Milk is a biological liquid of a complex composition made of water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, mineral mater, vitamins etc. The definition of milk, in the strictest sense of the word, implies the unaltered secretion of the mammary gland, obtained with the constant and complete milking of healthy, normally nourished, and regularly milked cows, at least 15 days before and 8 days after calving; nothing is to be taken or added to that milk.

About milk

Milk is a biological liquid of a complex composition made of water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, mineral mater, vitamins etc. The definition of milk, in the strictest sense of the word, implies the unaltered secretion of the mammary gland, obtained with the constant and complete milking of healthy, normally nourished, and regularly milked cows, at least 15 days before and 8 days after calving; nothing is to be taken or added to that milk.

Vitamins play a big role in our bodies, among other things, they affect our metabolism, oxygen transfer and antioxidants. They help the body use carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Milk is a very good source of water soluble thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and cobalamin (vitamin B12) while niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), vitamin C and folic acid are present in smaller quantities, therefore milk is not considered to be the main source of these vitamins in a diet. Milk contains significant quantities of vitamins A, D and small quantities of vitamin E and K which are soluble in fats.

The value of organic milk lies in the fact that it is produced from raw organic milk; it is produced by cows that live on a farm and roam freely, eating organic grass and livestock feed obtained from organic production. The soil in which the organic grass grows is not chemically treated. Imlek’s Bello organic milk is milk produced applying strict principles and regulations regarding ecological agricultural production, which is regulated by the Law on Organic Production of the Republic of Serbia and in accordance with EU norms. Imlek’s Bello organic products are produced from raw organic milk obtained from the organic farm of dairy cows in Curug, near Novi Sad, which is also the biggest organic farm of dairy cows in Europe.
Moja Kravica butter is obtained from unfermented heavy pasteurized cream. The cream is subjected to the process of agitation which creates the butter whose % of moisture is customized, and buttermilk is created as a byproduct. Butter represents the emulsion of water into fat. It contains 82% of milk fat.

To get a good quality whipped cream, it is advisable to cool Moja kravica sweet cream, before whisking, to the temperature of 0 to 8 °C.

Moja Kravica sterilized milk is UHT, while Moja Kravica pasteurized milk has a shorter expiration date. Neither need to be cooked before use.

Pasteurization is a technological operation of milk processing as well as a sanitation measure for destroying all pathogenic microorganisms which are harmful to human health. It consists of heating the milk to temperatures lower than 100 ºC at certain intervals.

Homogenization is the process of breaking down and evening out the milk fat globules to get more stability for the milk-fat emulsion in the water. After homogenization, the size of the milk fat globules shrinks to 1-2 µm. Homogenized milk has a fuller taste, a more intense white color, and the separation of the milk fat to the surface is prevented. Most of the time, two-level homogenization is used.

Sterilization is a technological operation in which the milk is subjected to temperatures over 100 ºC. UHT stands for ultra-high-temperature. It is usually done at temperatures ranging from 135 to 142 ºC, during several seconds. During this short sterilization time, all microorganisms and their spores are destroyed.

Imlek’s UHT products are obtained through the process of sterilization of milk and aseptic packaging, which prolongs the expiry date to include more months. These products do not contain preservatives and are kept at room temperature in its original packaging until they are opened.

