Kopyl plant to produce demineralized whey powder
The Kopyl subsidiary of Slutsk Cheese-making Plant plans to launch the production of demineralized whey powder in 2017, director of the company Ivan Gorbach said.
“We used to take whey to waste treatment facilities. Today the plant is waste-free. We dry the milk whey. But we seek to improve the quality of whey and are buying special Czech equipment for the electrodialysis shop. The equipment will be used to dry the whey until its demineralization stage reaches 80-90%,” said Ivan Gorbach.
The project was initiated by the company. The investment totaled € 1.26 million. According to Ivan Gorbach, no loans were attracted. Equity capital was used to build a workshop for the electrodialysis equipment.
The new project in Kopyl is overseen by the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee. According to Ivan Gorbach, the first installment payments have already been made and the equipment will be soon delivered to the company. It is expected that the equipment will be installed before the end of the year. The release of the new product is scheduled for 2017.
“This product is in high demand on the Russian market. The demineralized whey powder is 2-2.5 times more expensive than ordinary milk whey. This type of whey is used in the confectionery and bakery industries. The company will also be looking into the prospects of exporting demineralized milk whey to other EEU countries,” the director of the company said. Ivan Gorbach expressed hope that the project will be a success. In 2010 the company launched the production of skimmed milk powder and whey powder. The project was expected to pay off in four years. In fact it happened two years earlier. It is expected that the acquisition of the electrodialysis equipment will pay back in a year or a year and a half, the director of the company said. It is planned that initially half of milk whey will be processed with the use of the electrodialysis equipment.
Founded in 1951, Kopyl Creamery was reincorporated into a public joint-stock company (OAO) in 1995. Later, the plant was reorganized into the Kopyl subsidiary of Slutsk CheeseMaking Plant. The plant produces semi-hard cheeses, butter, skimmed milk powder and whey powder. Up to 90% of the products are exported to Russia and Kazakhstan.