Croatian fresh bread is coming to Australia and Saudi Arabia. The oldest bakery in Croatia, Mlinar, has announced that they are to open stores in Australia and Saudi Arabia this May. Mlinar have said to the Croatian media that they plan to open franchise stores of their bakeries in Sydney and in Riyadh; they added that the stores will be run under a franchise agreement in which the interiors will mirror their Croatian bakeries.
This isn’t Mlinar’s first move into the international market, they already operate bakeries in Slovenia, Germany and in 2013 the first Mlinar shop was opened in the centre of Budapest, Hungary.
In fact the popular Croatian bakery has been operating in Australia since the beginning of 2015 when they started importing their bakery produce into the country. According to Mlinar the company sold over 250,000 bureks (a form of pie) in Australia in 2015 with outlets in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Wollongong, Newcastle and Geelong all reselling their products. As Australia has one of the largest Croatian expat communities in the world the step to open a Mlinar store seems a logical one. Mlinar owns and operates over 190 bakeries worldwide.