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Arla Foods Inaugurates New Production Facilities in Germany

Arla Foods Inaugurates New Production Facilities in Germany
January 28
14:49 2015

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has officially inaugurated a brand-new production area at its site at Pronsfeld in Germany. A total of about €110 million was invested in the construction of a new milk drying tower, a new creamery and additional milk preparation and processing capacity. This represents a further step in the company’s continuous, successful development of its Pronsfeld location in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The Pronsfeld location has evolved into one of the largest dairy production locations in Europe over the past 50 years. As early as 1967, dairy products with a remarkably long shelf life were being produced in the region with great success – this production continued under the auspices of Milch-Union Hocheifel (MUH) until 2012.

Until now, around 1.4 billion kilogrammes of milk have been processed annually in Pronsfeld. Thanks to the new production facilities, it will be possible to process an additional 450 million kilogrammes of milk annually, starting immediately. This corresponds to a volume of 40,000 tonnes of butter and 42,000 tonnes of milk powder annually.

“We will be using our various powdered milk products to supply our growth markets in Asia and Africa as well,” says Tim Ørting Jørgensen, head of Arla’s Consumer Central Europe division (CCE).

German dairy butter and the already highly successful blended spread Arla Kærgården® will be produced here for the German market and for the Arla countries in Central Europe. This makes the Pronsfeld location the largest production site in Arla’s entire network, as well as Arla’s centre of excellence for long-life dairy products.

“To my mind, this ultramodern dairy production facility is first and foremost a testament to forward-thinking farmers who have ventured to take a bold step forward. Instead of ducking their responsibility, they have taken their future into their own hands. As the chairman of a cooperative, that is something that makes me very proud,” says CEO of Arla Foods, Peder Tuborgh.

The company has placed particular emphasis on the sustainable – that is, energy-efficient – design of the new facilities. The result of the initiative is a series of production facilities that are not only state-of-the-art, but also live up to Arla’s principles of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

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From left: Jürgen Wolff (site director of Pronsfeld Dairy), Peder Tuborgh (CEO of Arla Foods), Malu Dreyer (Chief Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate), and Tim Ørting Jørgensen (Executive Vice President and head of Arla Central Europe).

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