New dairy takes shape in the UK

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11 April 2003
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Earthworks for new dairy in Leeds nearing completion

100,000 tons of earth, the equivalent of 8,000 truckloads, has now been removed from the site where Arla Foods new dairy in Stourton outside Leeds will be built. This means that the excavation work, the first phase of the project, has almost come to an end.

The work commenced two months ago and has proceed on schedule, not least due to favourable weather conditions with March - the warmest month for many years. The second stage, which comprises sewerage work, cabling and site entrances has already begun. The arrival of site workers in May will herald the actual beginning of construction.

The project represents investments of DKK 600 million. Initially the dairy will have a capacity of 250 million litres milk per annum and production is expected to start in October 2004, when the new dairy will replace the existing dairy on a site in central Leeds. Employees from the existing dairy are expected to transfer to the new dairy.

The Stourton dairy is to be built adjacent to Arla Foods’ newly constructed cold store and distribution centre. Together the two units will constitute the largest dairy centre in the UK.

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Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 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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