About Us: History

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1954

 

The Chief Cooperative Association of Slovenia (Glavna Zadružna zveza Slovenije) establishes the company Trgovsko podjetje Medex Export-Import, which specialises in the export of honey and for supplying beekeepers with beekeeping tools and accessories.

 

Warehouse and production are located at Gosposvetska ulica street (in Kolizej), and headquarters were at Cigaletova ulica street, both in Ljubljana.
 

The father of the company and its first manager is Miran Goslar, who led the company for five years.

 

1959

 

Marjan Jager is named the general manager of the company.

 

1961

 

Aleš Mižigoj is named the general manager of the company and held this position for 40 years. He saved the company from bankruptcy.

 

1963

 

A laboratory is established and the foundation for apitherapy product development (products based on bee products) was formed. It is the first laboratory of its kind in Slovenia, Yugoslavia, and even Europe.

 

The company starts with the processing of bee products (beside honey and beeswax, they started using royal jelly, propolis, pollen, and honey bee venom). Since bee products, except honey, do not depend on weather conditions and a rich harvest, the company starts a full-time production. Moreover, these products are always in stock, because they are essential for the survival of bee colonies.

 

The company is licenced to produce the Melbrosia trademark product (with the licence owner situated in Vienna). Melbrosia is the first blend of honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis, and is blended in a simple mixer.

 

1966

 

Warehouse facilities at Linhartova cesta road in Ljubljana are purchased.

 

It is there where the first Apicenter is established – a laboratory for the development of Medex products based on bee products.

 

1968

 

Headquarters facilities at Miklošičeva cesta street in Ljubljana are purchased.

 

1970

 

Medex becomes the largest honey and bee product retailer in Yugoslavia. There are 15 sales representatives employed to travel across Yugoslavia.

 

Medex starts cooperating with physicians, and the products are used for healing purposes.

 

The production of food supplements based on bee products is opened.

 

1972

 

The advanced production facilities at Linhartova cesta road in Ljubljana are opened. Medex is the lead innovator in the field of bee product processing and production.

 

The most important novelties are the honey extracting facility and a device for the production of blended bee products (Melbrosia at that time).

 

The TV commercial for Melbrosia is the first TV commercial for Medex created by the famous Slovenian illustrator Miki Muster.

 

1978

 

Medex is awarded the Red dela z zlatim vencem (Order of Work with Golden Garland) state award for achievements in production and sales.

 

The development centre for cooperation between Medex developers and medical specialists (Center za biotiko) is founded.
 

The first international symposium Apimondia is organised by Medex in Portorož; the symposium reveals novelties, findings, and results in the field of apitherapy. The sponsor of honour is Marshal Josip Broz Tito.

 

1980

 

The shop “Narava vam nudi” (Nature has something to offer) at Miklošičeva cesta street in Ljubljana is first opened. This is the first specialised shop in the state.

 

1988

 

The second international symposium Apimondia is organised by Medex in Portorož.

 

1991

 

The breakup of Yugoslavia occurs – Medex loses 70 % of its markets.

 

1992

 

Medex is transformed to a stock corporation.

 

1993

 

A new production line for baking of biscuits is opened. The capacity of the new line is 500 kg of biscuits per hour.

 

1996

 

A new production line for baking wafers is opened. The capacity of the new line is 250 kg of wafers per hour.

 

1998

 

The third international symposium Apimondia is organised by Medex in Portorož. The sponsor of honour is the then Slovenian president Milan Kučan.

 

1999

 

Medex gains the ISO 9001:1996 certificate, issued by the international certification institute TÜV Management Service GmbH.

 

The expansion of bee product-based food supplements production leads to other natural products.

 

The first food supplement made without bee products is made; they are capsules containing green tea, lecithin and vitamins B.

 

2001

 

Aleša Kandus is named the Chair of the Board.

 

A technologically improved laboratory (renovation of the laboratory, equipment with liquid chromatography – HPLC) is opened.

 

2002

 

A modern honey filling centre, where honey is isolated from the staff in the production process, opens, providing uncompromising quality.

 

2003

 

Medex gains the ISO 9001:2000 certificate, issued by the international certification institute TÜV Management Service GmbH.

 

Medex gains HACCP certification – the hazard analysis and critical control points certificate.

 

The opening of a renovated modern shop at Miklošičeva cesta street in Ljubljana occurs. Customers are offered a wider selection of products in a larger shop.

 

2004

 

The Zlati panj (Golden Beehive) trademark honey is certified with the Red Swallow national quality mark – a symbol of higher quality, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.

 

2006

 

Medex is awarded the Dun & Bradstreet “Rating of the year”.

 

2007, 2008, 2009

 

Medex is awarded the Superbrand title.

 

2008

 

Medex gains BRC and GMP standards for its syrups.

 

2009

 

Medex becomes a market-oriented company, with its mission being the improvement of customers’ life with natural food supplements without artificial flavourings, preservatives, or colourings.

 

The core business becomes honey, bee-based products (apitherapy) and other natural food supplements.

 

Expanding abroad, Medex becomes one of the leading niche companies in the field of bee-based products (apitherapy).

 

The packaging for products based on bee products (apitherapy) is made in a uniform design. Standardisation of biologically active substances in the products (bioflavonoids in propolis and 10 HDA in royal jelly) occurs. Standardisation of these substances guarantees a constant content of key ingredients through the entire shelf life of the products, and consequently also guarantees their proven quality.

 

2010

 

Medex gains the IFS standard.

 

Medex is certified for organic production.

 

Medex is a general sponsor of the world congresses Apimedica and Apiquality, organised in Slovenia.

 

The company is transformed from a stock corporation to a limited liability company.

 

2011

 

Medex is ranked 12th on the list of 50 most renowned trademarks according to Slovenian consumers: SI.BRAND TOP 50 Društva potrošnikov (Slovene Consumers’ Association).
 

Medex is one of 50 Slovenian companies with the highest credit assessment in 2011 given by Dun & Bradstreet Magnificent 50.
 

2012

 

The ingredients and labelling of Medex food supplements and food products are compliant with EU Regulation No. 1924/2006 and EU Regulation No. 432/2012 (EU Commission Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods).

 

Medex is ranked 12th on the list of 50 most renowned trademarks according to Slovenian consumers: SI.BRAND TOP 50 Društva potrošnikov (Slovene Consumers’ Association).

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Medex d.o.o.
Linhartova cesta 49 A
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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