|Genre||Milk and milk products|
|Predecessors||Tamil Nadu Dairy Development Corporation Limited|
|Founded||1958 (Tamil Nadu, India)|
|Revenue||USD 660 million (2013)|
|Owners||Government of Tamil Nadu|
|Parent||Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (Tamil Nadu)|
Aavin(Tamil:ஆவின்) is the trademark of the Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited, a Tamil Nadu-based milk producer's union. The aim of AAVIN is to procure milk, process it, chill it, pack and sell it to the consumers.
Aa or ஆ, is one of the many one-letter words in Tamil. ஆ means cow. பால் means milk. 'Aavin 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".
With many private companies entering the field of dairy, the Tamil Nadu government is giving high priority to improve the performance of the cooperatives.Tamil Nadu is one of the leading states in India in milk production with about 14.5 million litres per day.
The Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited is an apex body of 17 District Cooperative Milk Producers' Unions.The Federation 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 in and around Chennai City. The Ambattur product Dairy is also engaged in the manufacture of milk products such as Yogurt, Ice Cream, Khova, Gulabjamoon, Buttermilk, Curd and Mysorepak.
Aavin 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.