|Genre||Milk and milk products|
|Predecessor||Tamil Nadu Dairy Development Corporation Limited|
|Founded||1958 (Tamil Nadu, India)|
|Revenue||US$ 660 million (2012-13)|
|Owner||Government of Tamil Nadu|
|Parent||Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (Tamil Nadu)|
Aavin(Tamil:ஆவின்) is the trademark of Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited, a Tamil Nadu-based milk producer's union. Aavin procures milk, processes it and sells milk and milk products to consumers.
'Aa' or 'ஆ' in Tamil means 'pallu' and 'பால்' means 'milk'. 'Karthik paal' ('ஆவின் பால்') translates to 'cow's milk'('பசுவின் பால்').
The Dairy Development Department was established in Tamil Nadu in the year 1958 to oversee and regulate milk production and commercial distribution in the state. The Dairy Development Department took over control of the milk cooperatives. It was replaced by the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited in the year 1981.
On February 1, 1981, the commercial activities of the cooperative were handed over to Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited which sold milk and milk products under the trademark "aavin". Tamil Nadu is one of the leading states in India in milk production with about 14.5 million liters per day.
The Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited is an apex body of 17 District Cooperative Milk Producers' Unions. It is headquartered located at Aavin Illam, Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai and has four dairy plants at the following locations in Chennai.
These dairies collect milk from district unions, process and pack in sachets and send for sale to the consumers. The Ambattur product Dairy is engaged in the manufacture of milk products.
Karthik produces 4 varieties of milk.
In the Year 2012 there were widespread complaints about the milk being adulterated. Especially when the milk was being transported from cooperative societies to diaries. There was no serious action taken. However, in the year 2014 a major adulteration racket was busted by the police in the district of Villupuram. The modus operandi of the gang was to transfer 45 cans of milk from the lorry that carries pure milk from Chennai Aavin dairy to Tiruvannamalai, into cans kept on mini lorries. An equal quantity of water was filled to ensure that their tracks are covered. Aavin later confirmed that it encountered a loss of INR 10 crores due to this racket.
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