In response to the changing global markets, a dairy used Rural Development Programme (RDP) support to reorient its production and maintain its export potential.
During the 2007-2013 programming period, the ‘Jaunpils Dairy’ made investments supported by the European Union, which resulted in the reconstruction of its cheese factory to target the Russian market. When the Russian trade embargo began, the company was forced to make certain investments to adjust production to the new market realities.
The main investment went towards the expansion of the cheese production space, the purchase and installation of cheese/curd vats, the purchase of curd block forms and a foreign object detector. A cheese packer was purchased and installed as well as the construction of an industrial wastewater pre-treatment station.
Turnover is predicted to increase from 11.5million euro in 2017 to 12.3million euro in 2018, an increase of 7%.
Payments to farmers are predicated to increase from 6.8million euro in 2017 to 7.5 million euro in 2018, an increase of 10.3%.
Industrial wastewater pollution reduced by 38% in 2018, from 50 milligrams/litre of total nitrogen in 2017 to 31 milligrams/litre of total nitrogen in 2018.
Employment rose by 1.5% in 2018, going from 135 employees in 2017 to 137 in 2018.