OREANDA-NEWS. The authorities of the Voronezh region of Russia announced the launch of the second cheese factory planned for November by the German dairy production company DMK Deutsches Milchkontor.

«The appearance of a new cheese production plant in Bobrov is of great importance, it is 170 new jobs. The total investment volume is 2 billion rubles ($27,2 million). Tax revenues to the budgets of all levels will amount to 150 million rubles a year», the press service of Governor Alexander Gusev reported on Monday, September 6.

As indicated in the statement, the launch of the second cheese factory in the Voronezh region was discussed at a meeting between Gusev and the head of DMK International, Michael Feller. The new enterprise will produce semi-hard cheeses («Russian», «Gouda», «Maasdam») and dry whey. The products will be supplied to all regions of Russia and abroad. The milk processing capacity will be 450 tons per day. Initially, the launch of the second plant was scheduled for 2020.

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH, with it's head office in Lower Saxon Zeven, is one of the largest producers of dairy products in Germany. It has more than 20 factories in Germany and two in the Netherlands and produces milk, butter, cheeses, baby food, ice cream and animal feed under the brands Milram, Oldenburger, Humana, Alete, Uniekaas. In addition, the first Russian cheese factory of this company has been operating in the village of Troynya near Voronezh since 2009, it produces hard, semi-hard, processed cheeses and cheese with blue mold.

In 2014, Russia, in response to Western sanctions, imposed counter-sanctions, banning, among other things, the import of European cheeses. According to the Russian authorities, the ban on the import of products was supposed to spur the development of their own production.