Amul, the brand owned by Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union in Gujarat, will open its seventh centralized milk processing plant at Sankrail Food Park in Howrah.The managing director of Amul Dairy, K Rathnam, said, “We have got around 17 acres in the food park from the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation to set up the centralized milk plant.” The work on the plant will begin in 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2018, he added. Amul is expected to set up the plant at a cost of Rs 200 crore, with an optimum capacity of 15 lakh litre milk per day. Amul will manufacture fresh milk products, ice cream and beverages in the plant. Presently, the company operates three plants in Kolkata on contractual basis, with a total processing capacity of 7,25,000 litre of milk per day. Rathnam said Amul had emerged as the market leader in milk sales in and around Kolkata. “From 7.5 lakh litres of milk per day, it is projected that the demand will touch 20 lakh litres by 2020.” With an annual turnover of Rs 4,825 crore in 2015-16, it is projected to be around Rs 5,700 crore in the current fiscal. India Dairy Ltd has set up a 200 tpd cattle feed plant meant for farmers in Amul’s fold and also for selling in the market.
(Source: The Indian Express, 22 November 2016)