Arla introduces new brand and plant-based products
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- 05 March 2020
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In recent years, an increasing number of consumers are looking for plant-based products, and the trend is set to continue. Therefore, Arla has decided to enter the market for plant-based products to meet consumer demand and to develop the category with natural products and unique flavor compositions. Initially, Arla will launch three oat drinks under the new brand, JÖRĐ, an umbrella brand for 100 per cent plant-based products.
Arla – one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives – is now entering the market for plant-based products. The company is ready with three oat-drinks introduced under the new brand, JÖRĐ, that is now on its way to European consumers to meet their demand. Arla has leveraged its knowledge and expertise within food to develop the category with new and exciting flavors. And in the future, JÖRĐ will be the umbrella brand for an entire selection of plant-based food products.
“More and more European consumers are looking towards plant-based products. And we know that consumers are enjoying dairy and plant-based drinks side by side. With our unique expertise and innovation power it is natural for us to enter this market, which is adjacent to the milk category. We aim to develop the category with a natural, Nordic range that fits into the everyday life of the European consumers and we see this as an exciting business opportunity,” says Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President for Global Marketing and Innovation in Arla.
With JÖRĐ Arla has created three oat drinks that combine plant ingredients in a brand-new way to create unique flavour compositions. The three oat drinks are natural and pure made with only four or five ingredients from the Nordic nature. JÖRĐ Oat is a pure oat drink with a fresh and pure taste, JÖRĐ Barley has a delicate sweetness from barley, and JÖRĐ Hemp has an oat base balanced with the subtle nuttiness of organic hemp.
Dairy and plants go hand in hand
Milk will always be at the heart of Arla’s business and the key ingredient in the vast majority of the products. However, plant-based products are adjacent to the company’s existing product portfolio. And as a category leader in the core European markets, it is natural for Arla to enter this category and contribute to the development of it with new products and flavors. The company enters the market with a strong ambition to become a significant player within the coming years.
“At Arla, we are committed to deliver in the plant-based category. We have the willingness and the capability to serve what the consumers desire – both in the dairy and plant-based categories – and we believe that the JÖRĐ-brand and our natural oat drinks meet these expectations. The three plant-drinks are made with organic and Nordic ingredients and contain up to 50 percent more oat than current market leaders. Parameters, that have tested very well with the consumers,” says Hanne Søndergaard.
Initially, the plant-based drinks will be launched in Denmark, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Arla will investigate the opportunities to launch JÖRĐ in other markets as well.
Facts about JÖRD
- Arla is now launching three oat-drinks that are 100 per cent plant-based under the new brand JÖRĐ.
- Oat: An organic oat drink with a fresh and pure taste.
- Oat & Barley: The fresh oat base complimented with a delicate sweetness from organic barley.
- Oat & Hemp: The fresh oat base balanced with the subtle nuttiness of organic hemp.
- Initially, the plant-based drinks will be launched in Denmark, the United Kingdom and Sweden. In the future, Arla expect to launch JÖRĐ in other European markets as well.
- The oat drinks are produced with organic ingredients at Arla’s production site in Esbjerg, Denmark, and are solely based on raw ingredients that grow in the Nordic region.
- The oat-drinks contain up to 50 percent more oat compared to competing products.
- European consumers will find JÖRĐ plant-based drinks in the fridge in supermarkets.
- Arla plans to launch a whole range of plant-based products under the JÖRĐ-brand.
Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by more than 8,900 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.