almost five, six years. We are in a very disadvantaged situation and we want the government to take the initiative to support local producers. Finally, if you do not have domestic production, you have no job, and consequently no contributions and taxes, you just do not have the functional economy. I think this attitude needs to change, both from government and from consumers. The point is that a consumer should consume domestic products, as this will help the local economy. If we help ourselves it will be better for everybody, but a very small number of consumers see that. It is important to mention, that consuming imported products means lost money for the local economy.