Madeta, the Czech Republic’s largest dairy processor is to close shut three of its six production facilities.

The company’s first plant in Prachatice is to be closed in the second half of next year and the following two, in Pelhrimov and Rípec, will close in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The three that Madeta will keep open, meanwhile, are in Cesky Krumlov, Jindrichuv Hradec and Planá nad Luznicí. 

“We want to see our production more effective by making it more centralised and specialised,” spokeswoman Barbora Danková told just-food.  

The Madeta representative assured, however, that it will still be manufacturing all its products in the same volume. “We won’t be giving out any notices either, all the [1,700] employees will be simply offered jobs in persisting factories and the option to commute by shuttle buses,” she added. 

As the country’s market leader, Madeta had in 2009 generated a net profit of CKR46m (US$2.4m) on sales of almost CKR6bn. Each year, it processes some 400m litres of milk, one-fifth of the total amount processed by Czech dairies. 

Around one quarter of Madeta’s production is being exported. The foreign destinations most eyed at present are Russia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.