India-based Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the marketer of the Amul brand of milk and dairy products, is set to invest around INR45bn ($769m) in the country by the end of 2016.

The proposed investment will be used in the establishment of 11 new milk processing plants across the country including five in Gujarat, three in Uttar Pradesh, two in Haryana and one in Kolkata.

GCMMF managing director RS Sodhi managing director said the company’s new dairy projects in Amreli, Bharuch, Surendranagar, Kutch and Bhavnagar will help to further increase its capacity.

"In the pipeline are new dairy projects at Rohtak, Faridabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and Kolkata. Once all these new plants are commissioned, our combined processing capacity will be enhanced by another 60 lakh litres per day," added Sodhi.

GCMMF claims that over the last three years, it has already increased its milk processing capacity from 170 lakh litres per day to 230 lakh litres per day.

In addition, the company will establish a cheese factory and a milk powder plant at its Banas cooperative dairy in Palanpur in Gujarat.

Amul plans to expand its product portfolio to cater to the increasing consumer demand over the future.

GCMMF has registered growth of 32.1%, in order to achieve turnover of INR181.4bn ($3.1bn) during 2013-14.