The Sholinganallur Dairy, the first automated dairy in South India was set up in 1996, with an installed capacity of 4 LLPD. The plant was initially designed for bulk milk despatch in milk tankers to the tune of 3.50 LLPD for milk vending booths and 50,000 litre as sachet milk. Subsequently, to cater to the changing market scenario and demand, bulk despatch was switched over to sachet milk in a phased manner and the dairy is now handling 4.50 lakh litre of milk per day.
During the last seven (2011-18) years, the handling capacity of this dairy has been increased to 6 LLPD by strengthening the infrastructure at the cost of Rs.10 crore to meet the increased demand of South Chennai and its peripheral consumers.
Further, Sholinganallur Dairy supplies milk to consumers of South Chennai through 40 hired route vehicles, 44 private agency vehicles, 4 milk Consumer Co-operative Society (MCCS) milk routes and 5 Federation milk routes.
Further, installation of Concentrated Solar Thermal System (CST) for generating steam of 1,000 – 1,100 kg per day at a cost of Rs.100 lakh replacing usage of furnace oil to the tune of 100 – 110 litres per day has resulted in savings of Rs.12 lakh per annum. This Dairy is certified with IS/ISO 9001:2008, IS 15000:1998 (HACCP) and IS/ISO 14001: 2004(EMS).
The expansion works of effluent treatment plant capacity from 4.5 LLPD to 7 LLPD is under progress.