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Piloting domestic production of protein components

Publication date: 23.04.2020
Last updated: 05.10.2020
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Medicine, health and pharmaceutical industry
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Medicine, health and pharmaceutical industry
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Medicine, health and pharmaceutical industry
Project type
  • Launch of new products within existing production
  • Expansion of existing production
Project budget
12,945,000  thousand rubles
Need for external investment
10,356,000  thousand rubles
Form of required financing
  • Debt financing / bank loan


Project description

Piloting domestic production of protein components — used as base for dried dairy formula for newborns and babies under 6 months of age.

Breastfeeding has been declining in popularity in Russia. Currently, the percentage of breastfed babies is 20–40%. This means that more than a million babies under 6 months of age have a daily need for formula.

Dried milk mixtures, or breast milk substitutes (the substitutes) are primarily based on demineralized milk whey (DMW 90). Russia does not produce any DMW 90 at the moment. 
The project proposes to set up in Russia a domestic production of components for manufacturing a recombinant of the DMW 90 mixture, with enhanced properties and based on A2 cow milk.

The novelty of the manufacturing process is as follows:
1. The first stage ensures enrichment of input material with whey protein. It is proposed to achieve this by blending cow milk with Russian-made colostrum instead of cheese whey (used in the standard process). Bovine colostrum possesses unique properties and it is not used in production in Russia today.
2. For elimination of pathogenic bacteria, it is proposed to do on-flow treatment of the material flow with pulsed nanosecond exposures to ion-beam irradiation (i. e., cold pasteurization), preceded with bactofuge pre-cleaning of the enriched milk. This is intended instead of traditional pasteurization, thus enabling appropriate anti-bacterial treatment while preserving the beneficial qualities of whey proteins.
3. Ultra-filtration technology is proposed for removal of the dead bacteria. The use of ultrafiltration (i. e., molecular separation of milk) and the use of diafiltration and reverse osmosis units should also enable maximum possible extraction of active whey protein from the milk—colostrum mixture.
4. The final process stage provides separation of protein components and ensures the desired composition of mixture. The resulting mixture is then dried.

The goal of the project is to create a production facility at the existing dairy plant owned by Pobeda-1 Group of Companies to launch production of protein components to be used in infant nutrition, sport and functional nutrition; to build out the raw material supply structure for the project by newly creating 12 modern dairy farms, total headcount 14,400 animals.

The integrated project aims to utilize active whey proteins for production of adapted premium-quality liquid and ready-to-consume infant formulas as well as breast milk substitutes. In addition to the aforementioned products, it is planned to produce protein-enriched dairy products (butter for baby food — GOST 33633-2015, quark for baby food — GOST 32927-2014, cheese for baby food — GOST 33631-2015).

Implementation of the integrated project also provides for setting up experimental production to develop and manufacture prototypes of functional and therapeutic nutrition based on bovine immunoglobulins and intended for patients with various viral and bacterial diseases.

Implementation of the integrated project will deliver:
– capabilities to supply domestic companies with Russian-made components for production of formulas for newborns and babies under 6 months of age;
– opportunities to reduce the market price for adapted dry dairy formulas by more than 30% through elimination of import duties, VAT and transportation costs;
– foodstuffs of better quality, increased temperature stability and protein activity;
– better safety of foodstuffs (monitoring of production inputs);
– domestic supply base for further development of enteral nutrition, sport and functional nutrition.

Description of project services and / or products

Products: protein components (high-quality whey protein isolate), lactose (high purity), casein protein concentrate, whey-enriched dairy products (quark, sour cream, yogurts, etc.)

Сontacts of the regional development institute
Ministry of Investment and Development of the Sverdlovsk region
Mikheicheva Ekaterina Valerevna
8(343) 312-00-31 доб. 426
Project company