Nandini, the cooperative milk brand of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), was a success in Mumbai. Now the Karnataka Milk Federation is planning to set up a milk processing unit near Mumbai. This is going to be its first plant outside south India after the success of its brand Nandini brand in the state.
Nandini was launched by KMF in Mumbai in October 2016 and at present, it supplies around 85,000 tonnes of milk on daily basis.
Mrityunjay Kulkarni, Director of Marketing of KMF said, “We currently supply milk from Karnataka to Mumbai. Now, we are waiting for this daily milk-handling volume to achieve 100,000 tonnes, for us to start our own processing-cum-packing unit here (Mumbai).”
The state Karnataka became a milk surplus state after the government took a decision to give the incentive of Rs 5 per litre spurred production to the farmers. With this new start of a production facility, KMF is planning to introduce premium products like pasteurized toned milk, special pasteurized homogenized toned milk and long-life Nandini buffalo milk in Maharashtra. After the start of this, KMF is also keeping an eye on the Pune area. The supply will be taking place from Belgaum which will help in saving transport cost.
Kulkarni also added, “A Rs 2,000 crore infrastructure development programme is nearing completion and it will allow KMF to expand its presence in Maharashtra. The programme includes a 35-tonne cheese plant near Bengaluru, a 40-tonne milk powder and pet bottle plant for flavoured milk in Hasan district, 5 mega-dairies in Mysore, Kolar, Tumkur, Mandya and Hasan. On an average, KMF reports collection of 7.6 million litres of milk per day from 2.4 million farmers in the state.”