Merger creates largest dairy company
THE UK’s largest dairy company has been created following the merger of Arla Foods amba and Milk Link.
The merger brings together two successful and growth orientated farmer-owned dairy processing businesses with complementary positions in key markets, brands and customer bases. It creates the UK’s number one dairy company, processing over three billion litres of milk per annum and with a combined turnover in excess of £2 billion.
Peter Lauritzen, CEO of the new merged business, which retains the name Arla Foods UK plc, is delighted that Milk Link farmer members have become the first British owners of a major European dairy cooperative, putting farmers firmly at the forefront of the dairy processing market.
The merged business has established market positions in fresh and long life liquid and flavoured milks, cream, Cheddar and speciality cheese, butter and dairy ingredients. It has well invested state of the art processing facilities located across the UK, complemented by a national milk supply.
The merger further builds on Arla’s ambition to invest in and grow the UK dairy market and enter new categories and supports the overall goal of providing dairy farmer owners with a sustainable future. Arla Foods amba has invested more than £500 million in the UK dairy industry to date where it has established some of the country’s most popular dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor.
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