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Arla Foods Acquires Swedish Cheese Business

Arla Foods Acquires Swedish Cheese Business
October 17
10:52 2014

Arla Foods in Sweden is acquiring cheese business Falbygdens Ost from Finnish food group Atria. The acquisition is in line with Arla’s strategy to drive its premium cheese segment. The acquisition is subject to approval from the Swedish Competition Authority.

Falbygdens Ost has operations in Falköping, where it matures and processes cheese by flavouring and packaging. The company buys its cheese from other manufacturers and has approximately 100 employees and sales of around SEK 470 million (Eur51 million).

“Falbygdens Ost is a strategic complement to Arla’s own cheese business. The decision to acquire Falbygdens Ost is in line with Arla’s strategy, both globally and in Sweden, to drive its premium cheese segment. Through its acquisition, Arla is further securing that it is adding value to its farmer-owner milk and this it continues to be profitable,” says Henri de Sauvage, Executive Vice President of Arla Foods in Sweden.

He adds: “Falbygdens Ost has a solid foundation in its brands and its partnerships with well-known cheese producers in other countries. With Arla’s expertise in innovation and production, along with its marketing and sales channels, we can work together to develop the passion for and interest in cheese of both customers and consumers,” says Henri de Sauvage.

Arla will take over Falbygdens Ost on 7 January 2015 at the earliest, pending a decision from the Swedish Competition Authority. Once this decision has been made, local union negotiations can take place.

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