Dairy giant Arla Foods has revealed plans to streamline its sliced cheese productions in Denmark and Sweden.

A spokesperson for the company told just-food today (6 October) that that it would be centralising its slicing facilities at plants in Nr. Vium, Denmark and Götene, Sweden, with some of the more complex cutting to take place in Poland.

The move will mean Arla invests in new and more efficient equipment, “removing complexity from the production line, which will mean less hands are required”, the spokesperson said.

Arla also plans to close a slicing facility at its Talov plant in Denmark but the spokesperson said the rest of the dairy site would continue as normal. However, some 32 jobs would be lost.

Also, some 25 jobs will cut at the Nr. Vium site, as new technology means less people would be required to operate the machinery.

The spokesperson insisted Arla had invested in “keeping slicing jobs in Nr.Vium, as the other alternative would have been to move the slicing operations to a different country”.

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Additionally, at the Götene plant, some 25 jobs will be lost with the new slicing equipment.

Some 4% of slicing capacity would be shifted to Poland, the spokesperson said, “which means we will be hiring new positions there”.