Expansion and modernisation of a model unit for dairy products

A dairy company used EAFRD to finance its investment on the production of probiotic fermented products of top quality and high nutritional value (kefir).

Project summary: 

Funding from LEADER+ allowed Iordanis Papadopoulos to establish a model unit for dairy products in 2006. The unit soon became operational and started to produce kefir. Kefir is a bioenergy traditional drink, produced from Greek cow milk by adding beneficial fresh grains. This enables the product to be distinguished from all the dairy products available in the market.

In 2011, funding from the Local programme “LEADER APPROACH - Axis 4 for Thessaloniki”, helped the business moved forward a step. The business was modernised and commenced production of a new product (kefir yogurt) increasing its competiveness, cutting its cost of production and upgrading the quality of its products.

Project results: 

A new quality product (kefir) of high nutritive value is being produced.

The turnover of the company has been increased by 20% in 2014 compared to the previous year.

The company has been growing and steadily at a growth rate of 15% annually.

The sales of the company will soon be expanded to other European Markets.