FrieslandCampina opens new cheese production line in Romania
FrieslandCampina opens a new cheese production line which triples its cheese production capacity and consolidates its investment in Romania.
On Tuesday the 1st of August 2017, Dutch dairy manufacturer FrieslandCampina which makes the Napolact dairy brand, opened a new (white) cheese production line at the Napolact factory near Cluj-Napoca, following an investment of EUR1.3 million. The new production line will triple the factory's capacity to 300–350 tonnes of cheese per month.
The opening ceremony included speeches of Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Ivan Ilarie, special advisor of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Emar Gemmeke, Agricultural Counsellor of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Romania. FrieslandCampina Romania general manager Cornel Caramizaru said FrieslandCampina makes safe products in a sustainable and responsible manner while promoting the family farm principle as the source of its milk. Napolact is the company's main brand and the company invests EUR3 million a year in upgrades aimed at capacity and efficiency growth, optimisation of production processes and development of new products under the Napolact brand.
FrieslandCampina has two factories, in Baciu, near Cluj-Napoca, and in Targu-Mures. The Napolact factory in Baciu has 180 employees and the company collects 200,000 litres of milk daily from 13 counties in Transylvania, mainly from farms with up to 25 cows. FrieslandCampina is one of the largest players on the Romanian dairy market, with net sales of RON331 million (EUR74 million) in 2016.