Farmer owned

Our farmers

Arla is owned by the farmers who produce most of our milk. They are passionate about producing high quality milk in a responsible way every day. Meet Per, David, Vagn and Alfred - four of our dedicated farmer owners.

Bringing you the best dairy products

Whichever Arla dairy product is your favourite, you can be sure that it comes from a farmer-owned dairy company and that it is carefully handled by the dedicated team at Arla which is passionate about bringing milk's natural goodness to you and your family.

We believe in safe, natural and healthy dairy products

As a farmer-owned company, we are committed to high standards of animal welfare, product quality and food safety. Our quality programme is called Arlagården®. It gives us a long-term perspective for farm management and is our way of ensuring the quality of the products you enjoy. 

Sustainability at Arla

We are on a journey towards a sustainable future for dairy. As one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world, we bring nutritious products to millions of people, but we also have a responsibility to do it sustainably.

FAQ: We control every step

Because we’re owned by the same farmers who produce our milk, we know everything we need to know - every step of the way. That’s why you can be sure that Arla dairy products are based on cows’ milk of a very high quality.

What does it mean that Arla is owned by dairy farmers - and how does it benefit you as a consumer? 

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Our heritage goes back to the 1880s

Our philosophy of producing natural, healthy and high quality dairy products dates back to the 1880s when dairy farmers in Denmark and Sweden joined forces with one common goal: To produce and provide the best dairy products.

Because we are farmer-owned, all of our earnings go back to our farmer owners. This means that when people buy our products the money is split equally between each litre of milk that our owners supply. That’s also a key part of our cooperative philosophy.

Our history landmarks

Visit an Arla farm

At Arla, we’re happy to invite you and your family to visit one of our farms, to see the care that goes into the production of your dairy milk. A farm visit is an excellent opportunity to experience the passion and dedication our farmers have for dairy farming, while offering an insight into what happens at the beginning of the dairy supply chain.

Responsible, sustainable sourcing

Our approach to sustainable dairy farming is based on us providing healthy, natural and safe food to the world’s growing population in a sustainable way. And we are leaders in our industry. One example is our support for the responsible production of the soy which our farmers use in their feeds.