“WE SHALL BE THE LEADER IN EVERY FIELD”

Ak Gıda is the leader of the milk and dairy products market in Turkey with a market share of 25 percent. It produces one of every four packaged dairy products. As a result of its sale last year to Lactalis the company will now begin to produce a range of

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Last year Lactalis paid the substantial sum of 700 million to purchase an 80 per cent stake in Ak Gıda? Why was this acquisition important?

Lactalis is a family company which is the global leader in milk and dairy products and focuses only on this field. It has production facilities in 40 countries. It has brands such as President, Galbani and Parmalat, which are well known all over the world. As a result, it possesses considerable knowledge about products in the sector, has a wealth of R&D experience and has a very strong technological infrastructure. In addition to packaged dairy products, the company is a virtual encyclopedia in terms of animal feed and the modern dairy industry. Its personnel include experts in every field. It has played a significant role in the development of the dairy sector in every country that it has entered. In this respect, the activities that we shall undertake in the sector together with Lactalis will play an important role in the future development of Turkish agribusiness. We shall also benefit from Lactalis’s more than 80 years of experience and accumulated R&D experience and raise our operations to an even higher level.

Will Lactalis sell its products on the Turkish market?

Lactalis has a rich product portfolio. It has more than 5,000 different products. Even though we love dairy products in Turkey, in comparison with this, the variety of dairy products in Turkey is not as extensive as it is in Europe. This acquisition will enable us to offer our consumers western type cheese products. More importantly, we shall be able to produce them in Turkey.

What other plans do you have apart from producing Lactalis products in Turkey?

Lactalis is a global company. Its products are sold in more than 120 countries around the world. This will also enable us to benefit from the Lactalis Group’s strength and network when it comes to the global promotion of the products that we produce in Turkey. We shall be able to benefit from this and export more of our products to other countries in the future.

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