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Damate Group is a Russian agricultural holding, a category expert on the niche meat market. The company's portfolio includes projects for the production of turkey, duck, and lamb. In addition, Damate develops dairy farming, milk processing, and genetics.

Most of the company's production facilities have no analogues in Russia in terms of technological equipment and the number of implemented innovative solutions. Damate makes extensive use of information technology and artificial intelligence. The company pays special attention to the issues of biological and sanitary production safety and product quality.

Damate Group draws on the latest scientific achievements and world experience. The company has established a successfully operating R&D center, where scientific research is carried out in the most relevant areas of modern agriculture. On the basis of the center, several laboratories have been formed, specializing in the study, analysis and systematization of knowledge in the field of genetics, mathematical modeling, agronomy, technology and food products. The results of the research center are widely used in the daily operations of the company.

 The geography of Damate's activities covers several regions: Penza, Tyumen, Rostov regions and the North Caucasian Federal District. The company's products are sold throughout the country from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok and exported abroad.

The largest in Russia turkey complex with a complete production cycle is located in Penza region. A high-tech plant for deep processing of turkey was launched there as well. Damate Group owns the leading milk processor in the region – the Penza dairy processing plant or Molcom.

One of the most modern dairy complexes in Siberia is being successfully developed in Tyumen region, on the basis of which unique genetics and breeding projects are being implemented. Damate plans to build a turkey and a sheep farm in the region.

Damate has restarted complexes for the production of turkey and production of duck meat in Rostov region.

In the North Caucasian Federal District Damate develops the production of mutton. The project includes the construction of breeding farms and feedlots, the launch of a service company and the reconstruction of a meat processing plant.

Damate owns over 98 thousand hectares of land in the regions of its presence.

More than 9 thousand people work at the enterprises of the company throughout the country.

Turkey Production and Processing

Penza region, Rostov region

Damate Group is the Russian leader in turkey production. According to the results of 2020, Damate produced 151 thousand tons of turkey meat, which is 15% more than in 2019. The positive growth dynamics is due to the completion of the project for expansion of the capacity up to 155 thousand tons per year in Penza region, as well as the expansion of the geography due to the restart of the project in Rostov region.

Damate leased the facilities of the largest turkey production complex in Rostov region in the summer of 2020 and restored the production cycle from incubation to processing in six months.

In July 2020, Damate signed an agreement of intent, providing for the implementation of a project to build an ultra-modern breeding turkey farm for 12 million eggs worth about 4.8 billion rubles in Tyumen region. The launch of the farm will allow the process of obtaining hatching eggs to be transferred to the territory of Russia; this will significantly reduce dependence on imports, and also increase production indicators by optimizing logistics.

In July 2020, Damate, the government of Tyumen region and Rosselkhozbank JSC, signed an agreement of intent, which provides for the implementation of a project for the construction of a turkey pedigree breeding unit for 12 million eggs worth about 4.8 billion rubles in the region within two years. The facility will consist of 10 poultry sites (five for replacement young turkeys, five for parent stock), designed for one-time planting of 137.5 thousand birds. The launch of the pedigree breeding unit will make it possible to transfer the process of obtaining a hatching turkey egg to the territory of the Russian Federation, thereby significantly reducing dependence on imports, as well as increasing production indicators by optimizing logistics.

Project in Penza region

In July 2021, Damate announced the expansion of its capacity from 155 up to 207 thousand tons per year. The company will invest 12.6 billion rubles; these are Damate's own funds and credit recourses of the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank JSC). The total investment in the project for turkey meat production with the expansion will amount to about 74 billion rubles.

As part of the expansion it is planned to increase the main production capacity, to build 128 new poultry houses, including 32 rearing and 96 fattening houses in Penza region. Thus, the total number of the company's poultry houses in the region will increase up to 652.

Damate will also additionally invest in the modernization of utility lines, construction and commissioning of additional high-tech infrastructure facilities.

Among the most significant works in this direction is the reconstruction of the rendering workshop, where the production of meat and bone meal and technical fat from slaughterhouse waste is carried out.

Currently, work on the expansion of the project has already begun, to reach the planned production capacity and continue to increase up to 207 thousand tons by the end of 2023.

