Vinamilk set to expand operations abroad

10:47 | 30/01/2018 Companies

Dairy giant Vinamilk will continue to expand operations abroad, especially in emerging market like Laos and Myanmar, this year.

A booth of Vinamilk at the APEC Summit in Da Nang last year - Photo: Vinamilk

Vinamilk will build a plant in Myanmar and an organic cow farm of several thousand hectares in Laos this year, Do Thanh Tuan, the company’s PR director, told a recent press conference in HCM City.

All procedures have been completed for the farm, which will be just 100km from another Vinamilk farm in the central province of Nghe An.

Now dairy production in the country only meets 35 percent of the demand.

Vinamilk can collect 750 tonnes of fresh milk from its 10 farms and 8,000 farming households daily, and that is enough to meet the national demand for pasteurised milk, Tuan said.

The company already has plans in place to process coconuts for export, especially to the United States.

“Vietnam has huge potential in coconut products, but only one domestic company, TTC, is exporting them. We recognize that demand for coconut products in the US is huge, and Vinamilk decided to enter the market and a large raw material supply area will be set up soon in the southern province of Ben Tre,” Tuan said.

In the last 20 years, 2017 was the first time the company’s exports declined due to political fluctuations in the Middle East, a big market for it, he said.

“We only achieved 67 percent of the year’s export target, but thanks to an immediate change in strategy to focus on the domestic market, Vinamilk’s turnover still increased by 10 percent from 2016.”

At the end of last year, the company also marked its presence in the sugar industry by acquiring a 65 percent stake in the Khanh Hoa Sugar Company for nearly 1 trillion VND (US$44 million) and changing its name to the Vietnam Sugar Joint Stock Company (Vietsugar).

Every year, Vinamilk consumes around 130,000 tonnes of sugar, but the price of sugar in Vietnam is always 30-40 percent higher than in neighboring countries, especially Thailand.

Vinamilk will be very active in producing sugar and even plan to triple the capacity of Vietsugar to 500,000 tonnes a year, Tuan said.

He promised that the sugar made by Vinamilk would be cheaper than others’ and the company could take advantage of its 260,000 retail shops to sell the product.

Last year, the company had a 58 percent stake of the estimated US$4 billion dairy market.

Theo VNA