Sustainable development

Environmental protection

During construction of the new factory, great attention was given to environmental protection and energy efficiency. Significant energy savings, with the reduced emission of gases and creation of hazardous waste was achieved in the manufacturing process. For example, the company uses CO2 in its freezing process instead of Freon, which is detrimental to the ozone, and toxic ammonium, which provides energy savings of up to 15%. Defrosting fish in only 15 minutes also provides additional energy savings.

The Introduction of the most advanced fishmeal and fish oil production lines has completed the fish processing cycle and enabled full utilization of fish entering the facility without creating potentially hazardous waste. The production line and heating of the entire facility is fueled by biomass (wood pellets and chips) with neutral CO2 emissions, which means there are virtually no hazardous effects on the environment.

The new factory is connected to the waste water system of the Ratac Industrial Zone, which is connected to the existing public sewage system of Postira and terminated in the central gravitational collector grid with a mechanical wastewater treatment plant, after which the effluent is discharged into the sea. To protect the environment, separators for technological and storm waters have been installed. They prevent contact between the environment and unpleasant odors. Separator capacity is greater than the maximum amount of wastewater that may appear during the technological process. The technological processes themselves are carried out in areas that prevent any uncontrolled contamination of the soil within the facility and its surrounding area. The floor structure in the facility prevents soil contamination by harmful substances, with special attention being given to maximum waterproofing of all surfaces to minimize the possibility of soil and ground water contamination. In addition, waste is being sorted in front of the facility and transported by an authorized utility company.

Quality control

In its business and manufacturing processes, Sardina follows the guidelines of the HACCP system of quality control and ISO (9001:2008) standard, which commit to the highest environmental and quality control standards. To ensure continuous compliance with those standards, the company has established a special organizational unit for quality control with a state of the art laboratory equipped to monitor all of the critical points of production in compliance with HACCP and ISO quality systems.

The products of Sardina Ltd. also have a Kosher, Halal, BRC and IFS Certificates.

Awards and recognitions

We in Sardina consider the continuing loyalty of our customers, who have recognized the quality of our products for many years, to be our highest award.

When it comes to official recognition, the most noticeable is the Golden Kuna Award from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of Split-Dalmatia County for the most successful medium-sized company in the county in 1999, 2000 and 2011. Repeatedly receiving this award in a period of 12 years demonstrates our continuous quality and long-term maintenance of successful business management at the highest level. In 2014, Sardina d.o.o. won the Golden Key Award as the most successful exporter to the Asia – Pacific markets in 2013.

Social responsibility

In addition to individual donations to social, athletic and charity events at the local level, Sardina Ltd. has for many years been an official sponsor of the football club Postira Sardi from Postira at the island of Brač (the same place where manufacturing facilities and headquarters of the company are located).