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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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Andy Coyne | 8 Nov 2017

The volatility in commodity prices, the rise of plant-based alternatives, Brexit, Trump - there was plenty for delegates who headed to Belfast last week for the International Dairy Federation's annual World Dairy Summit to chew over. just-food deputy editor Andy Coyne gives us a flavour of the event.


Ben Cooper | 13 Jul 2017

Consumer concern has long been an important reason for food companies to take sustainability seriously, not only for reasons of reputational protection but increasingly for the value strong sustainability credentials can bring to a brand. In the first of a series of articles looking at the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks at the relationship between consumers and food sustainability in the UK, and asks whether sustainability sells.


Ben Cooper | 16 Mar 2017

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, reducing waste and supporting "adjustments" in food production methods to promote "healthy and sustainable diets". Ben Cooper looks at the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (Fresh) programme, which has initially been backed by 25 companies.


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.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 3 Apr 2018

How can food manufacturers tap into the growth of the online channel? It is a question on the minds of many a boardroom, even in markets like the UK where the channel is relatively developed. Moreover, in such a fast-growing part of the market, how will shopper behaviour develop? How will technology evolve? Doing business online is a challenging mix of adapting to the present and being ready for the future. Dean Best met Steve Millard, the head of Arla Foods' e-commerce and digital unit in the UK, to find out more about how the dairy co-op is faring online.


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.

Latest News

Simon Harvey | 29 May 2018

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods is to cut more than 300 jobs as part of a consolidation drive aimed at saving more than EUR400m (US$462.6m) in business costs. 


Simon Harvey | 29 May 2018

European dairy giant Arla Foods has appointed Jan Toft Nørgaard as chairman to replace Ake Hantoft, who retires in July after seven years in the role.


Simon Harvey | 18 May 2018

Cloetta has appointed Frans Ryden as chief financial officer of the Sweden-based confectioner to replace Danko Maras.


Simon Harvey | 17 May 2018

European dairy giant Arla Foods' proposed acquisition of part of UK dairy firm Yeo Valley is being examined by the country's competition watchdog.


just-food.com | 17 May 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Andy Coyne | 15 May 2018

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced its chairman, Ake Hantoft, is to retire in July.


just-food.com | 4 May 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Dean Best | 26 Apr 2018

Food manufacturers operating in the UK, including Nestle, Unilever and Premier Foods plc, today (26 April) set out a series of pledges on plastics, including ending the use of single-use plastics by 2025.


Dean Best | 20 Apr 2018

The impact the UK's vote for Brexit has had on currency, as well as pressure from commodity prices, has led European dairy giant Arla Foods to set out on cutting EUR400m (US$493.9m) on costs from its business.


Andy Coyne | 5 Mar 2018

Irish dairy, sports nutrition and ingredients group Glanbia has told farmers it will pay a subsidy for milk that could not be collected during Storm Emma.


just-food.com | 2 Mar 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


just-food.com | 23 Feb 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Andy Coyne | 8 Feb 2018

Dairy giant Arla Foods is aiming to "further drive organic penetration of the milk market" through acquiring part of UK business Yeo Valley.


Andy Coyne | 31 Jan 2018

Danish dairy heavyweight Arla Foods has announced it is to invest EUR500m (US$622.2m) this year to fund its growth plans.


Andy Coyne | 25 Jan 2018

European dairy giant Arla Foods has announced it is to close the Braband plant in Denmark.


Paula Krizanovic | 15 Jan 2018

The members of Argentinian dairy co-op SanCor have backed the company's plan to move to sell its stake in a local venture with Arla Foods to the European dairy giant.


Simon Harvey | 22 Dec 2017

Dairy cooperative Arla Foods is forming a joint venture with Indonesia's PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur (ICBP) as the company expands its operations in South East Asia.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Andy Coyne | 20 Dec 2017

European dairy giant Arla Foods has signed a mozzarella cheese production deal with DMK, Germany's largest dairy cooperative.


Dean Best | 20 Dec 2017

just-food again secured time with some major industry names in 2017 and our interviews with C-suite executives from companies including Sanderson Farms, Nestle and Danone gave you food for thought.


Simon Harvey | 11 Dec 2017

Arla Foods plans to run Denmark's Endrup Dairy as a cheese maturing and packing centre after acquiring the bankrupt company in September.


Simon Harvey | 3 Nov 2017

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has sold its 8% stake in Brazil's Vigor Alimentos, insisting the shareholding "no longer serves our strategic purpose''.

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 28 Sep 2016

We hear a lot in the food industry about two interconnected trends: and social media and “foodie” culture.


Hannah Abdulla | 29 Apr 2015

A growing awareness of bone health in the UK is presenting a big opportunity for dairy manufacturers in the UK, a report from Canadean has revealed.

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