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A 30-year-old family tradition

Alden products are woven with the work and effort of the Banko family from Baderna, as well as the family tradition that they have successfully preserved for more than 30 years. They pay great attention to their cod products, and their dried cod is supplyed directly from a high-quality Norwegian drier. They also ensure high quality and taste by expertly supervising raw materials from import to production to final distribution.

The Banko family is Croatia’s first manufacturer of white cod Mantecato, which is prepared following to an Istrian-Venetian recipe. It’s a creamy pate made without additives, preservatives, artificial colors, or gluten, and it comes in a variety of flavors, including classic, green pepper, olives, and capers. Petar Banko began the manufacture of cod with his culinary abilities and established a family company with his daughter Danijela Banko Štokovac and son Petar Banko.

The legacy of Alden products began with family efforts, and the Banko family continues to build its thriving business with “cod in their veins.”

The gastronomic gift that no one can resist – especially on Valentine’s day

Have you already thought of a perfect gift for your loved one? If not, we have a creative suggestion – why not express your love through food – the ultimate love language? Don’t worry, Alden’s got you covered.

As we all know, a way to someone’s heart is through the stomach, which is why we especially advise you to come by our store just before Valentine’s day and look at many options to rejoice your significant other. In Alden’s shop, in addition to cod spreads and dried cod, you can also find homemade Istrian products and natural cosmetics. So, just fill that bag up with the little things which will show them how much you care. Tasty delights will definitely make them happy, especially if you prepare perfect bites with all the products you love.

We eagerly await the national day of love and looking forward to seeing you on Monday the 14th. We wish you a happy and delicious Valentine’s day!

Don’t miss our dried cod according to the home-made recipe

Surely you already know that fresh products of the highest quality and sophisticated taste are part of Alden’s recipe and our entire story, which we have cherished with love for years.

Yes, we are sure you already know that, but we are here to remind you – if you want to get Mediterranean flavors whose flavors you will enjoy, in our store you can find the most interesting Istrian products of various irresistible aromas. Today we especially recommend dried cod, which you can find in our store, which is of course, home-made, and that will win you over with its delicious taste and intense feeling of true gastronomic pleasure.

For all lovers of spicy and salty flavors combined with this North Sea fish, we definitely recommend you to visit us. The phenomenal dried cod will certainly become a favorite part of almost any meal!

Sprinkle every event with Mantecato spread

In case you didn’t already know, we’ll reveal one secret to you: cod is an ideal choice for a main course as well as an appetizer, and it’s especially delicious when shared with friends.

Mantecato spread with pepper is made from the highest quality cod, and it is especially diverse, providing extensive experimentation with many other recipes. Whether you opt for a quick appetizer, or as a snack next to the main course, crunchy snacks of toast with Mantecato will complete any enjoyment.

The recipe is more than simple. Bake slices of bread with a little olive oil, spread cod spread and season to taste. Mantecato spread is of top quality, but also of irresistible taste, so it can be said that your meal with this delicious spread is also a little health in just one bite.

Do not hesitate, enjoy this meal and let us know your impressions.

Traditional Alden flavors for unforgettable gastronomic delights

Very little effort and few ingredients are necessary for a tasty and nutritious meal. So, relax and be prepared for small tips that will make your meal completely irresistible.

Alden’s traditional flavors, as its loyal fans know, consist of cod spreads with different variants. Whether you prefer olives, green pepper, capers, or a classic taste – we have been offering only proven recipes for years that make every bite fascinatingly delicious.

It is best to combine our healthy cod spreads with simple dishes that are made quickly. Of course, one of the options is a well-known polenta, but there is always an irresistible sprinkle with cod as an excellent choice. Polenta in combination with cod can serve as an ideal option for breakfast because it is a nutritious meal that provides energy for the whole day. On the other hand, cod sprinkles will delight all lovers of homemade dough who love to spice up their snacks with a top-quality spread from North Sea fish. Cod goes perfectly with the sprinkles and can make any meal irresistibly delicious, which you will definitely try again and again after the first tasting.

Which one is your preferred option? Let us know

Health and taste combined: Homemade products from the most quality fish

Usually, people love to indulge in cod fish, not only for the delicious taste but also for their many health benefits. Omega 3’s, filled with B3, B6, and B12 vitamins, and a great source of protein, are just some of the reasons why this fish delicacy should be much more frequent at our family tables. Just like other North Sea fish, cod is useful in the prevention and treatment of many diseases, and it is especially recommended for people with atherosclerosis or heart disease associated with diabetes.

This is why we created a perfect recipe, a 100% natural cod product that is rich in flavor and easily combined with other great food options. Our cod spreads are not only very piquant and light, but they are also an easy choice to prepare meal recipes entirely with cod – visit our recipe page to find some inspiration. In the end, we recommend for you try the most lovely and healthy cod meal for you and your loved ones.

