Care in every step

As a farmer owned dairy company, we control the journey from our cows to you, securing the safety, quality and freshness of our milk.

Care in every step

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Because we are owned by the same farmers who produce most of our milk, we have full control of the milk’s journey from our cows to you. Every single step of the way is recorded and can be traced. Using this tracing system, we ensure that you always get the best, pure and tasty milk.


In line with European standards, all our cows have an individual number, which is also shown on the ear tag.  This allows our farmers to monitor the cow’s milk production and keep track of its condition, medical treatment and milk quality.


We test all our milk from every milking. Every day we check that our cows are in good health as part of our Arlagården® procedures. Immediately after milking, the milk is refrigerated to keep it fresh, until it is collected by the milk tanker.


All our farms are registered and we know the quality and amount of milk delivered by each farm. Arlagården® procedures allow us to control quality on our farms and we monitor this on a regular basis using external auditors. Arla provides an advisory service or visits farms to follow up on problems that may have been identified during an audit. 

Download the full Arlagården® programme as pdf


We take the milk from the farm to the dairy in milk tankers - some lorries are owned by Arla, others are run by third party contractors. Our drivers are trained in milk quality and hygiene and they check the milk’s temperature, appearance and smell at the farm before loading it onto the tanker


We transform the milk into dairy products at our dairies. We test the milk when it arrives at the dairy and before it is processed. The quality of our final dairy products is also tested before they leave our dairies. Most Arla dairies are certified to the food safety standard ISO 22000. Those that are not yet certified meet national standards for food safety. We have a comprehensive training programme and use all the latest technologies.


Our packaging is developed to maintain our dairy products’ high quality and safety. We are also committed to using packaging which has as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Recyclable packaing