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BIP Brewery

2019-07-14 10:09:03

Coordinates: 44°47′47″N 20°27′01″E / 44.7964°N 20.4502°E / 44.7964; 20.4502

Beogradska industrija piva
Native name
Београдска индустрија пива
Joint-stock company
FateBankruptcy procedure
Founded21 October 1998; 20 years ago (1998-10-21) (Current form)
1839; 180 years ago (1839) (Historical)
Bulevar Vojvode Putnika 5, Belgrade
Key people
Miroljub Cicmil (Trustee)
ProductsBeers, soft drinks, vinegar and yeast
RevenueDecrease €2.27 million (2017)[1]
Net income
Decrease €0.38 million (2017)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €22.64 million (2017)[2]
Total equityIncrease €5.43 million (2017)[2]
OwnerPrivatization Agency (51.9%)
Others (48.1%)
Number of employees
0 (2016)
Footnotes / references
Business ID: 07013710
Tax ID: 100000856

Beogradska industrija piva (abbr. BIP; full legal name: Beogradska industrija piva, slada i bezalkoholnih pića a.d. Beograd) is a Serbian brewery, which declared bankruptcy in September 2015. It has a headquarters in Belgrade, Serbia.

In addition to a range of beers, the brewery produces soft drinks, vinegar, and yeast.[4]


  • 1 History
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The old Great Beer Hall in Belgrade.

The brewery was founded in 1839, although it operates under current name Beogradska industrija Piva since January 1963.[5] BIP's 1839 predecessor was founded by the Czech miller expert Johan Weinhappl from Sremska Mitrovica. It was a manufacture for cooking of the "barley juice". The brewery complex in the neighborhood of Mostar, part of Senjak, was completed in 1880. Owner of the factory, until his death in 1937, was industrialist Đorđe Vajfert. The brewery was then inherited by his nephew Fernand Gamberg. The factory was damaged in both World Wars. After the Communist takeover in 1945, it was nationalized and repaired as the "7th of July" factory. On 23 January 1963, it merged into the Belgrade Beer Industry (BIP), together with the "Brewery Belgrade" (former "Bajloni Brewery" in Skadarlija) and "Bezalko" company.[6]

The malting section became operational in 1965 and was the only brewery in Serbia which produced malt. "Golden age" of the brewery were the 1970s. By the mid of the decade, the factory was brewing 1.5 million hectoliters per year, covering over one quarter of the market in the entire Yugoslavia. It was invested into the most modern equipment, including the Siemens control board which at that time only existed in NASA. After the collapse of the federal state in the early 1990s, the situation in the company worsened. It was especially hit after the major fire in the factory in 1997. Public bidding for the sale of the company in 2004 failed.[6]

In another attempt, in July 2007, the factory was sold to the Swedish-Lithuanian consortium. The consortium consisted of "United Nordic Beverages AB" and Alita for €26.5 million,[7] for the 52% of the factory.[6] In February 2010, the privatization was terminated, due to non-fulfillment of investment obligations.[8] They clauses included not investing the additional €5.1 million, not buying off the rest of the shares and not paying the taxes. The consortium also administered the properties contrary to the contract: they sold the offshoot factories in the neighborhood of Krnjača and the town of Čačak and even pawned the company's brand for a credit of €1.1 million, without consulting the administrative board.[6] In October 2012, Privatization Agency of Serbia announced that it had won the case against the former owners, meaning they will have to pay €17 million in the name of compensation.[9]

The malting section was repaired and became operational again. In 2014, the products of the factory were beer (80%), kvass (10%(, soft drinks (5%) and vinegar (5%).[6] Still, the brewery entered the bankruptcy proceedings in September 2015,[10] and officially went bankrupt in the early 2016.[11]

In April 2017, Macedonian investor leased brewery for the annual price of 900,000 euros.[12] Svetozar Janevski, owner of the "M6 EDEN SRB" company which leased the factory, and who also owns the Tikveš vinery and the Skopsko beer brewery (both in North Macedonia), announced that the old brewery will be operational for the next 2-3 years, until the new brewery is built on another location. He announced negotiations with the government to reach an agreement on the new location. New investor claimed that he is not interested in just taking the highly valuable land on an excellent location, but that he wanted to revitalize the beer production. However, in the early 2019 city announced new urban regulatory plan for the area where the brewery is, envisioning the conversion of the land from "economic" to "commercial". On 1 July 2019, Janevski broke the lease, claiming the "concept" of BIP has no future. In 2017, the brewery had a total loss of 51,5 million dinars (€435.000). Ministry of Economy stated that the brewery will not be shut down, instead, the state will make a public offer for a new lease.[11]

See also

  • Beer in Serbia


  1. ^ a b "БИЛАНС УСПЕХА (2017) - BIP Brewery". (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "БИЛАНС СТАЊА (2017) - BIP Brewery". (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Основни подаци о привредном друштву". (in Serbian). Serbian Business Registers Agency. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Beogradska Industrija Piva, Slada i Bezalkoholnih Pica A.D. - U Restruktu , Brewing, Serbia". Seenews. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  5. ^ "O nama". (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 23 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e Nikola Belić (19 April 2014), "BIP toči pivo i bez državne pomoći" [BIP pours the beer even without state help], Politika (in Serbian)
  7. ^ "BIP prodat za 26,5 mil EUR švedsko-litvanskom konzorcijumu". (in Serbian). Tanjug. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Raskinut ugovor o prodaji BIP-a". (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Srbija dobila spor protiv kupca BIP-a". Beta. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  10. ^ Bulatović, S. (2 September 2015). "BIP ode u stečaj". (in Serbian). Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b Jovana Rabrenović (6 July 2019). Македонски закупац напустио БИП, тражи се нови [Macedonian leaseholder left BIP, new one is being looked for]. Politika (in Serbian). p. 10.
  12. ^ "Makedonski biznismen zakupio BIP, gradi novu pivaru". (in Serbian). Beta. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • History of BiP