Be sure that our fresh products will make you love Alden’s profound taste, and recognize its great quality.


Delicious dried cod: a perfect choice for winter

The winter holiday season is also prime baccalà season. Wintertime is a perfect period for you to try out delicious dried cod – a type of cod that has become an ingredient of many Mediterranean cuisines.

Alden’s original cod recipe is very popular in the Istrian region because of its special gastronomic offer. There are several different cod flavors you can enjoy; classic, with green pepper, with olives and with capers. Cod is an excellent and high-quality source of protein, and it is useful in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, so you can include it in your weekly meals, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to regularly have exquisite food at your table, such as dried cod.

You can choose among many options to combine Alden’s products – such as canapes, polenta, or classic risotto. This ingredient can be used in a variety of ways, and the quality production of Alden is the best choice for use in recipes.

Get cozy with your loved ones, enjoy the beauties of winter, and experience only the best of the best, which Alden offers for many decades.

Alden – ideal snacks to welcome guests for New Year’s Eve

New Year Eve is finally approaching, so we can gather around for a special night, the last one of the year, to greet the new beginnings and say goodbye to last year. Still, the thing to look after on a night when you are welcoming your friends or family, is food, without a doubt. Do not worry, we have this season very much in mind, so we wanted to recommend how to enjoy this night with delicious bites and more than satisfied appetites.

We all learned as we were kids how codfish is prepared just before Christmas. But, we must recommend using cod spreads in easy-to-make bite-sized sandwiches that you can make in no time. This way, you are partly honoring tradition with recognizable taste, but also innovating it with a couple of delightful cod spread taste combinations: olive, green pepper, capers, or classic. Your guests will also love this treat because it is easy, tasty, and divine in taste.

You’ll need your favorite Alden spread that comes in 4 flavors, toast bread, salted fillets, olives, and fresh red onions. First bake the bread for about 15 minutes to get the crunchiness, and then cover all the ingredients onto the bread and serve on a large platter. Decorate on top with cherry tomatoes to get a party feels going in the room. This idea is ideal for a gala dinner, as a snack, or for unexpected guests.

We wish you a night of enjoyment with Alden, and of course, a happy New Year!

Excellent local products made according to Istrian recipes – discover where you can find them

In Baderna near Poreč, there is a cod production of the Banko family, where you produce as much as one hundred tons of cod a year. At the beginning of last year, in addition to the production plant, a new delicatessen was opened – let’s find out what can be found in Baderna and which delicacies made of extremely tasty cod are there for many years.

In addition to fresh cod on white, customers can expect many variations of this fish from the North Sea – with olives, capers or green pepper, but also other Istrian products such as pasta, oil, wine and even cheese. What can surprise, but also especially delight visitors, is honey and honey products, which is another hobby of Alden’s owner, Petar Banko. Petar is the heir of a long tradition that lasts for several generations, which guarantees immense experience in making numerous products that adorn many local, but also tables of a wider geographical range.

Today, this family business is run by his daughter Danijela Banko Štokovac and son named Petar Banko. The father and son run the production, the daughter works in sales, and their product can be found on the shelves of the most famous Croatian retail chains, mostly Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia, and Zagreb, but also northern Italy, where white cod originates.

The store, due to dedication, experience and love of work, proved to be a complete success, and provided the opportunity for customers here to buy fresh cod directly from the plant. Especially during the holiday season, when before and during Christmas Eve cod is traditionally eaten in Istria and beyond, the Bako family plant works day and night, which on the one hand proves the commitment and love of customers for Alden’s sweet magic on a plate.

Visit the store at Baderna 11c, Poreč, every working day from 8 am to 3 pm, and its owners will do their best to present you with the most ideal choices that will make you come back here regularly.

Traditionally, a magical Christmas requires cod fish

Christmas time and the many most wonderful holiday traditions are frequently associated with food at our table. It is, after all, a time when we get together, eat and drink, and laugh the nights away, so it is natural to crave a fine meal this time especially.

We also associate the most wonderful time of year with cod – a fish that is practically mandatory to enjoy during the holidays. It is a centuries-old tradition to prepare it before Christmas Eve and to taste its wonders with the ones you love. Sound magical, right?

Since we want you to have the most delicious combinations, and they definitely include Alden’s cod spreads! Completely natural, filled with vitamins and Omega 3s, they are perfect as a healthy and tasty option, especially since holidays tend to mean heavier and greasier food. Our classic, green pepper, olives or caper spice will without a doubt make any meal even more exquisite.

We strive to make your family time beautiful. So, do not hesitate to check out all our recipes and to plan your Christmas combination right on time.