Rising demand for milk prompts federation to set up a facility in Kanakapura near the city. With demand for milk increasing at a rate of 6-8 per cent annually in Bengaluru, the Bangalore Cooperative Milk Union (Bamul) is investing Rs 426 crore to set up a modern facility to process milk and to make other dairy products. The new facility will come up at Kanakapura which is about 60 km from the city , in about 18 months.
Brand Nandini sells 2.2 million liters in the city which is four-fifths of its market. “We have to create the infrastructure immediately as the existing facility is not enough to handle the influx of milk to the city from other districts” Animal Husbandry Minister A Manju told ET. “We will have one fully automated mega dairy where besides processing milk, we will also make products such as paneer, cheese, and other products” the minister said. As many as 64 products are sold under the Nandini brand and Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (KMF) officials believe they can further expand their market share by 5 per cent.