DMK Group opens high-tech baby food plant
Germany’s largest dairy co-operative, DMK invested €145 million in converting its Strückhausen site into one of the most cutting-edge baby food production facilities in Germany.
When the plant is fully commissioned, up to 40 million kg of GM-free milk per year will be processed to produce baby milk formula of the highest powder quality for the German and international markets. The company sources high-quality raw material from its own milk producers, which are located close to the plant.
“The conversion has enabled us to fulfil the requirements for further strategic alignment between the DMK Group and the Humana brand. The investment will allow us to meet the requirements of state-of-the-art baby food production in the future too, both in terms of our own production capacity and our customers’ quality, sustainability and flexibility requirements”, said Ingo Müller, CEO of the DMK Group.
The company invested €145 million in cutting-edge technology, high-quality 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. “The investment in Strückhausen is also a clear commitment to the northwest region for us, where we are creating jobs for people in structurally weak, rural areas. The DMK Group makes its contribution to the continued economic development of the region in terms of its plants in Strückhausen, Edewecht, Zeven and the administration location in Bremen, which overall provide more than 2,500 jobs,” said Müller.
The Strückhausen plant also produces DMK’s new packaging for its infant formula, the myHumana Pack. “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. The feedback we have received has been beyond positive. 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,” said Stefan Eckert, COO of DMK Baby.