Company AB „Pieno žvaigždės“, founded in 1998, is the biggest and the most modern milk-processing company in the Baltic states.
At present it unites the following milk – processing companies: Mažeikiai dairy, Kaunas dairy, Pasvalys cheese-making plant and runs the company AB „Panevėžio pienas“.
Not only do we try to manufacture fresh, healthy and good products, but we also support the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee. We help our sportsmen and sportswomen to achieve their victories. Moreover, we take part in ecology projects, promoting utilization of the used packaging which is useful to people and does not harm nature.
The vision of this company is to become a modern manufacturing and management company that holds strong positions in the Baltic market and receives permanent and long-term profit.
The mission of this company is to manufacture only the highest quality dairy products that are free of preservatives and that would guarantee healthy nutrition and, at the same time, would make the food preparation process much easier.
The slogan of the company is „Dairy products for healthy life“!
The company „Pieno žvaigždės“ is one of the biggest food manufacturers in the Baltic countries. In the local market, the company is known for its dairy products: milk, fermented milk, butter, and cream, various types of curd, yogurts, milk deserts and enzyme cheese.
The major share of the exported products is comprised of semi-dry enzyme cheese, butter, dry separated milk and whey milk powder. At present, the greatest amount of products is being exported to the European Union and Baltic countries, Russia, CIS, Japan and the USA.
At present companies under the company „Pieno žvaigždės“ manufacture products of more than 500 different names. With regard to the European tendencies and the ever changing needs of customers we constantly renew our product range and offer our customers new products every year. Companies are constantly modernised and the latest technologies, the most modern manufacturing and packaging equipment, quality laboratories are being installed. In order to deliver the products made to supermarkets and consumers in the shortest time, systems of product ordering, transportation and storage are under constant modernisation.
In the year 2002, the company and separate companies running under the company were granted ISO quality certificates. Therefore, we are obliged to work efficiently, guaranteeing the high quality of the products manufactured.
As the company „Pieno žvaigždės“ is constantly introducing new products, it is often called the „dairy fashion dictator“. In the markets of Lithuania, Baltic countries and Russia the following trademarks are popular and favoured: DVARAS (the family of natural pasteurised milk products), BIOS (the family of products with bifido-bacteria), MŪ (milk in aseptic packaging), SMILGA (premium deserts and yogurt group), MŪSŲ (the most popular and varied product group), BIOLA (pro-biotic drink with Lactase bacteria), OKTAVA (fresh cream ice-cream), JO (the most popular yogurt in the local market), SVALIA (semi-dry enzyme cheese, the main among the products exported).
Nutrition specialists appreciate products of this company for their quality, taste and novelty. Since the establishment of the company „Pieno žvaigždės“, the specialists look into the future and work as a harmonious family. They create a better and healthier life for their customers, partners, country and themselves.
Branch „Kauno pienas“
In the year 2000 reconstruction started in the branch of AB „Pieno žvaigždės“ „Kauno pienas“. Substantial renovation was taking place – from the department of milk reception to the product packaging lines. All manufacturing shops were renewed, novel product preparation, manufacturing and packaging lines were installed, reconstruction of facilities for manufacturing new products was made, modern laboratory equipment for testing dairy products were obtained. The investments into restructuring of the plant amounted to LTL 30 000 000.
In the year 2003 reconstruction of the branch of „Pieno žvaigždės“ company „Kauno pienas“ was over and presently technologies used in it are among the most modern in Europe .
Modern equipment uses as well as technologies employed enable to manufacture fresh high quality products having long selling terms without using any chemical additives.
In the year 2001 a system of analysis of risk factors at the most important points of management was introduced. It may be regarded as the first stage of implementing a contemporary quality management system. Standard ISO 9001 has been implemented in „Kauno pienas“ in the year 2002. The number of employees of „Kauno pienas“ amounts to 840 persons.
Production capacity of the plant – 165 tons of milk per shift and monthly turnover amounts to LTL 7 million. Consumer is offered 150 titles of products which may be divided into 12 groups: milk, skimmed milk – based drinks, yogurts and yogurt – based drinks, cream, butter, curd, Lithuanian cheese, coated cheese, melted cheese, deserts, etc.
Manufacturing and offering the consumers such dairy products which, by their quality and price, correspond to their expectations is the most important goal the branch of AB „Pieno žvaigždės“ – company „Kauno pienas“.
Branch „Mažeikių pieninė“
With the development of milk- based economy a necessity to organise milk collection, processing and sales
institutions emerged. Establishment of milk – processing industries on co – operation basis started. Companies „Lietūkis“ and „Gamintojas“ (Šiauliai) were among the first to establish co – operative dairies. Similarly, on co – operative basis, in the year 1926 at the crossing of Tirkšliai and Seda streets a dairy of Mažeikiai belonging to Mažeikiai Co – operation Union was founded. Already in the year 1936 the dairy was capable of buying – up 1300 tones of milk annually.
Until October 12, 1948 the dairy of Mažeikiai was owned by the company „Pieno Centras“and later on – by „Masloprom“. Beginning with January 1, 1951 butter plant of Mažeikiai used to belong to Klaipėda region Butter – cheese manufacturing trust, from January 1, 1954 – to Šiauliai Butter – cheese manufacturing trust and later on – to Šiauliai Milk center. In the process of amalgamation of butter manufacturing plants attached to the dairy of Mažeikiai were dairies of Laižuva ( 1952), dairy of Lūšė (1955) and dairy of Seda, the amalgamated company turning into Mažeikiai Central butter manufacturing plant.
At the beginning of the year 1972, from old premises situated at the crossing of Tirkšliai and Seda streets, the plant was transferred to a new building situated in the north – west part of the town, at the beginning of Skuodas street . Designed capacity of the plant was to process 70 tones of milk per day. Beginning with July 1, 1976 the Central butter manufacturing plant separated from Šiauliai Milk center turning into Mažeikiai Butter manufacturing plant and becoming directly subject to the Ministry of meat and milk of the Lithuanian SSR. The manufacturing area of the plant included two shops in Mažeikiai and in Akmenė. Later on, beginning with April 1, 1977 , amalgamated to it was dairy of Skuodas, which formerly belonged to Klaipėda Milk center.
Within the period 1977 – 1978 a reconstruction of the plant took place processing capacities reaching 110 tones of milk. In the years 1982 – 1983 butter manufacturing shop was reconstructed, installing two Germany – made FBFS type continuously operating butter manufacturing lines having capacity of 2 tons of butter per hour. Reconstruction of milk powder manufacturing shop took place in 1983. After reconstruction processing capacity of the plant reached 150 tones of milk per day. Beginning with the year 1990 the Butter manufacturing plant was turned into Mažeikiai State milk processing enterprise under Committee for Agriculture and Industry. In the year 1991 the first Alpha – Laval separation line was assembled in it. Until 1993 individual milk manufacturers, companies and economies of Akmenė, Skuodas and Mažeikiai districts were the main suppliers of raw material. The biggest amount of milk – 140 230 tones was bought up in the year 1990. The products made then included 4 653 of butter, 220 tones of cheese, 25 736 tones of full – cream dairy products, 40 096 tones of milk powder. After restoration of independence of Lithuania in 1991, when mass liquidation of collective farms started a sudden drop of bought – up milk was observed.