The world’s oldest co-operative dairy celebrates its 120th birthday
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- 06 June 2003
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Tistrup Dairy in Denmark, the world’s oldest working co-operative dairy, is celebrating its 120th birthday on Sunday, June 8th.
When the dairy opened on the site which it still occupies on June 8, 1883, the cost of building the dairy amounted to DKK 15,261.23.
While some of the dairy’s outer walls can be considered to be of historical importance, the internal areas and machinery meet all requirements for modern cheese production. With a permanent staff of 30 Tistrup Dairy has an annual production of 4,000 tons firm cheese, Old Ole and other extra aged cheeses.
Under Arla Foods’ strategy plan from 2001 Tistrup dairy, however, is earmarked for closure although no dates have been fixed. The anniversary will be marked by a special breakfast for the dairy’s local co-operative shareholders on June 6.
Cheese-maker Gert Bjerre, right, and Erik Møller Madsen, Dairy Manager at the world’s oldest working co-operative dairy.
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.