December 4, 2020

COVID-19 Influence: Demand for longer shelf life UHT milk boosts as client need to cut back variety of visits to the dairies



Pune: The Covid pandemic has boosted demand for extremely excessive temperature (UHT) handled milk as folks attempt to cut back the variety of visits to take advantage of parlours by stocking milk with longer shelf life. Whereas dairies which have been current on this section skilled a soar in demand, Maharashtra-based Gokul dairy, with an annual turnover of Rs 2500 crore, has entered this section to cater to the pandemic-induced demand.

The massive dairies which have been already promoting UHT milk skilled elevated demand through the lockdown. “The tetra pack milk class within the preliminary days of the lockdown had seen immense demand because of panic shopping for amongst customers, and the demand stabilized within the later days,” mentioned a Mom Dairy, spokesperson.

this behavioural change of the patron, Kolhapur-based Gokul has determined to enter this class with launch of UHT handled milk with six months of shelf life.

“The shopping for conduct in Mumbai is shifting in the direction of Tetra Pack milk because of its larger shelf life and ease of use. It offers the client the chance to inventory the product for month-to-month provide. This sample has seen an enormous soar throughout Covid and lockdown occasions, whereas following social distancing norms,” mentioned Ravindra Apte, chairman, Kolhapur Zilla Sahakari Dudh Utpadak Sangh Ltd, which sells its milk underneath the Gokul model.

Dairies have already skilled a shift of customers from unfastened milk and smaller manufacturers to packaged milk from the larger manufacturers. The choice for contemporary milk can also be due to its affordability. RS Sodhi, chairman, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Advertising Federation, the maker of Amul, famous this.

“Of the 5.25 crore litre of packaged milk bought each day within the nation, round 5% is UTH milk, which has a shelf life of three to six months. The demand is extra within the historically milk deficit states. Nevertheless through the pandemic, demand for UHT milk has elevated by about 15%,” Sodhi mentioned.

Gokul goals to achieve 20 per cent market share in a few years of the present 5 lakh litres of general Tetra Pack milk market dimension in Mumbai and plans to take its UHT milk to Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, the north japanese states and Goa, the place availability of contemporary milk is restricted. It has plans to arrange a separate facility at Mumbai that can even have a Tetra packaging facility.