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Damate Group is a Russian agricultural holding, involved in several businesses: turkey production and processing; dairy farming; milk processing; and lamb production and processing.

The company operates in several regions. The facilities of the vertically-integrated structure of the complex for turkey production Damate are located in Penza region, the leading processor of milk in the region – the Penza dairy processing plant also operates there. One of the most modern in Siberia dairy farms is dynamically developing in Tyumen region.  In 2018, Damate started a new business and took on a project for lamb production in Stavropol Territory. 

In total, more than 6 thousand people work at the enterprises all over the country.

Turkey Production and Processing

Damate Group is the Russian leader in turkey meat production. According to the results of 2019, Damate Group produced 131 thousand tons of turkey meat, which is 48% more than in 2018. A positive growth dynamics is the result of the systematic implementation of the project for expansion of production capacities up to 155 thousand tons per year, which the company plans to complete in 2020.

To date, Damate has done a great amount of work, some of the facilities have been commissioned and are operating successfully, and the project has entered the final stage. In 2019, one of the largest poultry processing plants in Europe was put into operation, additional turkey rearing and fattening sites are under construction at the moment, incubation capacity is increased, storage and feed production capacities are expanded, new fallow land is restored and agricultural equipment is acquired.

In 2020, the company plans to put into operation a turkey deep processing plant with a capacity of up to 214 tons of product per day. The factory will produce dry-cured sausages, ham, boiled sausages and sausage products, as well as ready-to-eat semi-finished products from 100% turkey meat.

The project for turkey production and processing has been launched by Damate Group in 2012, on the basis of a frozen project of another manufacturer. The company's specialists made significant changes to the technical documentation, corrected technological flaws, and increased the design capacity by several times. The implementation of the project was divided into several stages. In 2013, the company reached the design capacity of the first stage - 15 thousand tons of poultry meat per year, in 2014 the annual capacity was increased up to 30 thousand tons, at the beginning of 2016, the project reached the designed capacity of 60 thousand tons of products per year, and the company decided to increase it up to 155 thousand tons per year.

The financial partner of Damate during the project implementation is the Russian Agricultural Bank JSC. The total amount of investment of Damate in the project is 60.8 billion rubles.

The complex for turkey production is an example of the competent use of modern technologies and the introduction of innovative solutions. The company's production facilities are fitted with equipment from leading manufacturers; most of the processes are automated. Damate is the first company in the industry to introduce at its enterprises artificial intelligence technologies that can illuminate the human factor and positively affect production performance.

The plant for slaughter and processing of turkey Damate has no analogues in the country in terms of technological infrastructure, the processing of turkey meat at the new enterprise is brought to a high level of safety and quality. This was due to a number of innovative solutions, including a sanitary program, regular washing and disinfection of equipment, as well as production zoning and compliance with flow rules that exclude cross-contamination.

Workshops of the plant are equipped with 10 cutting lines, which simultaneously produce a wide range of products, which significantly reduces the time of order formation. The time from the start of cutting to the shipment of finished products is reduced to 8 hours. 80% of the products have fixed weight, which is one of the important competitive advantages of the enterprise.

An artificial intelligence system, which has no analogues in Russia, operates at sanitary inspection rooms of the new poultry processing plant. It guarantees the strict implementation of sanitary and hygienic requirements by employees of the enterprise and controls the access of employees to the workplace.

All indicators from production facilities are fed into a single situational center Damate, the specialists carry out continuous monitoring and analysis of production around the clock, quickly respond to deviations. Thanks to the system of mobile business monitoring created by Damate’s specialists, managers of all levels receive up-to-date information on the complex’s operation on mobile devices. Damate offers a wide range of Indilight branded semi-finished turkey meat products. The assortment line is represented by 400 SKUs and includes natural and chopped semi-finished products, sausages and delicacies. The brand Indilight holds a leading position in the turkey meat category – in 2017-2018, the company received the annual “Brand No.1 in Russia” consumer trust award. Products are presented in all federal districts of Russia from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, including the Republic of Crimea.

In 2015, Damate began to develop an export direction. The company has permissions for the supply of turkey meat products to the countries of the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union, and another 18 countries, including the UAE, the Persian Gulf, and Africa. In 2019, the company exported more than 1.4 thousand tons of turkey meat products. The largest volume of deliveries – 50% – fell on China, which became a new export destination for the company. The entry to the Chinese market is a logical development of the company's export strategy aimed at increasing the added value of its products and business.

