UK investigation launched

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20 September 2007
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Investigation into the UK dairy sector 2002-2003

More than four years ago, the UK competition authority, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), launched an investigation into certain increases in the price of UK produced fresh milk, butter and cheese relating to the period 2002 to 2003. The investigation relates to a period during which UK dairy farmers had been suffering from falling returns and unsustainable prices over several years. These market developments were in the public domain and reported in the national press.

Today, the OFT announced that it has issued its provisional findings after a review of the case (known as a Statement of Objections), to the parties involved. This is a very complex case and Arla is still in the process of reviewing the details and will submit its views to the OFT in due course.

Arla is fundamentally opposed to any practice that is unfair and takes stringent steps to ensure nationally applicable laws are followed. Arla has built its position as one of the EU’s leading dairy foods producers by quality, service and choice and fully supports a transparent fair and open market place.

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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Carina Østergaard Corporate Communication Manager Press contact for Arla Foods International +45 91 31 16 01 +45 89 38 10 00