History of the company
The history of the Galactika Group of Companies began in 1947with the construction of the Gatchina Dairy Plant. The plant began operating in July.
Back then all manufactured products - milk, cottage cheese, sour cream and butter - were made by hand. And the available production capacity was not enough to meet the growing needs of the population for the high-quality dairy products.
In 1960-1961 a reconstruction of the plant was carried out, and on July 22nd, 1961 the renovated production site was opened. Gatchina Dairy Plant had become one of the largest dairy enterprises of the Leningrad region. Its capacity amounted to about 50 tons per day.
In 1995 a production of the milk and dairy products in the cardboard packs had begun with the use of the equipment of the Tetra Pak (Sweden).
In 2000, the Galactika Group of Companies was established. It consisted of the Gatchina Dairy Plant and the Lenoblmoloko Trading Company (now – Galactika Trading Company).
In 2001-2003 Torosovo and Orlinskoye dairy farms - ones of the best enterprises in the Leningrad region joined the Galactika Group of Companies.
In 2003 Baby Food Plant was launched in Gatchina - a modern enterprise with a high degree of technological processes automation, equipped with Tetra Pak production lines.
In November, 2005, the dairy products manufactured under the Bolshaya Kruzhka brand had begun. The first released product was the UHT milk in 1.5 kg TBA Slim packaging (Tetra Pak).
In 2006, the shareholders of the Galactika company decided to expand the production – to build the Galactika dairy plant. Valio (Finland) and Tetra Pak (Sweden) had become the strategic partners of the project, which allowed to implement on the new enterprise the best practices of the leading companies in their industries.
On August 22nd, 2008, an opening of the Galactika plant was held - one of the most modern dairy enterprises in Europe. The opening ceremony was attended by Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, N.A. Arkhipov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, V.P. Serdyukov Governor of the Leningrad region, Pekka Laaksonen, President of Valio сompany, D.Yu. Olyunin, Chairman of the Board of VTB Bank, I.Yu. Akimov, Vice-President of Tetra Pak Russia and other officials. On November 24th, 2008 V.V. Putin, the Russian Prime Minister visited the Galactika Dairy Plant.
In 2011 a production of the dairy products under the Svezhee brand was launched. The assortment included the dairy products with a short shelf life (pasteurized milk, kefir, sour cream, etc.) in Tetra Top modern packaging, protecting the product from sunlight.
In 2012, the freeze-dried cultured dairy products produced at the Galactika plant for the first time became the participants of the space food program at the International Space Station, and were brought to the space orbit.
On January 29th, 2013 an official opening ceremony of Galactika Vyatka Dairy production was held in Falenki village of the Kirov region.
In 2014, the mass production of the dairy products was launched under the Sudarynya brand. The brand portfolio included the affordable dairy products (milk, cottage cheese, sour cream).
As of today the Galactika Group of Companies is one of the largest producers of the dairy products in Russia and the largest producer in the Northwest region. The Group includes the Galactika dairy plant, Baby Food Plant, Galactika Vyatka dairy plant, a number of the agricultural industrial enterprises of the Leningrad region, as well as the Galactika Trading Company. The total number of the employees is over 1,000 people. Galactika produces the dairy products under the Svezhee, Bolshaya Kruzhka and Sudarynya brands.
All production plants of the company are equipped with modern automated equipment, which guarantees the consumers a consistently high level of quality of the dairy products.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the most important components of the work of the Galactika Group of Companies
Mission and values
«Galactika» company sets high goals and wants to play important role in the life of the society. In order to achieve this we require the team of like-minded people, having common set of values.
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