Arla shelves plans for building a dairy in the Caribbean

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21 December 2004
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Arla Foods’ plans for a new dairy in the Dominican Republic have been postponed.

Following a lengthy examination of the potential for setting up milk production in conjunction with the local distributor, Mejia Arcala, Arla Foods and Mejia have decided to postpone a decision until further notice. Although the concept for a new dairy for long-life milk in the Dominican Republic is sound, current economic conditions, including a 40% devaluation in the Caribbean island state, have led Arla and Mejia Arcala to conclude that the timing is wrong. Both companies will now monitor developments.

“We would like to produce milk in the Dominican Republic,” said Arla Foods’ Deputy Managing Director, Andreas Lundby. ”But without Mejia Arcala to distribute the milk, the project cannot currently go ahead.”

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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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