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Arla Foods to Invest €36 Million in Global Innovation Centre

Arla Foods to Invest €36 Million in Global Innovation Centre
October 10
14:32 2013

A brand new state-of-the-art innovation centre is set to become the epicenter for Arla Foods’ product development for the entire world. Located in Aarhus, Denmark it will employ 120 people as Arla looks to invest DKr270 million (Eur36 million) in its construction. The aim is for Arla to become one of the leading dairy innovators in the world.

In recent years, Arla has increased its innovation efforts by redesigning processes and structure. Developing new cheeses, yogurts, infant nutrition powder or butter products that consumers from all over the world will find appealing and relevant has become an increasingly important, and strategic, part of Arla’s business in the face of tough international competition.

Arla has had a healthy pipeline of new launches in recent years and has now reached a point where it has maximised the potential of its current innovation setup, with the current centres in Denmark and Sweden not having the capacity to deliver Arla’s future growth agenda. Given the strategic importance the company is placing on innovation, Arla’s board of directors has taken the decision to invest in a new global innovation centre that will gather all of Arla’s innovation resources in a single location.

“Today we are launching more new products than ever before, and the ability to generate original ideas and products for the consumers is increasingly crucial for the business. Arla is one of the world’s leading dairy companies, and we must be in a position to drive and lead dairy innovation on a global scale in order to increase the value of our products and create new business for Arla worldwide,” says Paul Cornillon, senior vice president and head of strategic innovation in Arla.

The new global innovation centre will be a 10,000 square metre state-of-the-art facility with open space and project rooms for seamless collaborations and will be built in Aarhus, Denmark. It will become part of the Danish Food Cluster, which is an international cluster of excellence for innovation and distribution of knowledge within the agriculture and food sector.

The construction of the Arla’s global innovation centre is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2016 and it will employ 120 people, of which 65 will be transferred from the current centre in Aarhus. The centre will be compliant with 2020 energy standards in Denmark.

”Innovation of the highest international standards plays a key role in Arla’s efforts to reach the targets in our Strategy 2017. We want 10 per cent of our annual revenue to come from new product launches. That is an essential part of our growth ambitions and our mission to create the highest possible value for the milk supplied by our cooperative owners,” says executive vice president Jais Valeur, who is head of Global Categories and Operations in Arla Foods.

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