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Amul's Milky Way, From India to America, Spreading the Taste of Tradition

Cream of the Crop, Amul's International Expansion Ushers in a New Era of Dairy Delights

26 March 2024

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Amul expands globally with its fresh milk products now available in the United States, marking its first venture outside India.

  • Partnering with the Michigan Milk Producers Association, Amul showcases its commitment to global expansion and quality.

  • Amul's journey, from humble beginnings to global recognition, reflects India's rise as the world's largest milk producer, driven by initiatives like Operation Flood led by Verghese Kurien.

Amul, a household name synonymous with the 'Taste of India,' has set foot into the international market with its fresh milk products now gracing the shelves of the United States. This landmark move not only marks Amul's debut outside of India but also signifies a significant stride towards its global expansion ambitions. Partnering with the esteemed Michigan Milk Producers Association, a 108-year-old dairy cooperative in the US, Amul has solidified its commitment to reaching consumers worldwide, showcasing its renowned quality and taste to American audiences.


Jayen Mehta, Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), expressed unwavering enthusiasm for this milestone, echoing Amul's vision to ascend as the largest dairy company globally. Mehta's reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision underscores the alignment of Amul's aspirations with national goals, emphasizing not just commercial success but also the brand's role in elevating India's presence on the global stage.


Prime Minister Modi's acknowledgment of Amul's journey, from its humble beginnings to its current status as a global dairy powerhouse, resonates deeply. Amul's products now grace over 50 countries, a testament to its enduring success and influence within the dairy industry. Such recognition underscores not just commercial success but also the socio-economic impact of Amul's model, empowering farmers and revolutionizing the dairy landscape.


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Amul's trajectory mirrors India's evolution from a milk-deficient nation to the world's largest milk producer. Initiatives like Operation Flood, spearheaded by visionaries like Verghese Kurien, have been instrumental in this transformation. By establishing dairy cooperatives across the country, India has not only achieved self-sufficiency but has also emerged as a global leader in milk production, reshaping the narrative of its agricultural landscape.


Operation Flood, launched in the 1960s, marked a watershed moment in India's dairy sector. Led by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) under Verghese Kurien's stewardship, this initiative aimed to replicate the successful 'Anand pattern' of dairy cooperatives nationwide. The impact of Operation Flood extends beyond economic metrics, embodying a socio-economic revolution that empowered farmers and transformed India's rural landscape.


Amul's foray into the US market represents more than just a business expansion; it symbolizes the culmination of decades of dedication, innovation, and resilience. From its inception in rural Gujarat to its global footprint, Amul exemplifies the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship and resilience. As it ventures into new territories, Amul carries forward not just the taste of India but also the ethos of empowerment and community that define its legacy.


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