Gyan Dairy, a fresh milk and dairy products manufacturer and a unit of Uttar Pradesh-based CP Milk & Food, has increased its milk production capacity to 15 lakh litres per day from 11 lakh litres per day. This initiative has been taken in a bid to capitalize on the growing demand for milk and dairy products in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The company has set up a state-of-the-art plant in GIDA Phase II, in Gorakhpur with a capacity of five lakh litres per day, at a cost of approximately Rs 120 crores. The plant is spread over an area of 20067 square meters. With the establishment of this plant, over 1800 direct and indirect employment have been generated and over 1 lakh cattle rearing families will be benefited.
According to animal husbandry statistics released in November 2023, Uttar Pradesh has the highest share of 15.72% of milk and dairy products in the country. The state produces 319 lakh metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) of milk and dairy products thereby retaining the top position as milk and dairy products in the country. The Uttar Pradesh dairy market is said to be worth INR 1,626.7 billion in 2022, and it is projected to be worth INR 3,613.2 billion by 2028, with a CAGR of 14.24% during 2023–2028.
“We started our journey in 2007 with just two products in our portfolio, namely Gyan Skimmed Milk Powder and Gyan Desi Ghee. Milk was procured from the market and transported to our plant. The income from the sale of milk had gone to middlemen, depriving dairy farmers of fair compensation for their produce”, said Mr. Jai Agarwal, managing director, of CP Milk & Food Prod
“The situation is different now and everything has changed considerably over the last 6 to 7 years. Today we have a total of four plants in Lucknow, Barabanki, Varanasi and Gorakhpur with an increased capacity of processing 15 lakh per day and providing a range of packaged milk and other dairy products such as Dahi, Paneer, Khoya, Butter, Ghee and dairy-based beverages such as Lassi, Chaach, etc. Our range of products are available across the country via a strong network of over 50,000 retailers and over 50 Gyan Fresh stores”, added Mr. Agarwal.