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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.
Attention to details is another of our strong points. At Unika, we personally control and take care of every step of the production chain, from careful and meticulous selection of suppliers and raw materials to commercialisation of finished products.
Moreover, we wish to sustain local producers as much as possible and, therefore, tend to choose local suppliers producing Made in Italy products.
At Unika, our mission is to manufacture products that can keep animals in perfect health, so that owners and riders may peacefully spend time with their animals, for they know that someone is taking care of them. To do so, we select and test high-quality raw materials every day and base our choices on the most recent scientific studies in the fields of phytotherapy and nutraceutics.
Thanks to our in-house lab, we ensure to provide our customers with safe, highly-concentrated products that can truly support their animals’ well-being.
Unika deals with zootechnical feeds and complementary feeds and is specialised in equine nutrition. Since its establishment, Unika’s founders wished to create an innovative company aiming at supporting high-level sport horses’ performances.
Unika’s pioneering vision was to put the latest scientific knowledge in the fields of phytotherapy and nutraceutics at the service of animal well-being. At Unika, we aim at:
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.
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.