Friday, April 12, 2024

Arla Foods reveals plans to become major UK exporter of mozzarella

Arla Foods, the dairy cooperative, is investing over £179m in the UK to enable the business to export mozzarella in the next three years.

As part of the investment, Arla’s Devon based creamery, Taw Valley, will be updated to include state-of-the-art technology – enabling the business to export mozzarella that can be used for the likes of pizza toppings around the world.

In addition to benefiting its farmer owners, one of the cooperative’s biggest ever investments in the UK will create over 100 skilled jobs for the Devon region.

Bas Padberg, Managing Director of Arla Foods UK, said: “Today is a momentous occasion for our UK business, and we are so proud to be announcing this news to our farmer owners, colleagues and customers.

“As one of the biggest food companies in the UK, it is only natural that we look for further opportunities to grow so we can continue to return a fair price back to our farmer owners. We want to continue to increase the value of our farmer owners’ milk, which we believe can be achieved through exploring further export opportunities.”

Arla Foods UK board director, and Arla farmer, Arthur Fearnall, said: “We are incredibly proud to see the UK business receive this significant investment. We’re excited to see how the plans at Taw Valley Creamery progress over the coming years, as we continue to work together to ensure all Arla farmer owners receive the best price for their milk.”

Speaking about the investment in the UK market, Peter Giortz-Carlsen, COO of Arla Foods Europe, adds: “Our mozzarella business has seen double-digit growth over the past five years and we have strong relationships with key customers, particularly in global foodservice, and it’s from that very solid starting point we are announcing the investment today.

“But we also know that we have to work hard to maintain that position amongst the global leaders in the category and deliver on our strategy. This investment allows us to stay among the leaders within mozzarella, serve our customers even better and at the same time improve profitability for our farmer owners’ milk.”

The plans to export mozzarella will start in 2027, but over the next few years, Arla will be making significant changes to Taw Valley Creamery to allow the cooperative to export its products in the near future.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Latest news

Related news

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.