For many years, Damate acts as a driver, contributes to the revival, development and prosperity of the territories where its production facilities are located. The company operates in the Nizhnelomov, Kolyshley, Vadinsk, Mokshansk, Spassk, Pachelmsk and Narovchatsk districts of Penza region. The emergence of new production sites is not only an increase in the volume of output, but also the creation of additional jobs, an increase in tax payments to the budgets of all levels, the emergence of a large number of related businesses serving the needs of the holding.

Damate Group is the largest employer in the agricultural sector of Penza region. Currently, more than 4 thousand people work at the enterprises included in the turkey production project. After reaching its design capacity the total number of employees will increase to 4.7 thousand.

The company provides employees with quality jobs and decent wages. Damate implements a social policy, which provides the company employees with a number of loyalty programs that are not provided for by the labor code of the Russian Federation. Among the most popular programs are “The provision of subsidies for food”, “Preferential prices for the products”, “Corporate events for employees and their children”, “Provision of material assistance” and others.

Dairy Farming

One of the most modern dairy complexes in Siberia – Tyumen Dairy Farms LLC is a part of Damate Group. The complex is located in the Golyshmanovsky district of Tyumen region is designed for keeping 4,600 cows, and the total number of stalls exceeds 11,5 thousand.

At the end of 2019, the gross milk yield at Damate increased by 36% compared to 2018 and amounted to 44 thousand tons.

As of January 2020, the total number of cattle at the complex in Tyumen is 10 thousand heads, of which 5 thousand are cows. The calf crop per month exceeds 450 heads; the number of cattle continues to grow. The average daily milk yield per a milking cow is 30.4 kg, the average daily milk yield for the entire complex is 136 tons. The company produces over 4 thousand tons of milk per month.

The complex Damate for 4,600 milking heads was officially commissioned in December 2017. In 2019, Damate expanded the complex up to 6 thousand goals. After reaching full capacity, the gross milk production will be 150 tons per day or 55 thousand tons per year. In accordance with the agreement signed earlier, Danone buys out a larger volume of milk produced at the complex.

The expansion project was financed from the company's own funds and at the expense of the credit resources of the Russian Agricultural Bank. The total cost of the project amounted to 6 billion rubles, of which 1 billion rubles was investments in the construction of the third stage.

The territory of the complex comprises 7 large cowsheds for the maintenance of the main herd, a maternity barn, 3 buildings for keeping heifers of a breeding age and bred heifers, 5 covered buildings of the calf village for keeping calves of the dairy period, and 4 buildings for growing hens from 5 to 12 months. The complex has all the necessary infrastructure, including a feed storage area.

In terms of technological infrastructure and the number of innovative developments, the Tyumen dairy farm is one of the most advanced in the country. All production decisions of Damate are aimed at well-being of animals in loose housing. Technological solutions are carefully thought out and provide maximum comfort for animals and the convenience of staff. The facilities of the complex are fitted with modern equipment from leading Russian and Western manufacturers.

The complex has a remote herd monitoring system that allows quickly searching for an animal, monitor behavioral reactions and staff compliance with regulations. Thanks to the innovation, the enterprise specialists are able to make operational decisions based on real-time data.

The maternity ward is equipped with artificial intelligence cameras that provide remote control of processes, the implementation of regulations and notification of personnel about the calf birth.

The complex has 2 milking parlors. The main milking parlor of the Carousel-type system is designed for 72 milking places and allows 5 employees to milk the whole herd in 7 hours with a minimum level of stress for animals.

The covered buildings of the calf village are fitted with individual cages and a forced ventilation system for newborn calves from 0 to 2 months old. Milk for feeding calves of the dairy period is prepared in a specially equipped dairy kitchen, located next to a small milking parlor, which has a capacity of 40 seats and is used for milking of newly calved cows.

One of the features of the complex is the absence of milk storage tanks. Milk directly goes to semi-trailer tanks, bypassing the extra stage of milk transfusion between containers. This allows minimizing risks of possible milk contamination, maintaining its high quality and reducing the period from the moment of milking until it’s delivered to the processing plant.

Particular attention at the dairy complex is paid to the optimization of diets and control over the feed dry matter consumption by animals. High-quality feed is the basis of the livestock ration at the dairy complex and the guarantee of stable milk production and high quality milk. To this end, the company develops a feed base and fully provides a growing livestock with feed of its own production.

