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Gyermelyi Zrt. is Hungary’s leading pasta producer, largest egg producer and a key player in the milling industry. It is also engaged in agricultural activities on 8,800 hectares of land.

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Our latest developments

The development of the pasta lifecycle continues in 2020. New packing lines are commissioned, bringing modern, resealable block bags to the market, and the high-bay warehouse storage system is modernised even further. Our feed plant significantly increases sales to a growing and satisfied partner base. In the milling segment, a 12,000-tonne wheat storage facility is built in preparation for further capacity expansion, as planning for the Mill #3 investment project is completed. Once the technological agreement is in place, the construction can commence.

The construction of the third milling plant increases the wheat milling capacity of Gyermelyi Zrt. to 800 tonnes per day, the highest in Hungary within one site. The investment project increases the company’s milling capacity by 90,000 tonnes per year, enabling it to meet growing commercial demand and continue its expansion. The construction of the mill is followed by a new investment project. Due to the increased use, the grain storage capacity has to be increased, and a modern system for loading and releasing an additional 40,000 tonnes of grain is installed.

In addition to the mill, egg production also undergoes a major expansion. Hungary’s largest laying hen-house is built in Máriahalom, with a capacity of 140,000 laying hens. With this investment, Gyermelyi Tojás Kft. has a capacity to keep 660,000 laying hens. The new facility meets the most stringent animal health standards. The system of feeding, watering, ventilation, manuring and egg collection is fully automated.


In continuous development

At the start of the decade, storage capacity is expanded with a new automated warehouse, bringing the total of pallet spaces to 10,000.

In 2012, the egg segment undergoes a complete technological overhaul and expansion. On the three egg farms, production is carried out in a state-of-the-art, hygienic production system that meets all animal welfare requirements. At this point, 140 million fresh eggs leave the farms for the factory and the shell egg market.

The new mill, inaugurated in 2013, is capable of grinding not only soft wheat but also durum wheat, bringing the production of the last important raw material for the pasta factory in-house. Crop production range is expanded by durum wheat seeds. In line with the increase in milling capacity, the raw material storage capacity is also expanded, with a modern storage facility for cleaning and storing nearly 100,000 tonnes of wheat built at the central site. In line with market demand, a new packing machine is commissioned in the flour packaging plant, enabling the company to quickly meet the growing number of customer orders.

In 2014, Gyermelyi eggs, flour and pasta products are marketed under a uniform, easily identifiable brand and in new packaging, strengthening the brand’s market presence.

In 2016, crop production is expanded with a modern agricultural centre to meet the long-term needs of the segment. The 7.2-hectare Somodorpuszta site, located in the centre of the cultivated areas, allows for the appropriate maintenance and professional storage of precision farming machinery. Staff working in the segment are relocated to one site, and centralisation also brings organisational benefits and efficiency gains.

Over the past 10 years, the Holding has spent more than HUF 20 billion on investment projects. 2017 represents a milestone, as the scale of investments in the calendar year exceeds HUF 10 billion. A high-capacity, modern feed factory is built as a basis for the future development of poultry farming, and a third high-bay warehouse with an additional 10,000 pallet spaces is built, where loading and unloading is carried out by self-propelled, automatic loading equipment. Construction also starts on a new pasta factory, doubling the available capacity.

In 2018, two plants start operation in Gyermely: a modern feed factory and a new pasta factory. The launch of the 60,000 tonnes/year feed factory enables the company to serve both its own livestock and external partners, further increasing the size of the segment. In September of the same year, Pasta Factory #2 is inaugurated. This increases pasta production capacity to 70,000 tonnes per year, which is more than the size of the entire Hungarian pasta market.


Technology developments

The capacity of the mill, rebuilt in 2001 and equipped with Bühler technology, increases to 300 tonnes per day, and is able to supply the pasta factory’s full demand for industrial flour. The market share of the mill also increases significantly. Thanks to the growth in capacity, from 2005 the segment also has an automatic bagging machine and a small-unit flour packer, and Gyermelyi flour also becomes available in consumer pack sizes.

In 2003, the integration expands, the seed grain plant is built and wheat growing partners use only Gyermelyi seed.

The new pasta factory is inaugurated in 2006. In three years, a state-of-the-art plant is built to meet the needs of the 21st century, incorporating the latest production lines and packaging technology, and equipped with a flour mixer to ensure ideal raw material supply and an automated high-bay warehouse.

In 2008, the replacement and unification of the crop cultivation machinery fleet begins, enabling the introduction of precision farming in the areas cultivated by the Holding.


The decade of transformation

At the time of the regime change, nothing is more important than keeping common material and spiritual values together. The cooperative is reorganised into a joint-stock company and its assets are specified. The founders of the “new” company are the actual owners – the people who had always considered themselves as owners and had always treated the company as such. The employees also have the opportunity to obtain company shares as part of their pay.

In 1992, a new feed plant is opened to serve poultry farming. By the turn of the millennium, the Holding is already farming 9,500 hectares through various acquisitions.


Industrial background expansion and mill construction

By the mid-1980s, the cooperative is already farming on the outskirts of four villages, and begins to expand its industrial background, taking advantage of the economic opportunities. It builds a mill to ensure a more consistent supply of raw materials for the pasta factory.

In 1989, the plant with a daily capacity of 120 tonnes is successfully commissioned, thus establishing a new industry.


Construction of a pasta factory

In 1970, the government passes a decision on building a pasta factory and starts looking for a location. Gyermely’s reputable cooperative undertakes the task and is granted the opportunity. Pasta production commences in 1971 in the form of a joint venture with the partnership of two trading companies and a professional investor. At the end of the seventies, the efforts yield good results and after two decades of prudent capital accumulation and economical financial management, the company can afford to undertake social welfare expenses as well. It supports the construction of family houses for its employees and the development of Gyermely and the surrounding villages.


Production of eggs for consumption

In the 1960s, a slow professionalisation of the production sub-units takes place. Land allocation, mechanisation, and the introduction of the use of fertilisers and pesticides lead to the increase in average cereal yields. In order to keep the balance of crops, the farmers start intensive animal breeding and the production of eggs for consumption.


Establishment of the cooperative

On 21 January 1953, twelve farmers from Gyermely, unable to cope with the burdens of individual farming, which had become untenable, and yielding to political pressure, found the Petőfi Cooperative.

After the 1956 Revolution and War of Independence, this initiative fails and the cooperative is dissolved. In 1959, however, yielding to the forced reparcelling, the cooperative is re-established with 120 members, and begins joint farming on 1,500 cadastral acres and in two ex-manor farms.

The members who join, having given up hope of individual farming for good, are consciously seeking to turn the economic advantages of large-scale farming to their advantage.
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