Arla invests €80m to expand mozzarella capacity

Arla invests €80m to expand mozzarella capacity
Credit: Karl Allgaeuer

Arla is investing €80 million to more than double the production of mozzarella at its Branderup Dairy in Denmark to meet rising global demand.

Arla’s mozzarella production in Denmark is concentrated on Branderup and Rødkærsbro Dairies. From here, cheeses are shipped worldwide to 100 countries on all continents.

“An expansion of this size places Arla in the forefront as one of the world’s leading producers of mozzarella cheese and gives us the opportunity to build on that position as a supplier of high quality mozzarella in Europe, Asia, USA and the Middle East,” says Sami Naffakh, Executive Vice President for Supply Chain.

Arla will expand the milk weighing capacity, milk silo inventory, milk processing area, storage capacity and add a cheese production line to increase the annual production with 53 million kilos of mozzarella.

The amount of extra cheese more than doubles the current mozzarella production, so that Branderup Dairy in the future will produce 91 million kilos of mozzarella per year.

Arla will also create approximately 25 new jobs in the local market in connection with the increased capacity. The new investment is also an investment in more sustainable technology.

The expansion begins next year and expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.