DENMARK – Danish dairy cooperative, Arla Foods has started construction of a new €40 million (US$44.07m) modern innovation centre for the ingredients business in Nr. Vium, Denmark.

The new innovation centre will be home to international scientists and innovators that will enable the company to further intensify its innovation efforts in development of dairy and whey ingredients.

Located in Nr. Vium, Denmark in close proximity to the key production site in Arla Foods Ingredients, Danmark Protein, the centre will cover a 9,000 square metre space with open office spaces, labs and a pilot plant.

Arla said that the close interaction between the new Arla Foods Ingredients Innovation Centre and Danmark Protein will create a unique environment for process development and pilot production to unleash “all the wonders of whey”.

The facility is also expected to enable Arla Foods Ingredients continue to grow at a high rate in the coming years, especially as the global demand for highly specialized products and ingredients continues to increase.

Henrik Andersen, Group Vice President in Arla Foods Ingredients, says: “I am very happy to announce that we are now breaking ground on our new game changing innovation centre.

“We are always looking for new and innovative solutions for our customers to help them develop new products that meet specific nutritional needs of children, athletes, patients and consumers.

“With the new centre we can use cutting edge research and technology to explore milk and whey to their full potential as ingredients for a wide range of nutrition.”

The centre will accommodate up to 90 scientists, technicians and innovators covering all aspects of research and development within whey and milk.

This will involve a range of activities including advanced separation technologies, isolation of specific components of the whey or milk, heat treatment and pasteurization technology and improved functionality and shelf-life.

“It is our clear ambition to continue to attract the very best colleagues who share our mission of discovering and delivering all the wonders whey can bring to people’s lives,” says VP of Research & Development Niels Østergaard.

“The colleagues working with innovation in AFI are already among the most talented in the world and we look forward to welcoming more employees to this new and exciting workplace with some of the most challenging development projects in the dairy industry

The new AFI Innovation centre is expected to open in summer 2021 and complement its efforts at the Arla Innovation Centre (AIC) in Skejby, Denmark which the company opened in 2017.