Currently, the total land bank of the company in Tyumen region is almost 13 thousand hectares.

In the summer of 2019, the livestock breeding complex Damate was included in the state pedigree register and received the right to breed the Holstein-Friesian cattle. In 2019, Damate in partnership with Cogent (the official representative of ST Genetics in Russia) launched a genetic program aimed at maximizing the use of animal genetic potential through genomic assessment and individual selection of bull seed.

To date, 380 employees work at the dairy complex.

Milk Processing

The largest milk processor in Penza region and one of the oldest enterprises in the region – the Penza dairy processing plant Molcom is a part of Damate Group. At the end of 2019, Molcom produced 51 thousand tons of dairy products. Production volumes increased by 15% compared to the same period last year.

The next stage of production facilities modernization worth 1.5 billion rubles is being implemented at Molcom. The project is financed from the company's own funds and from the credit resources of the Russian Agricultural Bank. The purpose of modernization is to expand the assortment portfolio, improve product quality and increase processing volumes. Investments are aimed at the reconstruction and increase in the capacity of existing facilities, as well as the launch of new production lines.

In 2019, as part of modernization, the most important infrastructure sections were updated, new technological equipment was installed, a new line for the production of curd desserts was assembled and launched. In the spring of 2019, Molcom introduced a new product to the market - Dessertel branded cottage cheese mousses. The expansion also affected the range of soft cottage cheese and dairy products for children. An important stage of modernization was the implementation of the artificial intelligence project, which allows using machine vision to control the implementation of sanitary regulations by employees.

The modernization of the plant was started in 2012, when Molcom entered Damate Group. For several years, milk acceptance and storage areas were completely reconstructed and automated, new Alfa Laval pasteurization equipment was installed, the high-tech Obram line for the production of classic cottage cheese, cottage cheese production line by means of ultrafiltration and two PET bottling lines for milk and dairy products, line for bottling UHT milk of Tetra Pak company have been put into operation. In addition, the fleet of the enterprise has been renovated: new modern milk tankers, vehicles for delivering finished products to points have been purchased.

Today, Molcom is capable of processing up to 300 tons of raw milk per day. There are more than 100 SKUs, including milk, fermented milk products, thin and thermostatic yogurts, classic and soft cottage cheese, sour cream, cream, butter, baby food, cottage cheese mousses.

The company's products are produced in accordance with "Clean Label" concept, which implies a simple and clear composition, the absence of harmful additives, traditional recipes and careful processing of products while maintaining valuable nutrients of milk.

Today, the Penza dairy processing plant employs more than 700 people.

Lamb Production

At the end of 2018, Damate Group started a new area of ​​activity and began implementing a project for the production of mutton. The project is being carried out in the Stavropol Territory and the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. The company plans to produce about 12.6 thousand tons of products per year.

Investments in the new direction will amount to 2.68 billion rubles. These are the company's own funds and the raised funds of Rosselkhozbank JSC.

The project includes pedigree sites and feedlots, a meat processing plant and a service company. It is planned to construct and reconstruct breeding areas and sites in both regions, the total capacity of the facilities is 68 thousand cattle places.

The raw material base of the project is the farms of Stavropol and Karachay Cherkessia, with which Damate concluded long-term contracts. According to the terms of the agreements, Damate acts as a service company. Services include a qualitative improvement of the sheep gene pool, provision of the industry with modern genetic material in the meat sector, improvement of characteristics of the region’s meat industry, veterinary support of farms, staff training and provision of the meat processing plant with high-quality raw materials.

The advantages of the service Damate are the availability of foreign specialists from leading countries in sheep breeding, our own laboratory and veterinary facilities, and access to the latest insemination, feeding and veterinary technologies.

The company acquired a plant for lamb processing in Cherkessk and has already begun its modernization and reconstruction. As a result of full commissioning, the enterprise’s capacity will be 720 thousand heads per year. As part of the reconstruction, a new slaughter line with a high degree of automation will be installed; redevelopment of premises, replacement and modernization of utilities and equipment will be carried out.

The planned processing capacity is 42 tons of products per day or 12.6 thousand tons per year. The plant will produce natural semi-finished lamb meat products, meatballs, sausages and canned products. Products will be Halal and Kosher certified.

As a result of the project, about 500 new jobs will be created.