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Arla Foods is an international dairy foods company. The company’s history dates back to the 1880s when the first dairies in Denmark and Sweden were formed. Arla Foods was founded by the merger of Swedish dairy co-operative Arla and the Danish dairy company MD Foods in 2000. The head office for Arla Foods is located in Viby, near Aarhus, in Denmark.

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Katy Askew | 28 May 2015

Arla Foods has entered a joint venture with Egypt's leading dairy processor, Juhayna Food Industries, that leaves the European dairy co-operative poised for expansion in a promising emerging market. Expanding via a tie-up with a local company is a smart move from Arla as it works to grow in a market where competition is on the up and M&A valuations are high. Katy Askew reports.

Katy Askew | 11 May 2015

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Katy Askew | 30 Apr 2015

Consumer awareness of nutrition is on the rise and globally. While salt and sugar reduction have grabbed the headlines, with campaign groups insisting the industry should do more on reformulation and reduction, consumers have increasingly come to expect manufacturers to offer products that deliver positive functional benefits. Katy Askew suggests the dairy sector could be poised to benefit.

Katy Askew | 22 Apr 2015

Arla Foods is looking at adding value to the UK liquid milk sector in a variety of ways, as shown by the product news it announced this week. As part of these efforts, the dairy giant is hoping to capitalise on the "macro-trends" shaping demand in the UK in order to kick-start "stalled" flavoured milk sales in the UK. Will the company's efforts pay off? Katy Askew reports.

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John Shepherd | 14 Jun 2017

With the consumption of dairy products in western countries stagnant, the world's largest processors are ramping up investment in emerging markets. European dairy giant Arla Foods is still targeting growth in countries like the UK and Germany through investment in value-added innovation but it is increasingly investing in markets like China and Nigeria. Both feature in Arla's list of priority markets, drawn up in 2015 as part of the cooperative's Strategy 2020 business plan. Arla's executive vice-president of international operations, Tim Orting Jorgensen, talks to John Shepherd about the company's recent moves in Nigeria and how, despite the country's recent economic problems, the market is a springboard for the co-op's ambitions in the wider region.

Dean Best | 20 Mar 2016

This year looks set to be another challenging one for the dairy sector, amid concerns over the momentum of economies in emerging markets and commodity prices remaining in the doldrums. Natalie Knight, the CFO of European dairy giant Arla Foods, talks to Dean Best about the co-operative's outlook and insists there are opportunities for growth.

Latest News

John Shepherd | 1 Jun 2017

European dairy giant Arla Foods is repositioning its Apetina Mediterranean-style cheese brand as "the cheese to cook with".

Dean Best | 15 May 2017

Arla Foods has secured a deal to be the exclusive supplier of private-label liquid milk to Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

John Shepherd | 2 May 2017

European dairy giant Arla Foods has played down a report it is preparing to open a production facility in China – but confirmed it remains "committed" to growing its presence in the country.

Katy Askew | 10 Apr 2017

Dairy cooperative Arla Foods is investing EUR12m (US$12.7m) to establish infant formula production capabilities at its Akafa plant in Jutland. 

Dean Best | 8 Mar 2017

PepsiCo is reportedly in talks to acquire Brazil-based dairy group Vigor Alimentos.

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2017

Arla Foods, the European dairy group, has said it expects its annual sales to grow by around EUR1bn in 2017 but driven in the main by price increases.

Dean Best | 22 Feb 2017

Arla Foods, the European dairy giant, has forecast its revenue will "grow significantly" in 2017 after seeing low global prices put pressure on its top line last year.

John Shepherd | 31 Jan 2017

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has announced moves to invest up to EUR335m (US$359m) in its production sites around the world this year to support its plans to "move more milk from bulk into branded retail sales and foodservice"

John Shepherd | 19 Jan 2017

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John Shepherd | 16 Dec 2016

A new government-industry "food partnership" initiative has been launched aimed at boosting exports from the Danish food sector by more than DEK30bn (US$4.2bn).

Dean Best | 15 Dec 2016

Cloetta, the Sweden-based confectioner, has hired Arla Foods executive Henri de Sauvage Nolting as its new president and CEO.

John Shepherd | 16 Nov 2016

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has launched its first branded organic product in the UK – Arla Organic Farm Milk – with the aim of making "organic milk more accessible to all".

John Shepherd | 20 Oct 2016

Arla Foods has extended its dairy brand line-up in the UK with the launch of Arla Quark to cater for what the co-op called "the relatively unknown but fastest-growing cheese category in the UK".

John Shepherd | 19 Oct 2016

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has announced proposals to transfer part of the butter operation at its facility in Lockerbie, Scotland, to its Westbury site in England with the potential loss or relocation of around 22 jobs.

John Shepherd | 16 Sep 2016

Arla Foods, the European dairy co-operative, has launched Arla Professional as its new brand name to target business growth for its foodservice products in the UK.

Dean Best | 30 Aug 2016

Arla Foods, the European dairy co-operative, has set its sights on tripling sales from drinks that sit outside what the company called "standard white milk".

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2016

Arla Foods today (26 August) touted the strength of its branded products, pointing to a 6% rise in sales from that part of its portfolio, as the European dairy group announced a set of half-year results that showed its total revenue fell in the first six months of 2016.

John Shepherd | 23 Aug 2016

Arla Foods has signed a deal with Nigeria's federal government to help develop the country's dairy sector.

Katy Askew | 17 Aug 2016

Arla Foods is launching a line of "clean label" dairy-based ingredients for the foodservice sector. 

John Shepherd | 1 Aug 2016

Arla Foods has launched what is said are the first branded fruit and vegetable yogurts in the UK.

John Shepherd | 21 Jul 2016

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has unveiled plans to grow revenue in the UK by nearly a third and make the firm a GBP400m (US$529m) household brand by 2020, in what it said is its "most ambitious business strategy to date".

John Shepherd | 11 Jul 2016

Arla Foods today (11 July) announced the launch of a new product in the UK – Arla Farmers Milk – which the firm said would give consumers the opportunity "to pay a little extra on each bottle to help Arla farmers".

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