Today, the vertically integrated complex with a complete production cycle in Penza region includes: 2 incubators with a total capacity of 24.2 million eggs per year, 520 breeding farms and feedlots, 3 elevators with a storage capacity of 210 tons, 2 feed mills for 448 thousand tons feed per year and a high-tech plant for slaughter and processing of turkey with a capacity of 155 thousand tons per year.

The turkey production and processing project was launched by Damate in 2012 on the basis of a mothballed project from another manufacturer. The company's specialists made significant changes to the technical documentation, corrected technological shortcomings, and increased the designed capacity several times. The implementation of the project was carried out in several stages. In 2013, the company’s production capacity reached 15 thousand tons of turkey meat per year, in 2014 the annual capacity was doubled, and at the beginning of 2016 the project reached the planned capacity of 60 thousand tons of products per year, it was decided to expand it up to 155 thousand in year.

   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.

Damate turkey slaughter and processing plant

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.

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.

Turkey deep processing plant

In July 2021, Damate has opened the largest plant in Europe with a capacity of 303 tons per day. It is located in the Nizhnelomov district of Penza region on the same site with the turkey slaughter and processing plant, which is logistically convenient for the delivery of raw materials for the production of products.

The project cost is 9 billion rubles. The construction of the plant was carried out within the framework of the investment agreement between Damate, the Government of Penza region and the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank JSC).

The object includes 5 workshops

Workshop

Capacity

1

Workshop for the production of ham and sous vide products

87 tons per day

2

Workshop for the production of boiled sausage products

128 tons per day

3

Workshop for the production of dry-cured sausage products

8 tons per day

4

Workshop for ready-to-eat meals

80 tons per day

5

Robotic semi-finished products warehouse

27 tons per hour

Damate plant is an example of the competent implementation of modern technologies in food production. It applies the most advanced solutions in the field of deep processing, installed automated production lines, more than 500 pieces of equipment from leading world manufacturers. The production of products from 100% turkey meat is carried out in 2 shifts, each 8 hours long.

The plant produces a wide range of products from 100% turkey meat with a high protein and low fat content. The assortment includes: dry-cured sausages, hams, boiled sausages and sausage products, sous vide culinary products, as well as ready-to-eat semi-finished products.

The company has created 700 jobs.

   Project in Rostov region

In the summer of 2020, Damate began implementation of a project to restart the production of turkey meat in Rostov region. Within 6 months the company restored all stages of production. The following ones were put into operation: an incubator, poultry houses for parent stock, rearing and fattening houses, a feed mill, an elevator and a poultry processing plant. In 2021, Damate continues to gradually increase its capacity up to the planned indicators.

Thanks to the launch of a poultry processing plant with a planned capacity of 85 thousand tons per year, Damate began production at the end of 2020. The work of all production facilities has been resumed at the plant. Weighing is carried out manually, which allows controlling the condition and quality of each individual bird. The immobilization of the bird occurs with the help of an electric current. The enterprise has a semi-automatic evisceration line. The carcass is cooled in two stages: an immersion chilling and an evaporative air chilling, which excludes thermal burns and meat chapping. Some of the processes in the cutting department are automated, which significantly increases productivity compared to manual labor. There are possibilities for packaging in a tray with a protective atmosphere, vacuum packaging, as well as in a tray with stretch film. This makes it possible to produce a wide range of turkey products, including chilled and frozen semi-finished products (breast fillets, thighs, drumsticks and others), chilled and frozen by-products. It is planned to release such semi-finished products as cutlets, kebabs and sausages. The products are sold under Indilight brand.

During the restart of the facilities, special attention was paid to issues of biological and sanitary safety, which is of particular importance in the restoration of capacities and the production of turkey meat.

Among the most notable solutions - the installation of sanitary locks at production sites, guaranteeing 100% sanitation and shower treatment of employees; introduction of a fundamentally new technology of separate keeping of males and females, which allows to reduce the production risks of the enterprise. This very technology has been used for many years at Damate sites in Penza region and shows good results.

During the restart, the functionality of the company's laboratory center was significantly expanded. In particular, accelerated methods for the study of food products for sanitary and bacteriological indicators have been introduced, the company plans to launch of a new diagnostic laboratory equipped with PCR devices in the near future.

Duck Production

In 2020, Damate Group and Rosselkhozbank JSC signed an agreement on the assignment of claims under the obligations of Donstar LLC, which owns the largest complex in Russia for the industrial production of duck meat. New Duck Farms LLC (entering Damate Group) became the new creditor.

