"Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative was registered at Pleven District Court by Decision № 3126 of 08.12.1993, in compliance with the Cooperatives Act. The initial number of the cooperators was 36, subsequently, it increased to 107; nowadays, the co-operators are 77. The subject of business activity of "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative is the production and wholesale and retail on the domestic market and abroad of non-alcoholic beverages, mineral waters and all kinds of raw materials, materials, wrapping, packaging, machines and equipment, spare parts and other materials, related to the principal business activity, scientific research, design and construction, as well as engineering activities here and abroad, regarding the production of non-alcoholic beverages; trade with industrial and food commodities; public catering and tourism; savings and crediting activities of the members of the cooperative. "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative owns the following real estates: 18 "Georgi Kochev" Blvd. – a restaurant and an administrative building, 2 garage cells, a warehouse (4 cells), a service utilities building – 30 820 sq. m. built-up area; at 15 "Vit" Street – 4 240 sq. m. land, a production building, a massive building, a temporary storehouse, a service utilities building, a shed.
THE MANAGERIAL BODY
The Cooperative is managed by a Managerial Council (MC) of seven members, elected by the General Assembly on 06.03.2006. The Chairperson of the Cooperative – Ognyan Naydenov – is also the Chairperson of the MC. The control is carried out by the Control Council, as well as by the control authorities of the Central Cooperative Union and the tax authorities.
The Constituent meeting of "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative was held on 29.11.1990. By Decision of Pleven District Court, dated 23.01.1991, the Co-operative was entered in the Register of Cooperatives. Due to flaws in the registration, the Supreme Administrative Court rescinded that Decision and, consequently, a new registration was made, dated 08.12.1993. In the interim, on 06.11.1990, the Central Cooperative Union (CCU) made a decision to transfer its assets from the Plant for Non-alcoholic Beverages Production in Pleven to "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative, in accordance with Decree № 56. Without terminating the activities of the plant, with the same assets, the Cooperative, in collaboration with "Klarina Holding" and The Central Cooperative Union, established in 1992 "Pleven – Bottling Company" LTD. Thus, the three partners create the new plant of "Coca-Cola" in Pleven, whereat, the share of the company was 36%, and consequently, due to increase of the capital, was decreased to 30%.
Until 1995, the business activity was limited only to the company frames, i.e. the production of the "Coca-Cola" products. In that year, though, a separate business activity commenced, whereupon, a storage base was rented and distribution of beer and non-alcoholic beverages was carried out. In 1996, a property was bought from the Municipality of Pleven at 15 "Vit" Street and a development of the base was initiated – a workshop for production of boza (millet-ale) was built, as well as a restaurant, three shops, a workshop for production of pastry and takeaway snacks, a wholesale warehouse for building materials, a warehouse for trade with glassware. On the territory of the Municipality, two grocery shops were rented, two restaurants and two school cafeterias.
In the year 2000, by decision of the General Assembly, for the purpose of directing the efforts to the production, most of the outlets were vacated and those owned were lent. At the moment, the direct business activity is related to the production of boza.
14 people are employed by the Cooperative. Throughout all the years of the activity of "Pleven-Bottling Company" LTD. about 40% of the profit was distributed as dividends among the partners. At the end of year 2002, according to the Constituent Contract, the partnership was transformed into a joint stock company (new partners and capitals join in), by means of which, a national company of "Coca-Cola" was established under the name of "Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Bulgaria" JSC. Due to a failure to guarantee the interests of the Cooperative in the new Company, the General Assembly makes a decision to sell the shares held. The transaction took place on 17.04.2003. The funds received are invested by the Cooperative in modernization of the boza workshop, transport vehicles and dividends distributed among the Cooperative members. The objective which was set up was the Cooperative to remain the sole regional producer of boza, licensed in accordance with the European standards. "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative has a registration by the Ministry of the Economy and has patented its own trade mark. At the moment, laboratory tests are being made of the product in Italy, for a consequent export to Italy, Spain and Turkey. The market share of "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative in Pleven region is about 65%.
MODERNIZATION AND CERTIFICATES
"Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative is the first Bulgarian firm, producer of boza, certified under ISO 9001/2000 (Quality Control System). The Certificate was issued on March 30, 2005. It guarantees supplying the market with a high-quality product, complying with the European requirements, as well as relations only with counterparties, certified under ISO. This additionally guarantees the quality of the product offered. This document gives an indisputable advantage of the firm upon its competitors.
In October 2005, (within a year only), "Zdravets" Crafts' Cooperative was certified under the system HACCP 2002 (Food Safety System). Thus, it became the first boza brewery in Bulgaria offering not only a high-quality product, but also ensuring safe labor conditions.
In order to comply with the new requirements, it has been thoroughly innovated and modernized. A wholesome repair of the base was made, the technological equipment of the workshop was completely replaced – autoclaves, saccharifiers, coolers. It has been one year, since the Cooperative has, apart from the boza brewery, its own workshop for production of plastic bottles. The premises are immaculately hygienic; there is also a detached sanitary parlor, as well as an extremely attractive recreation center for the personnel.