Serbian brandy distillery closes operation
Navip, the oldest Serbian plum brandy producer, has closed production at its distillery after 84 years.
Built in 1929, the distillery produced Serbian Slivovitz plum brandy such as Navip Slivovitz, Navip Slivovitz 8yo, Navip Slivovitz 5yo, Bardaklija, Beogradska Slivovitz and others, reported b92.net.
The distillery manager Miroljub Spasojevic was quoted by the website as saying that the distillery had to stop production of brandy even though it had contracts to export around 80,000 to 100,000 bottles.
In the last forty years, the distillery exported brandy to the rest of Europe, the US and Canada. The Zemun-based Navip's distillery exported 1.6 million bottles in the decade before economic sanctions were imposed against Serbia.
However, as the bankruptcy procedure was launched last year, it meant end to the production at the distillery.
Spasojevic stated that despite sufffering the latest setbacks, the distillery has plans, buyers and technology to overcome problems in order to start production again.