We commenced processing and distributing milk and dairy products in 1956, with our first processing plant at Narahenpita. With the machinery, equipment and technology donated under Colombo Plan and subsequent schemes, MILCO operates dairy processing factories at Colombo, Digana, Ambewela and Polonnaruwa.
However, MILCO factories did not have modern technology introduced. Well-known issue in Highland milk powder, difficulty to dissolve in water, is caused due to unavailability of the developed technology.
While competitive manufacturers in the world are rapidly moving towards automated dairy processing, MILCO wanted to be in par. Hence, a huge project was commenced in 2012 to modernize the factories at Digana, Polonnaruwa and Ambewela. The investment was Euro 33.7 million. The project will complete by end of 2016 when the consumers will be able to experience the products made in new environment with higher level of hygiene and in soma cases with new packaging, new texture and more.