Dairy plant Galakton - a story about 50 years of Kievian’s love
Plant Galakton can be considered a symbol of Ukrainian dairy industry. It was founded in 1961 and then it was called - Kiev dairy plant №2. In 1987 the launching of production of sterilized milk and installation of Tetra Pak aseptic line began. In 2006 the department of baby food was reconstructed and installation of a new Tetra Pak line of ultra filtration was carried out. Integration with Danone began in 2010, and a year later the united company “Danone-Unimilk” appeared.
Now the company employs 550 staff and every year processes 80,000 tons of milk of which dairy products under different Danone brands are made.
50th anniversary of “Galakton” plant, Kyiv, September 15, 2011
Dario Marchetti, General Manager of Danone-Unimilk Ukraine:
“The integration of “Danone” and “Unimilk” companies involved intensive investment flows directed to enhancement of the standards of food quality and safety of “Galakton” and “Kremez” plants, and to launching of new brands and enlargement of current capacity.
In the basis of all of our business solutions there is aspiration to make dairy products of superior quality to be maximum available for the most of Ukrainian consumers. Our contribution into the development of production in Ukraine will have operational significance for “Danone-Unimilk” and dairy branch in a whole, and for thousands of Ukrainian families who got used to see healthy food on their dinner tables as well.
To “Danone” company in Ukraine and in the world as well the carrying attitude to traditions is inherent. By congratulating “Galakton” I acknowledge strategic importance of the plant and I pay a tribute to all generations of its employees, who changed over a 50-years history of this honored enterprise.”
Yuriy Lutskov, Director of “Galakton” plant:
The history of “Galakton” plant is full of innovations. For example, the launching of production of smetana in disposable cups in 1987 turned out to be a real “breakthrough”. Under the wing of the new integrated company we plan to further develop innovation directions by implementing up-to-date technologies of dairy products producing, in particular in the lines of “Tioma” and “Prostikvashino”.
Investments of “Danone-Unimilk” to the development of productive capacity of “Galakton” were aimed at acquisition of new producing lines, for example on Smetana packaging, and at updating of current equipment and the development of energy saving technologies as well. Even now the range of lines of the plant works for maximum capacity, in particular the line of granulated cream cheese production. We expect that in 2011 76000-80000 tones of milk will be processed at “Galakton”.
As many Kiev inhabitants I grew with the “Galakton” products and I’m proud that over 50 years our plant offered dairy products of good quality for reasonable prices. Today this principle of care about a consumer is reflected in TM “Galakton” named symbolically after the plant. At present traditional products loved by generations of the Ukrainians such as milk, kefir, riazhenka and cream cheese are in the line of TM “Galakton”.