About yogurt

Yogurt is a nutritious dairy product which positively affects the organism and health. Because of its ingredients, it is considered that yogurt helps in maintaining the body’s vitality, even longevity. Most of the positive effects that yogurt has on health comes from the presence of live lactic acid bacteria. Lactic acid bacteria carry out the fermentation process which turns the lactose into lactic acid. Lactic acid affects the peristaltic of the intestines and increases the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. The nutritious value of yogurt, like in milk, consists of the basic ingredients that the human organism needs for growth, reproduction, maintenance and the fulfilment of energy needs.
Prebiotics are indigestible food contents which positively affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of useful bacteria in the large intestine, which improves the health of the host. The probiotics that Imlek uses are declared as inulin, oligofructose, fructo- oligosaccharides or fiber, and are obtained from the root of the chicory plant. Balans+ is a brand from Imlek’s portfolio which contains probiotics.
Lactose intolerance is a set of symptoms which are the consequence of the diminished capacity of the digestive system to process lactose, i.e. milk sugar. There is no lactase enzyme in the small intestine or the cells of the digestive tract do not produce enough of that enzyme. Therefore, the undigested milk sugar passes into the large intestine, where it feeds the bacteria which cause gases. That is why bloating occurs accompanied by pain and cramps. Part of the lactose which does not feed the bacteria, retracts water with it, which leads to diarrhea. Moja Kravica mleko bez laktoze (Moja Kravica milk without lactose) is a product from which lactose is removed using the influence of the lactase enzyme. It is recommended for persons which, due to lactose intolerance, cannot consume the classic Imlek products. Imlek uses the enzyme lactase to turn lactose into galactose and glucose. Galactose and glucose have a higher sweetness level, which is why products without lactose have a higher sweetness level than the classic ones. There is no added sugar.
Probiotics are individual or mixed cultures of living microorganism which positively affect the organism of the host, improving the state of the autochthonous microflora of the digestive system.
LA-5 is a lactic acid strand of bacteria − Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5. It represents a clinically tested lactic acid strand of bacteria, which together with BB12, gives positive effects on the health of the host and is declared as a probiotic. BB12 is a lactic acid strand of bacteria called Bifidobacterium BB12. It represents one of the most documented and clinically proven probiotics, with over 150 clinical studies on the positive effect it has on the health of the host; declared to be a probiotic.
It is recommended that at least 500ml of Balans plus is consumed daily, which would lead to positive effects on digestion to appear after 10 days, and its maximum effect is reached about 15 days after starting consumption.
It is clinically proven that regular consumption of Balans+ leads to: Normalization of the frequency and consistency of stools, The disappearance of the feeling of incomplete bowel movement, Less straining during bowel movements, Less pain during bowel movements, Less bloating and abdominal pain which occurs regardless of the bowel movements, Leads to less depression among the tested individuals. Consuming Balans+ also leads to significant changes in the bodily composition of the tested people – to the lowering of the percentage of body fat and increasing the amount of body water.
The basic structure of proteins is made of aminoacids. Milk proteins contain all the essential amino-acids needed for tissue, ferment and hormone formation in the human body, which the body itself cannot synthesize. The biggest part of protein in milk is composed of three proteins: casein, lactoalbumin and lactoglobulin. Cow’s milk on average contains about 3,2% of protein, which is about 30% of milk’s dry matter, showing us that milk is a foodstuff rich in protein. It is considered that for a normal metabolism, 1g of protein/kg of body weight per day is needed. Proteins from milk, after proteins from egg, have the biggest biological value. That is because they contain all the essential amino-acids. That is why protein from milk is highly valued in alimentation and why milk and dairy products should be consumed, if because of nothing else, then because of the quantity and quality of proteins that milk contains. As a response to the needs of the consumers to have products with increased protein content, Imlek has launched a pallet of products with increased protein content under the brand Balans + protein. Balans + protein yogurt contains 10g of protein in a portion of 250 grams, i.e. 4g/100g of product, which is about 30% more protein compared to standard yogurts. The product has 0% of milk fat and contains clinically tested probiotics LA5 and BB12 and fibers.

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Imlek’s products which contain gluten are Balans+ obrok jagoda, kivi, banana sa žitaricama i Balans+ obrok suva šljiva s mekinjama (Balans+ strawberry meal, kiwi, banana with cereals and Balans+ dried plum meal with bran). The information regarding the presence of gluten is placed on the packaging. According to current legislation, it is forbidden to specify on the packaging that there is no presence of an ingredient, it can only state what ingredients it contains, therefore, all the products that contain gluten have that information on the declaration on the packaging.
The modified starch which is found in Imlek’s products is not genetically modified. Modified starch is starch which have been altered through physical, chemical or enzymatic means to achieve better swelling, resistance towards lower pH values, resistance against mechanical treatment and others. They are usually made of wheat, corn or potato origin or are obtained from tapioca. Unlike plain starch, the modified starches have significantly better technological characteristics.

Organic, Bio and Eko are products that come from organic sources and only they can carry those labels.

Date printed on the packaging refers to the quality and shelf life of an unopened product. After opening it, the product is no longer protected from the influence of external factors. That is why, the date on the packaging can, but does not necessarily have to be applicable after opening the actual product. On some products there is a “recommendation”, like on the UHT milk “After opening, use within…. days”.

IMLEK is a regional company operating in the territories of Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia. In addition to its four production plants in Serbia, Imlek includes the dairies Mlijekoprodukt from Kozarska Dubica and Bimilk from Bitola. We purchase milk from thousands of farmer-cooperators across the region and achieve European standards and quality criteria with them. A tradition spanning more than six decades, expert staff, modern technology, and continuous production improvement have resulted in over 200 different dairy products that “IMLEK” delivers daily.
Numerous investments have led to the highest degree of product quality, as well as many awards and recognitions for quality at various fair events and independent product analyses on the market. We continuously work on improving quality management systems, food safety, environmental protection, and occupational health and safety management systems, as evidenced by the certificates we hold and maintain.
In addition to market orientation, the company also addresses social issues. Imlek has long decided to provide the most significant support to children and socially vulnerable structures.

We purchase milk from thousands of farmer cooperatives throughout the region, thus achieving European standards and quality criteria in collaboration with them. “IMLEK” delivers high-quality dairy products daily.

Imlek’s dairy products are synonymous with decades-long quality and a diverse range of products. Our assortment includes over 200 milk-based products – from butter to yogurt to milk beverages with coffee. Explore the most desirable guests in your fridge and get to know our range.

Imlek has a tradition that spans more than six decades. With expert staff, modern technology, and continuous production improvement, it has resulted in over 200 different dairy products that “IMLEK” delivers daily.

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