Feb 27, 2009
Pakistan Opens the World’s Largest Milk Processing Plant
Swiss dairy giant Nestle has made Pakistan the home of world's largest ever milk production plant. The 2 million-litre-a-day Punjab-based milk processing facility will rise to over three million liters in coming years. Pakistan is the world's fourth-largest milk producer, and Asia's second-largest, behind India, so the location of Nestlé's latest investment is fitting. Since Nestle started investing in Pakistan 18 years ago, the company has established the country's largest milk collection network. Today, Nestle collects milk from 140,000 farmers over an area of 100,000 square kilometres in Punjab who, as a result, receive over CHF120 million per year directly from the company. The Nestle investment says much about the extraordinary rate of development of this commodity and the mutually beneficial relationship that Nestle and Pakistan's milk processing industry enjoy. The company has five production facilities in different parts of Pakistan: two multi-product factories in Sheikhupura and Kabirwala, respectively, and three bottled water plants, one in Islamabad and two more in Karachi.