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Linea unika: About Us


2008 was a dark year for the global economy: the Great recession hit all economic sectors and forced several businesses to close. It was in that same year that Unika was born, thanks to the Maianis’ will to put themselves out there, put their zootechnical knowledge to good use and develop their own, concrete project.

They decided to establish Unika, a small company dealing with animal complementary feeds, amongst the hills of Bologna, where its headquarters are still located today. At the beginning, only four people used to work at Unika: two employers and two employees.

Then, thanks to the riders who chose to believe in what used to be a small family project and have decided to share their precious feedbacks with us, little by little Unika has grown into a 1000 m2 plant, in which several professionals work passionately and industriously to reach our goal: developing a reference brand in the field of animal supplementation and manufacturing high-quality, Made-in-Italy products.


Unika is the fruit of the hard work of a family and has been established on its values: that’s why people lie at the heart of everything we do. At Unika, everyone harmoniously plays a role in the complex mechanism that keeps our company up and running.

We strongly believe in nurturing our employees’ specific talents, for we are firmly convinced that only satisfied people, who feel appreciated, can build up a well-knit team giving its best day after day. And it goes the same for our customers: their needs and their animals’ needs are what matters the most to us, and we truly cherish the trust customers have placed in us.

Indeed, our job doesn’t end with selling products. At Unika customer care is fundamental: when they phone us, our customers know that at the other end of the phone there’ll always be someone willing to listen to them and to help them. Moreover, some members of our team often join our customers at the shows they take part in, to provide them with the technical support they need.


In 2013, UnikaLab, an analysis laboratory dedicated to the quality control of raw materials and end products, the company’s flagship was established. Through major investments, UnikaLab is now able to perform important quantitative and qualitative analyses such as:
  • Protein titre study
  • Analysis of the amount of crude fibre
  • Study of percentages of inorganic substances
  • Study of humidity levels
  • Percentage analysis of oils and fats
  • Search for pollutants
  • Search for secondary metabolite titres
  • Analysis of equestrian doping
UnikaLab provides the Quality Department with useful information on the characteristics of raw materials purchased and end products manufactured by means of analytical services on samples. In particular, it supports the Quality Department in selecting suppliers on the basis of the purity of raw materials supplied and the Graphics Department in producing the legal labels attached to the end products.


UnikaLab has developed a protocol to identify the main pollutants present in plant matrices used in the production chain.

At UnikaLab, we are able to determine contamination by: methylxanthines (theobromine, theophylline, caffeine), hordenine, synephrine, phenylephrine, octopamine, nicotine and harpagosides. These methods allow us to provide professional riders with products that are also controlled from a doping point of view.


Gabriela B.

Owner - Administrative Manager

Sara M.

Owner - Quality Manager

Laura S.

Graphic Designer

Alberto M.

Owner – Animal nutritionist

Selene M.

Quality Assistant


Unika has been a FAMI-QS certified company since 2017. FAMI-QS is a European preeminent quality and feed safety management system for companies operating in feed manufacturing and is a worldwide leader in its field. Its aim is to set out procedures ensuring that the whole production process meets hygienic and sanitary requirements.

The FAMI-QS code of practice is extremely exhaustive and covers every detail of a feed manufacturing company, from accuracy in choosing suppliers to products quality.
At Unika, maintaining high-quality standards has always been a priority. That is why, over the years, we have committed to meet cutting-edge quality standards.
Being a FAMI-QS certified company means, before all else, ensuring our customers healthy, regulated and effective products that aim at achieving animal well-being and are manufactured in a plant meeting all safe production requirements.

Since 2020, the FAMI-QS certification has also been covering Unika’s complete feeds and complementary feeds intended for particular nutritional purposes. It was a great achievement for us, for we were able to include complementary feeds intended for particular nutritional purposes and having specific health properties in the list of our FAMI-QS certified products.

Unika is currently engaged in the feasibility study for the transition from FAMI-QS certification to FSSC 22000 certification to further expand the quality of its production chain.

HACCP Control System

Since our company establishment, in 2008, Unika has been working according to its self-monitoring plan, in accordance with the HACCP control system. Such plan, which has been approved and is monitored by the regional veterinary service, allows us to monitor each production phase. National Ministries of Health state seven main principles on which the HACCP control system is based:
  1. Hazard identification and analysis
  2. CCP (Critical Control Points) identification in all phases in which hazard prevention, reduction or elimination is possible
  3. Establishment of critical limits, which state acceptable and unacceptable levels of hazard occurrence for each CCP
  4. CCP effective monitoring procedures establishment and implementation
  5. Corrective actions establishment in case a hazard has gotten out of control at a CCP (has exceeds its critical limits)
  6. Verification procedures establishment to assess implemented measures effectiveness
  7. Document drafting and recordkeeping procedures establishment according to company size and nature
It’s in accordance with such quality standards that Unika proudly and professionally manufactures complete feeds, complementary feeds and products for external use, while always focusing on improving constantly.

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