Serbian dairy group Mlekara Leskovac has ambitions to break into the EU market by initially exporting to Greece.
The company has recently acquired a UHT system enabling it to process raw milk, which will nearly double its production capacity, from 60,000 litres to 110,000 litres a day, according to the company’s managing director Atila Horvat.
“Our intention is to capture the market of the European Union, above all, the market of Greece,” confirmed Horvat, adding the company has enjoyed “excellent co-operation” with local government on assistance with its plans.
Horvat went on to say this year had kick-started “decades of entrepreneurship” in which the Serbian government would provide continued support to small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship in order to exploit their full potential for economic development.
“The existence of undertakings, which improve their business, forms the basis for a stable economy and is of great importance for local self-government,” the Mayor of Leskovac, Goran Cvetanovic, said. “Therefore, the city of Leskovac, with the support of the Serbian government is trying to provide them with necessary assistance and support.”
Mlekara Leskovac has around 600 co-operative partners and supplies about 40 different products. It has nearly doubled its staffing levels in recent years, up from 65 in 2011 to 121 today.
The company was founded in 1969, privatised in 2005, and six years later became part of the Hungarian dairy products maker and distributor Sole Mizo, a subsidiary of Hungarian agriculture and food processing firm Bonafarm.