Arla Foods and DMK Group Open New Joint Venture Production Facility

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Arla Foods and DMK Group Open New Joint Venture Production Facility

Arla Foods and DMK Group Open New Joint Venture Production Facility
April 27
15:23 2015
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The joint venture between Arla Foods and the DMK Group – called ArNoCo – has entered a new stage as the two companies have opened a brand new production facility at DMK’s Nordhackstedt site in Northern Germany. The new ArNoCo site will process the whey produced from DMK’s cheese production and supply high quality whey protein concentrate and lactose to Arla’s global ingredients business.

Arla Foods is a dairy co-operative owned by around 13,500 milk farmers from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla’s products are distributed under well-known brand names such as Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more that 100 countries around the world.

With a turnover of Eur5.3 billion, DMK is Germany’s biggest dairy company and one of the largest in Europe. With brands like MILRAM, Ravensberger, Osterland, Oldenburger, Humana, Intact, Leben’s, Biolabor, hansal and NORMI, DMK supplies industry and consumers in Germany as well as around 100 other countries in the world.

The joint venture ArNoCo was established in 2011, and the following year construction began on a new production facility. In late 2014, the company began its first test production at the state-of-the-art whey processing facility, and since the end of February 2015 ArNoCo has been able to use the full capacity of the production facilities. With around 40 employees, the site processes around 700,000 tons of whey, which is made into 25,000 tons of lactose and 12,000 tons of whey protein concentrate per year.

With the production of whey protein concentrate, ArNoCo forms an interface between Arla Foods and the DKM Group, which own equal shares in the joint venture.

“The international ingredients business is one of our strategic growth areas. The production facility at the Nordhackstedt site is in a logistically ideal location for processing the whey obtained from the neighbouring DMK factory. Through our subsidiary joint venture, we can exploit the synergies between Arla Foods and the DMK Group to optimum effect,” says Dr Josef Schwaiger, spokesman for the executive board of the DMK Group.

Peder Tuborgh, chief executive of Arla Foods, comments: “With our mutual investments in ArNoCo, DMK and Arla Foods can build very successfully on our strengths and experience. This new joint venture will enhance Arla Foods Ingredients’ position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of the highest quality whey protein and lactose ingredients. The market for these products is growing fast, so we are pleased to get started on this new production.”

The ArNoCo management team is made up of representatives from Arla Foods and the DMK Group. The DMK Group delivers the raw material along with processing expertise and is responsible for the production’s energy supply, IT and administration. Arla Foods refines the whey protein concentrate produced by ArNoCo into whey protein powder and derivatives used in many different areas of application – from food to fitness products and products for professional athletes.


Pictured from left to right: Peder Tuborgh, chief executive of Arla Foods; Christine Holt from SPX; Architect Peter Klinck; and Dr Josef Schwaiger, spokesman for the executive board of the DMK Group.

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