History

  • 15 September 1916, a founding conference was held in Zagreb, during which, with the approval of the current royal government, the FIRST CROATIAN OIL FACTORY (PRVA HRVATSKA TVORNICA ULJA) – a joint-stock company, was formed.
  • according to the establishment act, the purpose was: “to build an oil factory, exploit various oil crops and sell these products”

  • it started operation in 1917; in the summer of the same year, the first pumpkin and sunflower oil production was initialized at the 82 Palmotićeva Street address
  • a total of 800,000 liters of oil was produced during the same year
  • 1920 – the first plant in Palmotićeva Street became too small. The factory moved to Branimirova Street

  • 1924 – start of refined oil production
  • production capacity of 35 tons
  • it accounted for 55% of the total oil consumption in the country
  • refinery’s daily capacity was around 4 tons of edible oil in 24 hours
  • 1935 – automatic presses were built in, achieving a capacity of 35 tons of refined oil a day

  • 1946 – the name Prva hrvatska tvornica ulja d.d. (First Croatian Oil Factory joint-stock company) is erased and the company is registered under a new name, OIL FACTORY- CRVENA ZVIJEZDA, ZAGREB (TVORNICA ULJA – CRVENA ZVIJEZDA, ZAGREB)
  • From December 31, 1946 it was called OIL FACTORY, Zagreb (TVORNICA ULJA Zagreb), shortened TUZ
  • 1957 –56 acres of land was purchased on Žitnjak and a hydrating plant was built

  • 1952 –first significant research within the first factory laboratory for production control is conducted in the TVORNICA ULJA
  • delivery of materials to the press was also mechanized
  • dry-kiln for oil crops was built
  • the largest buying out of sunflower seed until that time (achieved only in 1962)

  • 1956 – with one production line, the first MARGARINE production was initialized and Zvijezda became the first margarine producer in the country
  • the market accepted the new products extremely quickly. It was widely used and it satisfied the consumers’ taste with its quality and appropriate packaging.

  • 1959 – the production of BILJNO MASLO (VEGETABLE BUTTER) (today known as vegetable ghee) and MAST (FAT) was initialized
  • it was one more product from the group of hard vegetable fat quickly accepted on the market as well, especially by the food industry (baking and confectionery industry)

  • history of one of the largest Croatian brands started back in 1959 with the first production of MAJONEZA (MAYONNAISE) (in a tube)
  • in the beginning, the composition was often altered with the objective of adjusting the quality and the type to market demands

  • 1965 – first mayonnaise in foil was produced
  • the local production went into full swing in the early 80's when a new line for continuous mayonnaise production started operation
  • the only mayonnaise producer in Croatia

  • since 1967, various types of margarine for industrial use (BV, LT, BB) were produced which was a novelty in the country
  • a new product in the baking industry, PEKOL additive, was launched on the market in 1970

  • 1981 – a new line for continuous mayonnaise production started operation
  • in the end of 1981 new types of margarine spread called “MARGO” were produced

  • 1984 – Zvijezda launched “GAMA”, a new type of margarine for cooking and frying in packages of 500 g

  • in the end of 1981 first vegetable and meat mayonnaise-based salads were introduced to the market
  • Zvijezda’s condiments, also mayonnaise-based products, were introduced to the market

  • in 1993 Zvijezda became part of the Agrokor concern and modernized and technologically perfected. With an increased distribution and developed advertising strategy it is one of the largest subjects of the Croatian economy

  • in 1995 The first Croatian oil factory d.d. (Prva hrvatska tvornica ulja d.d.) changes its name into the one it carries today – Zvijezda d.d.
  • with product quality, strength of product lines and organized distribution, Zvijezda has achieved world standards and reaffirmed its position on the market

  • in 2005 Omegol oil and margarine spread production was initialized
  • the first Zvijezda’s line of functional products which contribute to cardiovascular health and cholesterol reduction and which are intended for all those taking care of healthy nutrition and choosing a modern and healthy way of life; the first of its kind on the Croatian market; rich with omega-3 essential fatty acids

  • in 2006 Zvijezda d.d. celebrated its 90th anniversary, redesigning the logo and the Zvijezda brand products on that occasion
  • the values of the Zvijezda Company products are authenticity, excellence and recognizability; because of its own traditional recipes and high value ingredients, Zvijezda’s products are put in the category of highly trusted products by consumers who find it easy to be loyal to them