Dairy merger in Germany
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- 10 December 2004
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The day before the official announcement of the planned Campina Arla Foods merger, the two German dairy groups Starmilch and Hochwald announced their intention to merge with effect from January 2005.
Expected to process 1.8 billion litres milk Starmilch/Hochwald will have an annual turnover of 1 billion euro making the new company Germany’s third largest dairy group after Nordmilch and Humana.
At a meeting last week, the Board of Representatives of Hochwald’s parent company, Erbeskopf Eifelperle eG. voted overwhelmingly (99.5%) in favour of the merger.
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.