Arla to expand organic range with new US$35m investment in Swedish dairy facility

SWEDEN – Danish multinational dairy cooperative Arla has announced an investment of SEK 300 million (approx. $35 million) in its dairy facility in Götene, Sweden, as it aims to expand its organic range.  According to a statement from the company, the investment will see the site’s capacity for handling organic milk doubled, from one to two day’s production time.  This announcement follows the news of an investment made by Arla earlier this, where the company invested SEK 95 million in Götene to expand its butter production capabilities.  “Every day, our farmer-owners do an incredible job on their…

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Arla Foods faces new pressure to fully transition to plant-based dairy by 2025

UK – Danish multinational dairy giant Arla is under new pressure to abandon animal dairy for plant-based alternatives as part of wider, well-orchestrated efforts by animal activists to rid the world of unsustainable agriculture.  To express their displeasure over the company’s continued dairy operations, a number of activists blockaded Arla’s key milk factory in England demanding Arla to fully plant-based by 2025.  Around 50 activists from Animal Rebellion, a sister group to Extinction Rebellion, stood in protest blocking the gates to the Arla’s distribution center near Aylesbury, UK, erecting bamboo structures and concrete…

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Arla Foods records impressive H1 results, raises full year guidance despite higher input costs

DENMARK – Danish multinational dairy cooperative Arla has recorded a rise in half-year revenues driven mainly by continued high branded sales volume growth across all dairy categories, particularly in the retail sector.  Total Arla Group revenue increased slightly by 1.2 percent to €5.441 billion (US$6.4 billion), compared to €5.377 billion (US$6.3 billion) in the first half of 2020.  The Arla brand grew 6.9 percent delivering revenue of €1,626 million (US$1.9 million) driven by sub-brands such as LactoFREE and in the “fill ‘n fuel” category.   According to Arla, brand performance is currently being…

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Arla Foods moves lactofree milk production to UK to meet rising demand for free from dairy products

UK – Arla Foods, one of the largest dairy cooperative in Europe, is moving its lactofree milk production from Denmark and Sweden to North Yorkshire as demand for free from dairy products continued to rise in the UK.  According to a report by Food Manufacture, the shift of production to UK is part of a new £25m (US$34.53m) investment that was announced by the Danish-based dairy cooperative in January last year.    A significant proportion of the investment would be ploughed into new production equipment, filling lines, packaging facilities, and a new energy centre, which…

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Arla Food Ingredient launches new solution that improves taste profiles of medical nutrition products

DENMARK – Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new whey protein hydrolysate that improves the taste profiles of products for patients with maldigestion or malabsorption. According to Arla, Whey protein hydrolysates commonly used in medical nutrition products for people with conditions that impair their ability to digest or absorb protein usually have a bitter taste that is unpleasant to the consumers.   Taste is a key factor in patients’ compliance with nutritional regimes, and malnourishment is a serious problem for health services across the world.  It is linked with greater…

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Arla’s global ingredients business poised for growth following partnership with Dale Farms

DENMARK – Arla’s global ingredients business is set to grow even further following a new partnership between its parent company Arla and Northern Ireland dairy company, Dale Farms.   According to a statement from Arla, the new partnership will allow Dale Farm to supply whey protein concentrate for Arla’s global ingredients business which will be used as an ingredient in infant formula and consumer health ingredients.  This is the first time the two dairy cooperatives have partnered as part of a significant supply contract.   AFI is a supplier of refined whey ingredients within the…

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Arla to invest in new modern dairy farm in Nigeria to boost milk production

NIGERIA – Arla Foods, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in Europe, has announced plans to build a new commercial dairy farm in Northern Nigeria, in an effort to support local milk production in the country.  Located in Kaduna State, the 200-hectare farm will house 400 dairy cows, modern milking parlours and technology, grassland, as well as living facilities for 25 employees. The dairy cooperative has said it will train and support up to 1,000 local dairy farmers to improve milk yields and quality, animal welfare and farm profitability. The…

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Arla Foods expands Danish facility to meet growing Japanese appetite for Cheese

DENMARK – Arla Foods, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in Europe, is expanding its cheese production capacity in Denmark in order to meet rising demand in Japan. The Danish dairy cooperative says that the project includes the construction of two new ripening warehouses, the installation of a new cheese equipment and building of a new drainage room. Arla plans to invest up to DKK 50 million (about US$8.2 million) into the project which will be carried out at its site in Troldhede Dairy, West Jutland. According to a statement…

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Arla leverages big data to help farmers decarbonise dairy at a faster pace 

DENMARK – Danish multinational dairy cooperative, Arla Foods has turned to big data to help its farmers adopt practices that with proven ability to decarbonise dairy farming. The new strategy is part of Arla’s ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent per kilo of milk over the next decade and to work towards carbon net zero by 2050. The Danish dairy firm notes that for the last decades, its farmers have been working steadily towards sustainable farming and implementing green opportunities on their farms, such as circular farming…

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Westland Milk to boost consumer butter production as Arla Foods UK prepares to launch new butter product

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand dairy company, Westland Milk Products has announced plans to boost consumer butter production as part of the company’s strategy to move away from being a supplier of bulk commodity butter. Westland Milk said it is investing NZD 40 million (about US$27.8 million) to upgrade its Hoktika plant and increase the production capacity of its consumer butter brand. The upgrades which will start in May are expected to almost double the production of the company’s Westgold butter brand to 42,000 tonnes a year. Facility expansion and…

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