Rationalisation plan for Arla Foods plc

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02 April 2004
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Arla Foods plc has announced today its intention to rationalise its production facilities and central functions across the UK.

The outcome of a further review of its production and distribution facilities for 2005 will be announced in October of this year.

The company intends, subject to consultation, to close its dairy at Bamber Bridge and its glass bottling line at the Hatfield Peverel, resulting in the loss of some 310 jobs.
Subject to consultation, it is planned that the Hatfield glass bottling line closure will take place in May 2004, and the Bamber Bridge site closure in July 2004.

Leeds dairy will close in October 2004 once the new dairy in Stourton on the outskirts of Leeds, is open, with staff transferring to the new dairy.

To meet the increasing demand for the specially produced milk Cravendale PurFiltre a further investment of up to £20 million will be made at the new Stourton dairy. This facility will complement the existing Cravendale line at Hatfield Peverel.

Furthermore a £12 million investment in Manchester dairy will be completed by June 2005.

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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Arla Group Press Office
Arla Group Press Office (journalists/media only) pressoffice@arlafoods.com +4591310310
Åse Andersson
Åse Andersson Head of Media Press contact for Arla Foods Group aasan@arlafoods.com +45 91 310 310 +45 89 38 10 00
Pernille Bonne Nejsig
Pernille Bonne Nejsig Press and Communication specialist Press contact for Arla Foods Group perne@arlafoods.com +45 91311232 +45 89 38 10 00