Production facilities are located in the Millerovo district of Rostov region, the total production capacity is 16.5 thousand tons of duck meat per year.

The vertically-integrated structure of the complex includes a complex for breeding a parent herd, a platform for growing commercial duck, a processing plant, as well as an elevator and a compound feed production workshop.

Damate plans to lease the property complex Donstar LLC, conduct its technological audit, take measures to eliminate technological risks and resume production activities in 2020.

Restarting high-tech industrial duck production at a higher quality level under the control of Damate Group and with the financial support of Rosselkhozbank JSC will restore jobs, reduce social tension in the region, and resume tax payments to the budget.

Dairy Farming

Damate Group includes the most modern dairy complex in Siberia – the Tyumen dairy farms, which designed to produce 55 thousand tons of raw milk per year. The farm is located in the Golyshmanovo district of Tyumen region. The farm is designed for 6 thousand cows and 11,5 thousand cattle stalls

In accordance with the agreement signed earlier, Danone buys out the entire volume of milk produced at the complex.

At the end of 2020, the milk production at Damate increased by 15% compared to 2019 and amounted to 53 thousand tons.

In the summer of 2019, the cattle-breeding complex of Damate Group was included in the state breeding register and received the right to breed Holstein-Friesian cattle. In 2019, Damate in partnership with Cogent (the official representative of ST Genetics in Russia), launched a highly scientific genetic program aimed at maximizing the genetic potential of animals through genomic assessment and individual selection of bull semen. In 2020 Damate started selling breeding heifers.

The Damate livestock complex for 4,600 dairy cows was officially commissioned in December 2017. In July 2020, Damate launched the third production stage of the complex, which provides for an increase in the dairy herd up to 6 thousand heads.

The total cost of the Damate project was 6 billion rubles.

The complex Damate for 4,600 milking heads was officially commissioned in December 2017.

In July 2020, Damate put into operation the third stage of the complex, which provides for an increase in the dairy herd up to 6 thousand heads. 

The total cost of the project amounted to 6 billion rubles.

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.

Special attention at the dairy complex is paid to scientifically grounded optimization of diets and control over the consumption of fodder by animals. The high-quality feed is a guarantee of stable milk production and high quality of milk. For this purpose the company is developing the fodder base and fully provides the growing livestock with feed of its own production. 

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

Today the dairy complex employs over 400 employees.

 

Milk Processing

Damate Group includes the largest milk processor in Penza region and one of the oldest enterprises in the region – the Penza dairy processing plant or Molcom. Today Molcom is capable of processing up to 300 tons of milk per day.

By the end of 2020, Molcom produced over 57 thousand tons of dairy products. Production volumes increased by 11.4% over the same period last year.

The next stage of modernization of production worth 1.5 billion rubles is underway at Molcom. The project is financed from the company's own funds and from the credit resources of the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank). The purpose of modernization is to expand the assortment portfolio, improve product quality and increase the volume of processing. The investments provide for the reconstruction and increase in the capacity of existing facilities, as well as the launch of new technological lines.

An important stage in the modernization was the implementation of an artificial intelligence project, which allows using machine vision to monitor 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 pasteurization equipment was installed, the high-tech  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 production of dairy products for children were 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. Reconstruction of the finished product warehouse for 560 tons of one-time storage was completed.

The assortment of the enterprise comprises more than 150 types of products, including milk, dairy products, thin and thermostatic yoghurts, classic cottage cheese, soft cottage cheese, sour cream, cream, butter, baby food, curd 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 more than 700 people work at the Penza dairy processing plant.

Lamb Production

At the end of 2018, Damate opened a new direction of activity and started to implement a project for the production of mutton. The project is being implemented in the North Caucasian Federal District.

The company plans to produce about 12.6 thousand tons of products per year. Investments in the new business direction amount to 2.7 billion rubles. These are the company's own funds and borrowed funds from Rosselkhozbank JSC.

Feeding grounds

Damate has put into operation 2 fattening sites for rearing and fattening in Stavropol Territory. The sites designed for 14 thousand heads. Investments in the site amounted to 144 million rubles. The launch of the new enterprise has created 50 jobs in the region.

The sites include four sheepfolds equipped with feed dispensers and an automated drinking system; a shelter for sorting sheep and a shelter for machinery and feed; warehouse for storing feed.

