Arla Foods plc to create superdairy at Stourton

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22 February 2002
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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.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,400 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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Pernille Bonne Nejsig Press and Communication specialist Press contact for Arla Foods Group +45 91311232 +45 89 38 10 00