German dairy firm ODW Frischprodukte has bought a local yoghurt and dessert production facility from Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina.

ODW Frischprodukte, a subsidiary of German food group Odenwald Früchte, will take over the site in Elsterwerda as well as some of FrieslandCampina’s production equipment.

The Elsterwerda site was slated to close as part of FrieslandCampina’s restructuring plans after the merger between Friesland Foods and Campina in 2008.

As part of the agreement, a number of FrieslandCampina dairy products will continue to be produced in Elsterwerda until 2013. It will relocate production lines for yoghurts and desserts to other locations in Gütersloh and Heilbronn by 31 March 2012.

ODW Frischprodukte will take on the 330 employees, but plans to reduce the workforce gradually, FrieslandCampina said yesterday (20 October).