The Danish Competition Authority make unannounced visit

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30 October 2003
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Representatives from the Danish Competition Authority paid an unannounced visit to Arla Foods’ head office in Viby, Denmark, on Tuesday.

The reason for the Competition Authority’s visit was to investigate whether Arla Foods has been guilty of restrictive trade practices in the Danish market for dairy products.

John Bak, Chairman of Hirtshals Co-operative Dairy in Northern Jutland told the Danish newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, that the dairy has lodged a complaint in which Hirtshals Dairy accuses Arla of offering artificially low prices to the Danish multiple, Dansk Supermarked.
“We cannot prove it, but that’s the way it looks,” Bak said.

Arla Foods is co-operating fully with the Competition Authority.

“For many years, Arla Foods has trained its staff in competition issues,” explained Head of Group Communications, Astrid Gade Nielsen. “I find it hard to imagine that we should have any problems with the regulations.”

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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Åse Andersson
Åse Andersson Head of Media Press contact for Arla Foods in Denmark +45 91 310 310 +45 89 38 10 00
Carina Østergaard
Carina Østergaard Corporate Communication Manager Press contact for Arla Foods International +45 91 31 16 01 +45 89 38 10 00