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Arla Foods to Close UK Dairy

Arla Foods to Close UK Dairy
July 31
13:09 2013

With its one billion litre fresh milk processing facility at its Aylesbury Dairy nearing completion, Arla Foods UK plans to close the dairy and distribution facility at Ashby-de-la-Zouch and transfer volume to the new dairy. The proposed closure of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch site, in April 2014, could result in the loss of up to 370 jobs, subject to consultation with colleagues potentially affected by the plans.

It is intended that raw milk will transfer from the Ashby site over a phased period, commencing in October 2013.

Potentially, Arla will outsource its distribution function to a third party provider, however, milk will continue to be collected, as usual, from farms supplying the dairy and be delivered to Arla’s other processing sites.

Lars Dalsgaard, head of Arla Foods UK’s supply chain, comments: “Our new dairy in Aylesbury is on track to be processing milk, commercially, by the autumn and volumes are ahead of our original expectations. In line with our long-term business goal, we intend to maximise the use of our well-invested dairies, complemented by our new, cutting edge, processing facility in Aylesbury, to meet the requirements of our customers.”

As the most efficient, fresh milk processing facility of its kind, the dairy directly supports Arla’s philosophy, as a 100 per cent farmer-owned cooperative, to deliver the highest possible returns to its farmers.  Similarly, with plans for the site to be zero carbon, Aylesbury dairy is key to Arla’s sustainability agenda.

Arla Foods UK has a milk pool of 3.2 billion litres and is looking to expand its supply by a further 500 million litres by 2017, by recruiting new farmers as well as through the expansion if its existing supplying farms.

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