Arla Foods will invest around €50 million in its newly inaugurated cheese production site in Bahrain as it positions the facility as its key strategic manufacturing facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The opening of the new state-of-the-art facility follows the company’s acquisition of Mondeléz International’s processed cheese business in the region in May, which also gave it full ownership of the production site.
The majority of Arla’s products sold in the region will now be produced locally at the site in Manama.
By 2025, Arla expects to increase annual production in Bahrain to more than 100,000 tonnes under both Puck, Arla, Dano, Kraft and Private Label brands while creating new jobs in the process.
Since 2010, Arla has more than doubled its sales organically across the MENA region, which is the company’s largest commercial area outside Europe.