NEW DELHI: Amul is going places. Literally. After having established its presence in China, Mauritius and Hong Kong, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), India’s largest milk cooperative, is waiting to flood the Japanese market.The milk cooperative, which markets Amul brand of products, is hopeful of bagging a major export order from Japan.
In keeping with the popularity of the brand abroad, GCMMF has revised its export target for this fiscal by Rs 50 crore to Rs 200 crore. Says GCMMF managing director B M Vyas, “We have had a distributor in Japan since 1994 but no major presence in that country. But a few days ago a delegation from Japan, under the aegis of Agriculture and Livestock Industry Corp (ALIC), visited our facilities at Anand (Gujarat) and were pleasantly surprised with the sheer scale of our dairy operations. I am hopeful that some of our products, such as milk powder and cheese, could be exported to Japan soon.”
Then, GCMMF is also looking at Sri Lanka as one of its next export destinations. Amul products are already available on shelves across several countries, including the US, China, Australia, West Asian countries and Africa.
While Vyas declined to reveal other overseas markets that the federation is targeting now, he said that demand for dairy products from India is expected to grow in many overseas markets.
Claiming that buoyant exports help the company maintain prices in the domestic market, Vyas said that in times of milk surplus, having ready export markets allow the federation to save itself from making any distress sales.
GCMMF recorded a turnover of Rs 2,922 crore last fiscal. Its products include pouch milk, ultra heat treated (UHT) milk, ice-cream, butter, cheese and buttermilk.