WBD buys Ukrainian dairy plant

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Russian juice and yoghurt maker Wimm-Bill-Dann has announced the
acquisition of 75 per cent of Kharkovsky Dairy Plant in Ukraine for
$4.5 million (€4.55m).

Russian juice and yoghurt maker Wimm-Bill-Dann has announced the acquisition of 75 per cent of Kharkovsky Dairy Plant in Ukraine for $4.5 million (€4.55m).

Wimm-Bill-Dann (WBD), which says it has 30 per cent of the Russian market for juice and yoghurt, now has 18 processing plants in the CIS.

"The Kharkovsky dairy plant is a strong player on the Ukrainian market with a stable supply of raw materials, significant market share and well known brands,"​ Maxim Byrdin, head of Wimm-Bill-Dann's dairy business unit said in a statement.

Kharkovsky produces 2,500 tonnes a month of dairy products, including the popular "Domashny" cottage cheese, and held 8.7 per cent of the Ukrainian dairy market under ROMOL brand name, the statement said.

Wimm-Bill-Dann products are household names in Russia.

The company said in June its 2001 net income rose 49 per cent to $31.8 million.

It has said $108 million of that total will be used to buy new factories and modernise old ones.

Related topics: Manufacturers, Markets, Consolidation

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