KYIV. May 19 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Milkiland-Ukraine, a subsidiary of Milkiland dairy group with assets in Ukraine, Russia and Poland, plans to produce 15,000-20,000 tonnes of cheese in 2015.
“We want to reach a figure of 15,000-20,000 tonnes. We planned 30,000 tonnes, but I see we won’t be able to reach this figure,” company CEO Anatoliy Yurkevych said at the Agri Invest Forum in Kyiv.
According to him, last year the group produced 28,000 tonnes of cheese in Ukraine.
Yurkevych said that Milkiland plans to increase production at its Russian enterprise Syrodel.
To achieve this, the enterprise was reconstructed, which allowed it to increase its capacity by up to 15-20 tonnes per day.
“The Russian factory last year began producing cheese from June. In connection with these events (the embargo on cheese supplies to Russia), we reconstructed it and increased its capacity. The maximum capacity there is 15-20 tonnes of cheese a day,” he added.
Yurkevych also said that cheese production at the Polish factory of the group dropped by 4 or 5 times in connection with the ban on supplies to Russia.
The group plans to produce 3,500 tonnes of cheese at the Russian company, while the expert found it difficult to forecast the volume of output at the Polish plant.