Europasta SE currently consists of the Litovel Division (pasta production capacity 60,000 t/year), and the Boršov nad Vltavou Division (wheat mill capacity 60,000 t/year and rye mill capacity 10,000 tons/year), with a subsidiary company active on the Slovak market, Ideál Slovakia s.r.o. Production covers all segments – egg, egg-free and semolina pasta (in short and long varieties, pressed and rolled).
Europasta SE is a brand manufacturer with the flagship brands Adriana pasta, Zátkovy těstoviny, Rosické těstoviny and Ideál (a brand intended mainly for the Slovak market).
A large part of Europasta’s business activities also consists of the production of pasta for private brands for rapidly growing retail chains in the Central European region. The company’s advantage is its central location in this region and the excellent availability of raw ingredients, including both flour made from hard wheat (semolina) and flour made from common (bread) wheat.
The company’s mill division in Boršov nad Vltavou is a source of raw material (flour from soft wheat) for making pasta. However, our mills also supply customers on the open market, particularly in the South Bohemian Region, which mainly concerns bakeries, and Europasta is an active supplier of flour in consumer packaging to the Czech market.
Following the most recent changes in shareholder structure in 2014, the company has three shareholders with identical stakes:
Ing. Pavel Hrdina
A Czech investor (originally financial) who entered the joint stock company, Bratři Zátkové a.s. in 2000 as a shareholder through the newly established company, Europasta B.V.. He has held the position of Chairman of the BoD and Managing Director of Europasta SE, responsible for the company’s strategic and operative management, since 2003.
Productos alimentícios Gallo S.L. (pastasgallo.es)
The company’s Spanish shareholder is a leading family-type pasta making company established in 1946 by Mr José Espona. The company was a pioneer in producing pasta from hard wheat on the Iberian Peninsula and its Pasats Gallo brand is currently one of the most highly respected food brands in Spain. Gallo is renowned for the high quality of its products, first-class manufacturing plants and high degree of innovation in the field of pasta. The company has been a shareholder of Europasta since 2010.
Produtos alimentares Cerealis S.A. (cerealis.pt)
The company’s Portuguese shareholder is the only industrial pasta manufacturer in Portugal with two manufacturing plants in Porto. This is a family company established by Mr José Alves de Amorim and Manuel Gonclaves. The families of both founders continue to control the company today. As well as making pasta, Cerealis is also a major mill, and a manufacturer of breakfast cereals and biscuits. The company has been a shareholder of Europasta since 2010.
Today’s Europasta SE continues the rich and varied history of its predecessors, following in the tradition of the Czech and partly Slovak pasta making industry. Two factories, which continue to operate today, are the most important and remarkable factors in the company’s history. The history of the Bratří Zátkové factory in Březí u Boršova nad Vltavou is certainly crucial to the company’s existence today. The legacy of the prominent South Bohemian Zátek family of entrepreneurs is a great responsibility for our company. Plus, the history of the factory in Litovel, formerly the limited liability company, Adriana – výrobce těstovin, s.r.o. is also remarkable.
THE FACTORY IN BORŠOV NAD VLTAVOU - BRATŘI ZÁTKOVÉ
The history of the Bratří Zátkové factory dates back to 1884, when brothers Vlastimil and Dobroslav Zátek launched the operation of the first Austro-Hungarian pasta manufactory in Boršov nad Vltavou. Initially, it was important to convince housewives, used to making their own pasta at home, that pasta made industrially was of at least the same quality.
Production expanded with the addition of new automatic machines from 1929 to 1939. As a result, Zátek pasta proved to have the greatest resistance to deterioration in quality in a tropical environment compared to its international competitors and could thus even be exported to far-away Malaysia.
The Germans confiscated all the property owned by the Zátek family during the Second World War. Food production was suspended and replaced by military production.
The company was nationalised in 1948 under the name “Mlýny a těstárny, s.p., závod 2 Březí” and integrated into a state enterprise, becoming the centre of the milling and pasta industry in South Bohemia. Despite the limited development of technical facilities, the company managed to maintain the quality of production, and the pasta manufactory remained among the best in the country until 1989.
