Dairy giant Arla Foods said today (10 September) that the town of Aylesbury will be the home for its 1bn litre liquid milk dairy in the UK.

The group first indicated plans for the mega dairy back in November and, after looking at potential sites, said the facility would be based in the Buckinghamshire town.

Arla said the dairy, which is set to get up and running in 2012, will be a “zero-carbon operation”.

Peter Lauritzen, CEO of Arla Foods UK, said the Lurpak and Cravendale owner was “taking the lead in setting the future standards of the dairy industry”.

“Being zero carbon will put the new dairy in a class of its own, demonstrating our environmental responsibilities and our ambition of becoming the UK’s number one dairy company,” he said.

Arla will create around 500 production, distribution and admin jobs with the new site.

In January, Arla announced the sale of Scottish unit Claymore Dairies for an undisclosed sum. In January 2009, Arla unveiled plans to close a creamery in Yorkshire and switch production to a second site.