The traditional meeting between Victoria Logistic and its business partners regarding the upcoming sunflower and soybean purchase took place on August 19 in Novi Sad. Around 150 partners attended the meeting and they were addressed by Nikola Vujačić, Victoria Group Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director; Mladen Jovanović, Victoria Logistic General Manager; Goran Borčak, Victoria Logistic Commercial Director; Dragoljub Milinković, Front Office Director, and Natalija Kurjak, Victoria Logistic Marketing Director.
On August 17, Victoria Logistic organized the first Sunflower field day in Banatsko Novo Selo in association with the cooperative Agromilenijum from Banatsko Novo Selo. The event was attended by around 160 agricultural producers who collaborate with Agromilenijum, the cooperative that has begun the purchase of sunflower at their purchase locations.
The Supervisory Board of Victoria Group has appointed Ivica Smolic the new Chief Executive Officer of the Group.
With more than 20 years of professional experience in the Serbian banking market, Smolic was the Chairman of the Executive Board of Komercijalna Banka for 11 years, General Manager of Srpska regionalna banka in the period between 2001 and 2004, and professionaly engaged in Investbanka, Somborska banka and Vojvodjanska banka as well.
Excellent sales results that Victoria Group is achieving on foreign markets are confirmed by its placement among top 15 Serbian exporters. The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia has published this list for the period January – June 2016, according to the Customs Administration data. Victoria Group took the eleventh position with the export value of €73.4 million in the first six months of this year.
Wheat harvesting is coming to a close. This year, wheat has been sown on an area of 600,000 hectares, and this year's yield will amount to three million tons, which is 20% more compared to last year. Many producers in Vojvodina have achieved above-average yields – from six to eight tons per hectare.
After last year’s 41% increase in revenue from sales and an increase of EUR 10.8 million in exports, Victoriaoil continues conquering new markets and expanding in countries where it has been operating for years. This year, the oil refinery which is a part of the Victoria Group made a breakthrough into the Chinese market, where the first placements of edible sunflower oil and raw soybean oil were made.
The 57th Conference on the Production and Processing of Oilseeds themed “Innovations for a better world” was held from June 19 to 24, in Herceg Novi. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Technology of the University of Novi Sad, the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad, the Industrial crops business association, and the oil industry's Council of technologists, with the traditional participation of 4 member companies of Victoria Group: Victoria Logistic, Victoriaoil, Sojaprotein, and SP Laboratorija.
Sojaprotein, one of the largest European processors of non-GMO soybean, today exports its products to 53 countries worldwide. With just over 30 European countries that make up the central market of the Company, which operates within Victoria Group, the market has expanded to the Middle East and Northern Africa in the past year, with exports going to the Far East, and even to Mexico. Regular shipments now go to Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Asian and African countries.
Two member companies of Victoria Group – Victoria Logistic and the Port of Bačka Palanka – have prepared a new service in a joint offer: the AgroPort logistics centre. This is a complete package of services that now includes in one place, in Bačka Palanka, warehousing, packaging and port services for commercial goods and chemical fertiliser. The AgroPort logistics centre is designed to improve the operations of partners, but also all agribusiness companies whose operational priorities are quality, safety and efficiency.
The Supervisory Board of Victoria Group has appointed Vladimir Čupić as the new Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the company. Čupić comes to this company from the Atlantic Group, where he held the position of the Director at the Representative Office for Serbia. He gained his extensive experience in the banking sector in AIK Bank and Hypo Alpe Adria Bank, which he led for 12 years as a General Manager.