Dairy giant Arla Foods insisted today (16 April) that it remains open to industry consolidation in Germany and Poland - but said the company would not join forces with German dairy Viöl.

Arla, which also today (revealed that it would cut 250 jobs to reduce costs, said it remains committed to its plans to expand in northern Europe.

A spokesman for Arla pointed to the company's recent deal to buy Dutch business Friesland Foods Fresh Nijkerk from FrieslandCampina. He hinted that acquisition had not sated Arla's appetite for further deals.

"We actively look for consolidation options in Germany and Poland," the spokesman told just-food.

However, one firm that Arla is not pursuing co-operation with is German dairy Viöl. In January, Arla admitted that talks had been held over a possible with alliance with Viöl.

Today, however, the spokesman said there would be no deal. "We had talks with them about various issues. Everyone is talking to everyone about something in the industry."