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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Agricultural Dairy Cooperative of Kalavryta resulted from the transformation -under Law 4015/2011 - of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Kalavryta.

The Union was founded in December 1963 by the stock breeders of the region of the Kalavryta District, who created a second-level institution on the basis of first-level credit and dairy cooperatives.

Initially, the Union focused on credit and supply activities on behalf of its member cooperatives, grant management, accounting services etc.

In 1972, it was decided to establish a milk processing plant for the production of dairy products by collecting and using milk from the wider region on a cooperative basis. The plant was located at a distance of approximately two (2) hours from the city of Kalavryta on the provincial road Kalavryta-Patras.

The plant started its operation in 1974, producing mainly barrel-aged traditional feta cheese known as “Kalavryta Feta Cheese” or “Feta Cheese from the Union or the Cooperative of Kalavryta”. The plant’s operation has been important for the wider region as it has substantially improved the income of stock breeders in the area of Kalavryta.

From 1982 to 2007, the Union benefited from its integration in four (4) development and investment programs, as well as from the constant reinvestment of its available own funds in order to modernize its cheese dairy and create state-of-the-art infrastructures.

In this context, it established, among others, the feed yeast production plant in Kalavryta in 1986 and another similar production unit in Kleitoria in 2004.

In 2003, it started and completed the establishment of a sewage treatment plant for the processing and disposal of liquid waste.

In 2002, it started investing in the establishment of a protein processing unit under the name “Achaea Proteins” by a private operator close to the dairy, which came into operation in 2004 with the encouragement and support of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Kalavryta. This new plant, combined with the sewage treatment plant, provided an integrated environmental solution to the issue of whey management.

Furthermore, a new investment plan amounting to EUR 3.7 million was submitted to the Ministry of Rural Development and Food in December 2011, in the context of measure 123 Α of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Program for the development of the milk area of the wider region of Kalavryta and for the modernization of the dairy factory.

The adaptation to the provisions of Law 4015/2011 started in March 2012 and was completed in September 2013. During that period, the General Meeting of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives decided its conversion into a primary cooperative. At the same time, the General Meetings of thirty-four (34) primary cooperatives, members of the Union, decided to merge and to be incorporated in the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, which was then under transformation.

Thereafter, a series of General Meetings were held to approve the merger agreement, the audits by Certified Accountants on the assets of all merging parties and the new Articles of Association. After the approval of the new Articles of Association by the District Civil Court, elections were announced in September 2013, resulting in the election of a new seven-member (7) Board of Directors and a three-member (3) Supervisory Board for a term of four (4) years.