In April 2021, Damate began construction of a sheep feeding site with a capacity of 50 thousand heads in the Karachai-Cherkess Republic. Investments in the project will amount to 540 million rubles. The first stage of the feedlot will be launched in the summer, and the work will be fully completed at the beginning of 2022. The site consists of sheds for livestock, outdoor run and feeding tables. In addition, an administrative building, a feed warehouse, biological safety facilities will be built, all the necessary communications will be carried out.

Damate brings sheep from farms of the North Caucasian Federal District to the feeding grounds. Upon arrival at the site, the animals are sorted, shaved and settled in the sheepfold for fattening. Here the lambs are raised to the required weight within 45-60 days and sent to Damate plant for slaughter and processing in Cherkessk.

Damate was the first in Russia to start working with sheep-breeding farms on the basis of the contract farming model traditionally used in large western agricultural holdings. A fundamentally new approach implies that Damate concludes long-term contracts with the heads of the farms, under the terms of which the service company Damate provides resource and consulting support to them.

Damate's specialists advise and provide services to farmers in the field of feeding, veterinary medicine, genetics and breeding in accordance with modern technologies and standards of the agricultural industry. The farms are the raw material base of the project and undertake to supply Damate at a pre-agreed price a certain amount of products in accordance with the specified quality requirements.

The advantages of the Damate service company are the presence of foreign specialists from the leading countries in sheep breeding, its own laboratory and veterinary base, access to the most modern technologies of insemination, feeding and veterinary medicine.

To process mutton, the company acquired a meat processing plant in Cherkessk and has already begun its reconstruction. The reconstruction will be completed in 2021. As a result of the full commissioning, the capacity of the enterprise will be 300 heads per hour. The company plans to produce 42 tons of products per day.

As part of the project, a modern product quality control system will be installed at each stage of production. To comply with sanitary standards, the production will be zoned to “dirty” and “clean” zones. During the reconstruction of the plant Damate uses the most modern technical equipment.

An important part of the project will be the installation of improved local treatment systems and the organization of the processing of industrial waste of the enterprise.

The plant plans to produce high-quality natural semi-finished products from mutton meat, minced meat, marinades and canned food. The products will be Halal and Kosher certified. As a result of the project, it is planned to create about 450 new jobs.

In September 2020, Damate began issuing grants to farmers in the North Caucasus Federal District, aimed at developing and supporting farming in the region.

Genetics

The development of genetics is an important part of the mutton production project. The company is actively engaged in breeding aimed at improving the number of sheep in the North Caucasus Federal District and creating highly efficient cattle.

The company conducts scientific research in the field of improving the genetic potential of small cattle, applies the best international practices and its own experience. The principle of operation is based on crossing local sheep breeds with the best foreign ones. For selection and breeding work on the territory of the NCFD, were chosen several purebred sheep breeds of foreign selection: Charolais, Poldorset, Ile de France, Swifter, Texel, Zwartbles and Blue-faced Leister. The cattle is brought from leading suppliers of the UK and the Netherlands. All individuals are listed in the international SIGNET database, which contains complete information about highly productive sheep breeds from all over Europe.

Breeding will improve the meat characteristics of local breeds and the quality of carcasses, increase the weight and slaughter yield, increase the fertility of sheep.

Young animals born as a result of crossing have a number of advantages compared to traditional breeds grown in the North Caucasus Federal District: the animals quickly gain weight, have greater endurance, are characterized by low feed conversion, that is, with the same volumes of feed consumption as the original sheep breeds, the animals of the selected breeds have a greater weight gain.

Project in Tyumen

In July 2020, Damate, the government of Tyumen region and Rosselkhozbank JSC signed an agreement of intent, providing for the implementation of a project to build a sheep breeding farm in the region within two years. The project will be completed in 2 years and will cost about 1 billion rubles.

The agreement provides for the creation of a unique selection and genetic project for sheep breeding, which has no analogues in the world. Investments will be directed to the construction of a sheep breeding farm for 4 thousand ewes in Tyumen region, which will include sites for 10.8 thousand places, a laboratory for the selection and storage of semen with a capacity of more than 200 thousand doses and 2 thousand embryos per year, its own summer pasture and land bank for feed production.

Damate will be engaged in the creation and sales of breeding material, will create the first reference base of small ruminants in Russia. The implementation of the project will increase the breeding effect and improve the Russian sheep gene pool through the transfer of the latest breeding and genetics technologies.