EU approves merger between MUH and Arla Foods
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- 28 September 2012
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The merger between German Milch-Union Hocheifel (MUH) and Arla Foods has today been approved by the EU competition authorities. The merger is now set to take effect on October 1st 2012.
With the approval in place Arla is just days away from welcoming new cooperative owners in Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, where MUH’s current cooperative owners are based.
Arla’s Executive Vice President and director of the company’s operations in Germany, Tim Ørting Jørgensen, is delighted the merger has been approved as it will significantly increase Arla’s activities in the German market.
”This is a big day in the company history of both Arla and MUH. This merger will provide Arla with new opportunities on the German market not only in terms of an increased supply of raw milk and access to a strong product portfolio, but it also creates a platform for increased export to growth markets like China. We are prepared to begin the integration process and look forward to generating the greatest possible value from the new joint business,” says Tim Ørting Jørgensen.
MUH is Germany’s eigth-largest dairy company, specialising in production of so-called long life milk (milk with extended shelf life) and fresh liquid milk in the town of Pronsfeld, southwest of Cologne near the border of Belgium and Luxembourg. MUH employs approximately 800 people and has approximately 2700 cooperative owners who – like Arla’s owners – are dairy farmers. In 2011 the company generated a revenue of approximately 680 million Euro, of which approximately 40 per cent came from exports.
Arla has a long history in Germany with well-known brands including Arla Buko and Arla Kærgården, both of which are delivering rapid growth. The merger between MUH and Arla creates the third-largest dairy company in Germany, which will be called Arla Foods Deutschland.
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.