UK: Arla Foods UK to cut jobs due to merger
Arla Foods UK has said trading in the last six months has been in line with expectations and market forecasts, but added it would cut at least 310 jobs this year.
The company was created last year through the merger of the UK unit of Danish-Swedish cooperative Arla and the UK's Express Dairies.
Arla Food UK said its Lurpak and Cravendale brands have continued to perform extremely well and a further investment of up to £20m (US$36.9m) would be made at the new Stourton dairy to meet the increasing demand for Cravendale Purfiltre. The new dairy at Stourton, near Leeds, is on track to open in October 2004 and will replace the old Leeds dairy, which is to close once the new facility opens.
The company said the trading outlook for the six months to September 2004 remains competitive with anticipated supermarket milk volume reductions within its range of expectation.
Arla Foods also announced its intention to rationalise its production facilities and central functions across the UK for 2004. The company plans to close its dairy at Bamber Bridge in Lancashire and its glass bottling line at the Hatfield Peverel dairy in Essex, resulting in the loss of some 310 jobs.
The Hatfield glass bottling line closure is due to take place in May 2004, while the Bamber Bridge site closure is planned for July 2004.
The outcome of a further review of the company's production and distribution facilities for 2005 will be announced in October of this year.
"In addition, a full review of central functions following the recent combination of head office locations will result in a number of job losses in addition to changes already made," the company said.
Companies: Arla Foods
Danish based dairy company Arla Foods is considering whether to enter the Chinese market, whether through its own production, or a joint venture, according to a report in the daily Boersen quoted by t...
Danish based dairy company Arla Foods said that after meetings between group executives and the management of the group's divisions and staff, it has found ways to cut costs by 487m kroner (US$78.9m) ...
Denmark-based dairy giant Arla Foods has said group director Peder Tuborgh was named as the new managing director of Arla at a meeting in Copenhagen this week....
A group of Danish danish companies and scientific institutions are joining forces in a new research centre aimed at research and development within the field of healthy and safe foods, dairy group Arl...
Dairy company Arla Foods UK plc today (Friday) reported that results for the six months to 31 March 2005, were in line with its expectations and business plan....
Danish based dairy company Arla Foods is opening a new representative office in Hungary....
Dairy company Arla Foods has sold the remaining part of the buildings that belonged to the now defunct Borgholm Dairy on the island of Øland in Sweden for 6.5m Swedish kronor (US$894,000) to the energ...
Greek milk processors should have the exclusive right to the use of the name 'feta' for cheese, according to the advocate general who advises the EU's Court of Justice....
- Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix
- Interview: Sir Kensington's on sale to Unilever
- US food next wave on display at Winter Fancy Food
- Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?
- Column: Why snacking is the new meal
- Unilever buys US condiments maker Sir Kensington's
- Ice cream helps Unilever sales, food flat
- Suntory to offload Australia, New Zealand foods
- Nestle organic growth slows but beats expectations
- Post: Weetabix "opens up M&A opportunities"