Source:newindianexpress.com

If all goes according to plan, Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) will soon sell its Nandini milk and curd in pet bottles.

This Invest Karnataka 2016, KMF is looking for agencies to set up an automated plant to undertake manufacture of health drinks, ready-to-eat milk products, flavoured milk and milk shakes. The plant should have a capacity to manufacture 30,000 bottles per hour.

The project is proposed to be implemented under a public private partnership (PPP) model in two phases at on Hesaraghatta Road at Bengaluru and Mandya or Chikkaballapur districts.

KMF Joint Director Satish said, “We will provide land to set up the plants that will require an investment of `160 crore.”

Nandini Curd
            Nandini Curd

A senior official confirmed that they are planning to introduce pet bottles for milk and curd. “Like Amul, we want to come out of the tetra pack system. Amul has adopted the pet bottle for many of its products. Pet milk bottles offer better barrier against oxygen and better protection from odours,” he said. However, the proposal is only in the initial stage, he said.

At present, KMF sells flavoured milk and butter milk in tetra packs. To begin with, KMF will dispose the tetra pack system for flavoured milk and replace it with plastic pet bottles.

This apart, KMF is also looking for investors for two automated milk conversion plants, each with 100 MT capacity for an investment of `325 crore. Here plants with processing facility to manufacture milk powder and skimmed milk powder are expected to come up at Doddaballapur and Dharwad in two phases under a PPP model.

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