13 Jan 2023 12:52

Molvest launches Russia's first milk protein concentrate production, replacing 25% of imports - authorities

VORONEZH. Jan 13 (Interfax) - Molvest Group has launched additional facilities at its plant in Kalach, Voronezh Region for intensive processing of milk to produce milk protein concentrate at a cost of about 2 billion rubles, the regional government's press center said.

The new production line can process 200 tonnes of milk per day, producing 85% milk protein concentrate, for which there is strong demand in the food industry. The concentrate is used in baby food, sports and dietetic nutrition, as well as production of cottage and soft cheeses, meat products and convenience foods.

"Russia did not have such a production facility before and concentrate was imported. Our plant will produce 2,500 tonnes of product [annually], which will reduce imports by 25%. And this is just the beginning," Voronezh Region Governor Alexander Gusev said on his Telegram channel.

Molvest opened the dry milk ingredients plant in Kalach in 2020. It currently produces whey protein concentrate and permeate. The plant has capacity to process 600 tonnes of raw material per day and produce 3 tonnes of whey protein concentrate and 27.3 tonnes of permeate per day. Dry milk ingredients are used as the main ingredients in sports and dietetic nutrition, as well as in the confectionary industry.

Molvest is one of the leading producers of dairy products in Russia's Central Black Earth region, with its main assets located in Voronezh Region. Molvest processes more than 500,000 tonnes of milk annually and produces about 250 types of dairy products under eight brands: Vkusnoteyevo, Molvest, Felicita, Nezhny Vozrast, Fruate, Ivan Poddubny, Volzhskiye Prostory and Kubansky Khutorok.