On that occasion, the Laško Group was awarded nine gold medals, two of which are Grand Gold medals that signify the highest acknowledgment of quality in a particular category, and one silver. Grand Gold medals were earned by the Eliksir trademark of the Laško Brewery and by Union Radler Grenivka of the Union Brewery. The leading trademarks of both breweries, Union svetlo (pale lager) and Laško Zlatorog, were also rewarded with a gold medal, while the remaining gold medals went to Laško Club, Laško Dark and Jubilejnik of the Laško Brewery and Union Temno Pivo (stout beer) and Union Brezalkoholno Pivo (non-alcoholic beer) of the Union Brewery. The Brezalkoholni Radler Citrus Bezeg (non-alcoholic Radler citrus-elder) trademark of the Union Brewery received a silver medal.
"We are extremely proud of the award of the prestigious Monde Selection labels, because again we have proved that our trademarks are amongst the highest quality in the world. Monde Selection is one of the most significant global selections of trademark quality, with more than 50 years of tradition", stressed Mateja Košak Maljevec, Marketing and Development Director at the Laško Group.
Prestigious Monde Selection labels will be officially handed over on June 2 and 3 at the gala event in the famous Palais de la Bourse in Bordeaux in France.
Monde Selection: Monde Selection, International Institute for Quality Selections, founded in 1961 in Brussels, tests the quality of consumer products from all over the world for more than a half a decade and, based on strict criteria, it grants internationally acknowledged bronze, silver, gold or Grand Gold quality labels. Every year, the Institute tests up to 3,230 products from more than 87 different countries, which are divided into six categories: spirits and liqueurs, beers, water and soft drinks, food products, diet and health products, cosmetics and toiletries and wines, which are evaluated at the international wine competition under the sponsorship of OIV, the International Organization of Vine and Wine.
Monde Selection quality medals can be compared to Michelin stars or hotel ranking stars. The prestigious quality label is awarded by an independent jury comprising more than 70 experts, which brings together chefs with Michelin stars, members of the French Culinary Academy, beer brewing engineers, university professors, nutrition and health advisors, chemical engineers, acknowledged oenologists and sommelier masters.