The factory (former state enterprise) was returned to the Zátek family in 1991, under economic lease. The family, and management, acquired the company permanently by direct sale from 1 January 1994. This was when the factory underwent technological modernisation, and Italian computer-controlled, high-temperature lines for making short and long pasta were put into operation. As well as industrial investments, the company was also successful in reviving the traditional brands Zátkovy těstoviny (pasta) and Zátkova mouka (flour).
In 2000, the descendants of the Zátek family, and management, sold their shares to a new shareholder, Europasta B.V., which then continued its acquisition and the creation of a large Czech-Slovak pasta making group.
The story of the pasta manufactory in Litovel, the heart of the Hané Region, is very different and does not have such a long history.
Following the Velvet Revolution, the idea to establish new food manufacturing plants in the heart of this fertile region was born in the Červenka Agricultural Cooperative, to expand the cooperative’s activities. This was meant to include factories making pasta, parmesan and ham (Italian prosciutto). Because the time was right, two of these projects were successfully completed. Both these factories were actually established not under the name of the agricultural cooperative, but as private companies.
The parmesan factory, which adjoins the current pasta factory, is one of the biggest in the world.
The current pasta manufactory in Litovel was acquired by Europasta in 2003 as part of the resolution of its financial problems, which mainly stemmed from the collapse of the Russian market in 1998. With regard to the fact that this was the newest production plant in the Czech Republic, built on a green-field in an excellent location, it became the basis for establishing the biggest manufacturing plant in Central Europe to date.
The factory received extensive investments, particularly in 2009-2014, which increased its original capacity from 4 tons/hour (4 lines) to the current capacity of 14 tons/hour (5 production lines). Production from all the company’s other production plants was gradually transferred and concentrated at the production plant in Litovel.
Additional acquisitions that were crucial for the company included the purchase of Spojené těstárny CZ and Spojené cestovinárně SK (now Ideál Slovakia, s.r.o.) from Odkolek in 2006. These companies operated several production plants – the Prague plant in Vysočany, the Seliko plant in Olomouc and, most importantly, the plant in Bratislava. At the time of their purchase in 2006, only the production plant in Bratislava was in operation. However, its future was in the baking industry, so production was moved from there to Litovel.
Another pasta manufactory, Tero Rosice, s.r.o., in Rosice was purchased from Penam, a.s. in 2008.. The transaction took place through an exchange for Europasta’s bakery assets in České Budějovice (formerly Pekast, s.r.o.). Because the purchase included the Rosické těstoviny brand and manufacturing equipment, production was once again concentrated at the main production plant in Litovel.
Changes in the company’s overall structure culminated in 2010 with the merger of all companies in the group into one company, today’s Europasta SE. The merger and concentration of production, together with the arrival of internationally respected shareholders, converted Europasta into its current form of a modern production company with a high manufacturing capacity, prepared for the challenges of today’s rapidly developing market.
Management & shareholders
Ing. Pavel Hrdina
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ing. Václav Adam
Ing. Kateřina Václavíková
Quality Director of the Litovel Division
Ing. Roman Chudaš
Production Director of the Litovel Division
Ing. Jan Hejlek
Ing. Josef Maška
Director of the Boršov Division
Ing. Robert Tichý
Director of Sales and Marketing
The Europasta SE annual report summarises current information about the company, its net income in the previous accounting period, its business activities and expected future development.
Subsidy provider: Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Title of call: Corporate education of employees
Financing: ESF – Operation programme EMPLOYMENT
Duration: February2017 to February 2019
Project title: Europasta – corporate education
Project registration number: CZ.03.1.52/0.0/0.0/16_043/0004190
The project will enable the implementation of corporate education for employees of Europasta SE and for employees of Mlýn Kojetín, spol. s r.o. In order to identify the specific educational courses suitable for employees, the company performed an analysis of educational requirements. The project is chiefly targeted at expanding the work knowledge, skills and competence necessary for the high-quality performance of the work for the employers in question.
What problem does the project deal resolve?:
The project resolves the unsatisfactory level of employee knowledge, skills and competence and the inconsistency between the employees’ level of qualification and the employer’s requirements.
The goal of the project is to increase the level of employee knowledge and skills and thereby ensure the compliance of the employee qualifications and competence with the requirements placed on the executed work activities.
Number of people involved in the project (supported people): 143