Why we do this
Across the world, milk products are a recommend part of the daily diet from childhood to old age. A growing number of people are able to afford milk products on a regular basis.
However, there is also a growing uncertainty about which foods are healthy and some people have become milk sceptics. The need for knowledge and credible research on milk nutrition and its role in addressing global health challenges is stronger than ever.
We invest in research into the health benefits of milk and how milk products with added natural ingredients can make it easier for people to live healthy lives. We collaborate with experts and openly share our findings to increase the knowledge among people of the scientifically documented facts.
We build partnerships with our retail customers to strengthen their health profile and to make healthy products more available. To bring the benefits to more people across the world, we also work to improve affordability and shelf life of our products.
Some of our activities
Arla Foods Executive Advisory Committee
Our scientists work together with academics from international research institutions to assess new scientific findings and to align our research and product development to match the global health needs.
Arla Research Center for Dairy Health & Nutrition
A collaboration with Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen with a reach to a network of international researchers. The aim is to strengthen research into health and dairy-based nutrition
Preventing age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass
We fund and participate in a research project on how changes in diets and exercise can reduce age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass. The publicly funded project is a collaboration between Arla Foods Ingredients, three faculties at University of Copenhagen and a range of public and private partners. It covers health care practices, clinical studies and product development.
Why milk is so efficient in delivering vitamin B12
We investigate why milk is so efficient in delivering vitamin B12. The project is funded by the Danish Strategic Research Council and is a collaboration between Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital and Arla Foods Ingredients.
Sustainable, healthy and affordable products for African markets
Arla is parts of a project that aims to develop of sustainable, healthy and affordable products for African markets based on a combination of protein from milk and plants. It involves the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, University of London, Fan Milk International and Triple A. The research project is funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research.
Optimal diet and gut microbiota in early life
Arla is part of the Neomune Centre which is a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus, University of Giessen, Technical University of Denmark and Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou. The objective is to develop the optimal diet and gut microbiota in early life to obtain better immune, gut and brain functions throughout life.
Increase health equality in Denmark
There is a growing social inequality in Denmark when it comes to health. People with limited educational background are at greater risk of lifestyle diseases due to poor diets, smoking and no exercise. Arla is participating in two projects with The Danish Hart Foundation, the Lung Foundation and other partners to improve the lifestyle habits for two groups: young people in trade schools and male workers. Male colleagues at four Arla production sites are participating in the research and are offered a daily breakfast to evaluate the impact of a good start of the day. The project is publicly funded by the Danish Ministry of Health.
Other Partnerships & Alliances
- Global Dairy Platform
- FAO CFS Private Sector Mechanism
- EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity, & Health
- WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes