May 11, 2012) a modern logistics centre "LDC Ricardo" in Business Zone Darda. The opening ceremony was hosted by Milan Vrdoljak (Chairman of the Management Board of Ricardo Ltd.) and Darko Rimac (Director of Ricardo Ltd.) and it was attended by the Mayor of Darda Municipality, Anto Vukoje, Deputy Mayor Željko Kraljičak and the Minister of Construction and Physical Planning Ivan Vrdoljak.
The Chairman of the Management Board of Ricardo Ltd. and Minister Ivan Vrdoljak gave speeches, while Father Ilija Mijatovic blessed the building and wished all the best to owners of LDC Ricardo. Minister Vrdoljak handed over a donation in the amount of HRK 20,000.00 to kindergarten "RADOST” from Darda to invest in interior design of the kindergarten.
After the formal part of the program and cutting of the ribbon (which was cut jointly by Milan Vrdoljak and Darko Rimac), the hosts invited the guests to a tour of the logistics centre, followed by a small banquet in the centre premises, where guests were entertained by tamburitza band “Gentlemen” and S.J. Štef. There was also a surprise guest, Miroslav Škoro.
Ricardo Ltd. was established in 1992. The company’s history began with a small business which focused on trade activities, with only one retail shop and three employees. Through its adapting to the new market and organizational models and to the changing demands, the company developed into a successful transport and logistics company that is renowned in the region. It currently has 120 employees.
Currently there are four retail stores within the company that operate according to the "store next door" principle, offering mostly foodstuffs. Ricardo owns modern plantations of apple and plum trees, on a site covering more than 12 hectares in Darda. The orchard is irrigated by modern “drip-by-drip” technology, and the apple plantation is covered by a protective net which prevents hail damage.
Over the past several years, company Ricardo has specialized in transportation, distribution and logistics services. We have our own fleet of about 100 vehicles, most of which are equipped for the transport of goods under temperature-controlled conditions, and a related tracking system.
Late last year, the construction of a new logistics and distribution centre in Business Zone Darda was completed and the strategic plan for this year involves launching of a production plant, with special emphasis on production of 100%-natural products, especially apple juice, where special attention will be paid to resources, expertise and food safety.
New warehouse capacities adapted to different types of goods (high-bay warehouse with different temperature levels) and equipped with state-of-the-art information technology, accompanied by an experienced workforce and appropriate technical means for goods handling, enable us to expand our cooperation to new business partners.
Complete business quality is a fundamental rule of business, so last year, in the area of transport and distribution, Ricardo implemented the Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2008 and HACCP food control system, and this year warehouse management was also harmonized with these internationally recognized standards.
Ricardo’s mission is to approach each business partner with particular care, adapting to their requirements and striving to create a relationship of trust with its partners, based on data confidentiality. We are successfully collaborating with large and reputable companies.