Annual Report 2008 is ready

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05 March 2009
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Arla Foods’ Board of Representatives has approved the allocation of the annual profits as recommended by the Board of Directors. The Annual Report for 2008 is, therefore, now available.

The Annual Report reviews the events that made 2008 a historic and dramatic year for Arla Foods. You can also follow the milk’s journey from cow to consumer.

In the preface, CEO Peder Tuborgh states:
“2008 was a record year in terms of members’ earnings which were DKK 2.82 per kilo for members’ milk against DKK 2.47 in 2007. The key figures in Arla Foods’ annual accounts show falls in several areas. Owing to Arla’s cooperative status, however, we have decided to maintain a consistently high payment to our owners. However, towards the end of the year, we faced increased price pressure. The global market for milk reversed from a shortage to a surplus, competition instensified and the deepening financial crisis resulted in a reduction of record high milk prices to our members.”

Chairman Ove Møberg comments:
“Yet another year with substantial fluctuations in the global market has come to an end. This time it started on a high, but ended on a low note. We have laid the foundations for a more agile company with more frequent dialogue with owners and the right focus on the future, guided by clear and crucial priorities.

Read or download the full report here.

Allocation of the annual profits
Arla Foods’ profits for 2008 of DKK 556 million are allocated to the co-operative members in øre per kg co-operative member milk:

  • Supplementary payment 2.2 øre
  • Consolidation on delivery based owner certificates 3.0 øre
  • Strategy fund 2.1 øre
  • Reconsolidation 2.1
  • Return on personal accounts 0.1 øre

See also press release on the annual results here

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) +4591310310
Åse Andersson
Åse Andersson Head of Media Press contact for Arla Foods in Denmark +45 91 310 310 +45 89 38 10 00
Carina Østergaard
Carina Østergaard Corporate Communication Manager Press contact for Arla Foods International +45 91 31 16 01 +45 89 38 10 00