Growing Indonesian dairy says it’s 'open' to working with Irish industry
A delegation from Bord Bia, the Department of Agriculture and members of the media met with the managing team of Milkco, one of Indonesia’s fastest growing dairy companies on the first day of its trade mission to South-East Asia today.
Milkco produces flavoured milk drinks for children, along with cereal based milk drinks. It employs more than 230 people and imports the majority of its dairy from the US. It has recently secured a contract to make products for Nestle.
The company is currently working with three local dairy farmers in Indonesia to teach them about quality and how to run a dairy business and requires all employees to give blood regularly.
Milkco Director Lira Oktaviani told the Irish delegation that the company aims to become one of the major players in the Indonesian dairy industry in the coming years and is open to doing business with the likes of Ireland in order to achieve this goal.
“Since we aren’t as large as other processors we are open and flexible to exporting and not as rigid as larger companies. We like to work together with other multi-nationals and recently received samples of skim milk powder from Ornua,” she said.
When negotiating with possible exporters, she added that quality and halal certification (ensuring animals are slaughtered according to Muslim guidelines) are factors that are important to them and said that competitiveness is a must.
“Competitiveness is important. You will say to us you are the best and the US will also say that, so you need to show how you stand out,” she said.
While consumption of milk in Indonesia currently stands at 12-13 litres per capita, at present consumption of sterilised liquid milk is growing at a rate of 10-20pc each year as people in Indonesia are becoming more health conscious.