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Turkish company Sutash completed the formalities of taking over the milk and dairy products plant Swedmilk in Skopje. Production is expected to start in the fall.
-The innovations that will be introduced by Sutash, we aim to increase markets in Macedonia and neighboring countries and increase consumption of milk and dairy products in the region with the innovation we will present to the industry, announced Muharrem Yilmaz President of the Sutash Group.
He said that besides production in Skopje, their brand and products will be placed in other Balkan countries, Albania and Kosovo, as well as markets in Europe.
The new investments will increase the capacity of milk processing from 70 million liters per year to 175 million. Yilmaz said that in order to be able to develop such a capacity to produce milk in Macedonia, they will cooperate with universities, manufacturers, other associates in the sector, and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.
He also announced that within a year the number of direct employment of Sutash in Macedonia will be over 100, and when the investment will be over, he expects that number to reach 250. Yilmaz pointed out that when you consider that the sector of dairy products creates indirect employment in sectors such as agriculture, livestock, and logistics services, this investment by Sutash will yield significant results in terms of employment and revenue sharing.
Muharrem Yilmaz said that they will implement the joint working model “From grass to the table” which is a guarantee of genuineness and quality of Sutash products and stressed out that after the construction of factories for dairy products, they will continue to build farms for dairy cattle breeding, plant for feed and factories for recycling and production of energy.
Sutash, the leading brand for milk and dairy products in Turkey, with a turnover of 1.4 billion TL (approximately EUR 650 million) in 2011 is on the 59. place within the top 500 manufacturing firms in Turkey. Sutash, which concentrates in the sector of milk and dairy products with their 37-year experience in the market for milk and dairy products in Turkey using the slogan “Natural Flavor”, offers 69 kinds of products in 6 categories.
Sutash which has a capacity of processing 750 million liters of milk annually in training centers, farms, breeding farms, fodder plants, dairy factories and facilities for recycling and energy production, provides direct employment for about 4,000 people.