Arla Foods plc, the UK arm of the Arla Foods Group, Europe’s largest dairy group, today announces that the Group Board has agreed to finalise plans for the construction of a new £40 million liquid milk plant in Leeds.
UK Chief Executive David Salkeld said: “This announcement underlines the confidence Arla Foods has in the UK dairy market and its total commitment to its customers.
“Together with Arla Foods’ other well-invested facilities in the UK, the Group is creating a stronger platform from which to serve customers and farmers for the next decade and beyond.”
The new plant, to be built at Stourton, South of Leeds, will use the Group’s highest level of environmentally-friendly building and process technology with a view to it being commissioned by the end of 2004.
The site for the new development is adjacent to a new 100,000 square feet chilled warehouse and distribution facility, due to be operational by May this year. Together, the investment will make Stourton the UK’s leading centre of dairy excellence.
Stourton is ideally located next to Junction 44 of the M1 south of Leeds and close to the M62, offering unrivalled distribution access North, South, East and West.