The DMK Group, Germany’s biggest dairy cooperative, has officially opened its €145m ($164m) baby food production facility in Strückhausen in Wesermarsch.
The converted former DMK dairy plant, when fully commissioned, will produce up to 40m kg of GM-free milk per year of baby milk formula for the German and international markets.
The company sources its milk from its cooperative producers, located close to the plant.
Ingo Müller, CEO of the DMK Group, said, “The conversion has enabled us to fulfil the requirements for further strategic alignment between the DMK Group and the Humana brand.”
The investment was made in technology, infrastructure and energy-saving processes and equipment, creating both long-term prospects and new jobs in the region.
There are already around 170 employees working at the site, with plans to increase this to 230 employees by 2020.
Production of myHumanaPack for worldwide markets.
Another milestone is the investment in innovative packaging that is produced in Strückhausen and tailored to meet mothers’ requirements.
Stefan Eckert, COO of DMK Baby, said, “This paves the way for further growth. Since October 2018, the myHumana Pack has been available for our Humana mothers on the shelves in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland. I am therefore even more pleased that we can continue to get the new Humana brand home base in Strückhausen off to a flying start.”
DMK noted that, in Italy, DMK has now become the market leader in special milks and infant milk formula with its Humana brand. All other baby milk segments are also showing continuous growth.
The company said double-digit growth figures from the international markets also underline the success of the reorientation measures that have been introduced at the cooperative.