It is a well-known fact that Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) is India’s largest dairy concern.

Less known, however, is the size of some of its constituent district-level unions.

The Banaskantha and Mehsana district milk producers’ unions saw sales of roughly ₹4,300 crore each in 2013-14. This was more than Nestle India’s gross sales of ₹4,071.22 crore from its ‘milk products and nutrition’ business in 2013.

The two unions’ average milk procurement of 25-29 lakh litres per day (LLPD) is higher than the 20 LLPD by the Chennai-based Hatsun Agro Product Ltd.

The latter, India’s largest private sector dairy by milk volumes handled, recorded net sales of ₹2,481.20 crore in 2013-14.

GCMMF’s top five unions – Banaskantha, Mehsana, Kaira, Sabarkantha and Surat – procure over 10 LLPD each. This is more than the 8.33 LLPD by Heritage Foods Ltd, a leading Hyderabad-based listed dairy company with net sales of ₹1,328.19 crore in 2013-14.