Research and Innovation

Innovation is the engine for growth in Arla. We create new products that delight consumers and help them live a balanced, healthier life. At Arla, our R&D teams push the boundaries of science and technology to build a bright future for dairy, and food for everyone.

Innovative products for everyone

Our research and new product development teams work together to build on science, new technologies, local knowledge, consumer tastes and regulatory networks to develop formulations for launch – for example, into a new market.

Launched in early 2014, Arla Protino® is a range of fresh dairy products that combine a high protein and energy content in a small portion. Arla Protino® has great taste and is designed for people with a low appetite. The product is naturally high in protein: 13,8 gram protein per portion (125 ml), which contributes to muscle growth and maintenance.

Since January 2017, this product has been modified and is now enriched with Calcium and Vitamin D. Both nutrients contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

Research at our world-class facilities

In our newly built Arla Innovation Centre, along with product development teams in the UK, Sweden, China, Germany, Netherlands, Finland and the US, we passionately innovate from farm to plate to create the future dairy products to the world. We do this with state-of-the-art science and consumer labs and a 2000 m2 pilot plant, with more flexibility to install any type of process needed for our innovation projects.

The Innovation Centre is at the heart of the Danish Food cluster – ranked first in the EU in terms of business investment in food and drink R&D – and our researchers are strongly connected, and make innovation happen, all across Arla and its markets.

Our best results are created in cooperation with others

Through Open Innovation we work closely with suppliers, universities and specialist technology companies (e.g., SMEs and entrepreneurs). We value how they contribute with their knowledge and expertise to fast-forward our innovation projects.

Our Open Innovation team makes sure that innovation opportunities from external partners are fully evaluated and, where possible, integrated in the Arla innovation projects.

Arla’s university research is global

We partner with key opinion leaders and scientists working at the front end of science and technology applied to: dairy health and nutrition, product formulation, and sustainable dairy production methods.

For example: Arla Food For Health.

Ready to innovate with Arla?

Arla supports and celebrates young technology entrepreneurs and start-ups. So, if you have a new technology or business idea that will help Arla grow and meet some of the challenges we have set, we would like to work with you through our Open Innovation team. Please apply through our Innovation Challenge portal where we regularly post opportunities to get involved in our most important focus areas.