The Šumi factory temporarily stopped the production of candies and chewing gums in Krško on January 1 due to cost-saving measures resulting from the high prices of energy products. Now the factory is cleaning and overhauling the machines, which is usually done in the summer.
Žit, which is owned by Croatian Podravka, confirmed for Siol that production employees benefit from overtime or annual leave during this time. According to the agreement, they also help at other Žito locations, which operate normally due to the nature of the products. Transportation to and from work was organized for the workers during work at other locations. According to Siola, production will be unofficially stopped until the end of March.
In 2008, the Šumi bonboni company moved the production of candies and chewing gums from Ljubljana to Krško. About 60 workers are employed there.
Žito, which sold the land in Ljubljana’s BTC to an entrepreneur last year To Ivo Boscarol, plans to concentrate the bakery production of Zito in Maribor, Vrhnika and Vič in Ljubljana. With this, they intend to increase productivity and profitability. 13.5 million euros will be invested this year in the automation of bread and pastry production lines in Maribor and the automation of bread production lines in Vič. In the next two years, they plan to invest an additional five million euros in production lines and robotization of molding work at Vrhnika.
In addition to bread, bakery pastries and frozen products of the Žito brand, Žito has in its portfolio rice, pasta and milling products Zlato polje, 1001 flowers teas, Maestro spices, Natura porridges and pulses, Šumi candies and chocolates and Gorenjka biscuits.