The Company

 1992

 

Year of foundation. In August 10, 1992 the company Spilva was started and the brand Spilva was created.

At first Spilva was a small cannery workshop that was used as a training ground for students aspiring to become technologists. There were two production lines at the workshop: the 1st line was producing juices and drinks (in 3 liters jars); the 2nd line was producing horseradishes.

During the first operational year, Spilva's volume and production capacity placed it in some 100th place in the industry.

 

 1993

The first barter transaction helped Spilva acquire its first vehicle. Due to the barter with a tractor plant in Minsk (Belarus), Spilva's canned food products were exchanged for a tractor. This was the first vehicle Spilva used to bring its products to the city center.

 

 1994

The first major breakthrough came – Spilva got ahead of other companies of the industry.

At that time all Latvian companies were using tomato pasta produced in the former Soviet republics to produce tomato sauce. Spilva, however, with Finland's assistance purchased quality tomato pasta from Israel and it was the first time the consumers in Latvia could taste real tomato sauce with quality flavor in modern sense for the first time. Today this may seem ridiculous but at that time Spilva tomato sauce was kind of a currency that distributors exchanged for other goods.

That was the year Spilva launched its first ketchup production line.

 

 1996

Spilva started to produce jams; Latvian sweets producers – Staburadze, Laima and Uzvara – became Spilva customers.

First screw top jars were introduced. Spilva began to export its products to Russia and Lithuania.

 

 1997

Spilva started to produce mayonnaise and dressings. In order to produce mayonnaise a specialized mayonnaise production equipment Koruma was purchased.

According to data provided by LTVC (Agricultural Market Promotion center), there were only 10 – 12 vegetable processing companies in Latvia that were working on a permanent basis, and 20 companies working in high season. Spilva was one of the companies that kept working and developing.

 

 1998

Financial crisis in Russia! Spilva lost a tremendous amount of money for those days – 50 000 lats.

 

 1999

Spilva invested 130 000 lats in development – infrastructure was upgraded, a new electric substation was introduced, gas supply was installed, and a boiler house was built. In cooperation with Babite rural municipality Spilva started the construction of pressure main to discharge the waste water. 

 

 2000

Spilva started to produce penny bun mayonnaise and Spilva desserts.

 

 2001

Spilva invested about 2 million lats into development to upgrade the production units and to build a new warehouse and an office building. In order to make such ample investments possible, Spilva received its first loan from a bank for 7 years (the amount of the credit was 1.5 million lats).

 

 2002

Spilva celebrated its 10th anniversary with a record of "the largest rasols salad" that was registered in the Guinness book of world records. The largest rasols salad was made on September 1; it weighed 3277 kilograms and was consumed in an instant.
Spilva received SAPARD co-financing to purchase Stefan and Kronen technological equipment.

Spilva introduced HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) which is a food safety system that is based on the analysis of potential risks and critical points that might possibly be hazardous to people. Then strict measures are developed to monitor these critical points. 

 

 2004

The second SAPARD co-financing Spilva received was invested to improve the drinking water treatment.

In July the Norwegian company Orkla became the owner of Spilva.

 

 2008

Spilva was ranked 7th place on the list of the Top Reputation Latvian Companies. That is a major breakthrough and so far the greatest achievement of Spilva in the Top list. In 2007 Spilva ranked 15th but in 2006 it ranked 10th. Spilva ranked 6th in the competition between 150 companies in the nomination "The Greenest Company in 2008" of the Top Reputation Latvian Companies.  

The new production block of Spilva was built; its total area was 3000 square meters and about 3 million lats were invested in its development. The new production block housed equipment to produce mayonnaise, new prepackaging lines for jams, vegetables pretreatment workshop and other rooms that were specifically designed for production needs. 

 

 2009

On July 1 Spilva opened its new Logistics center. Spilva invested a total of 2.5 million lats to set up the Logistics center which was a logical continuation of Spilva's strategic development. One of the main arguments in favor of building the Logistics center was the need to improve logistics and cut the costs of renting premises for storage, as well as to make it possible to store seasonal goods and new sets of products. 4000 square meters of the new premises are allotted for storage but additional 700 square meters accommodate a large dry cooler with modern cooling supply, extensive zones of collection, and eight loading ramps for large size trucks.

Spilva purchased and started to develop the brand of food additives, spices, and teas Latplanta. Spilva entered the Latvian market of juices with 6 new products.

 

Spilva catalogue

Contacts

1 Zvaigznu, Spilve,
Babite parish, Latvia, LV-2101

Phone number: (+371) 67063000
Fax: (+371) 67063005

Order:
Phone number:
(+ 371) 67063011,  67063015

Spilva shop: (+371) 29167952

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