Gabriel Oprendek first imported cider home from his travels around the world. Later he began experimenting with his own production. Over time, the Oprendek brothers came up with the right formula and founded Opre’ cider, which by crafting quality products contributed to the emergence of cider culture in Slovakia. Gabi went on an exchange through our EXCITE – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. His host was a family business which connects tradition with cider innovation in Spain where the cider has its own 2000-year tradition and distinctive sour style. The cider culture in Slovakia was the exact opposite of the Spanish one. Not only was the cider not produced here, but there was also no demand for it, and people barely knew what it was. That is why Gabi faced complex challenges. He travelled to learn more about the cider culture. His cider has become very successful in Slovakia and its distribution roots reach Prague.
Later, he expanded his offer to include other premium products – honey and herb-based Mellos lemonades, which began to overtake the original cider product market. Now he owns 2 successful local products that not only enjoy popularity, but their range is constantly expanding with new flavours.