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The election to Arla Foods amba’s Board of Directors 2017-2019 has today been confirmed. This took place at the Board of Representatives’ meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The trends, technologies and products that will shape the worldwide dairy category in the future will be created hand-in-hand with chefs, scientists, consumers and customers at Arla Foods’ new state-of-the-art global innovation center, built in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing food clusters in Aarhus, Denmark.
Arla aims to be among the world’s leading dairy companies within the child nutrition category. In order to strengthen its infant milk formula production and continually set new quality standards in the category, Arla is now investing 12 million euro in an upgrade of its AKAFA site in Northern Denmark.
Arla’s Board of Representatives has decided to distribute a total of EUR 124 million to the farmer-owners as the annual supplementary payment, also known as the 13th payment. On average, that amounts to one eurocent per kilo of milk supplied by each farmer.
Arla delivered a solid business performance throughout 2016 and made a strong start to the delivery of its strategy, Good Growth 2020, despite highly volatile milk markets. While revenue declined due to the global price environment, Arla continued to improve the quality of its sales by moving more milk from bulk to brands, and Arla’s net profit grew 20.7 per cent to EUR 356 million.
In 2017 Arla expects to invest 335 million euro in its production sites around the world to support its Strategy 2020 by moving more milk from bulk into branded retail sales and foodservice. The investment is nearly a 50 per cent increase compared to last year's plan and one of the highest ever single-year supply chain investment forecasts in company history.
Arla is teaming up with a number of partners to launch the ‘Food Reform for Sustainability and Health’ (FReSH) programme. It aims to define guidelines on sustainable diets, redefine food production, reshape food consumption and evaluate a sustainable footprint for food transport.
Head of Arla’s South East Asian business, Patrik Hansson, is to return to Sweden as the new head of Arla’s Swedish business from 1 November. He will take over from Henri de Sauvage who announced he is leaving Arla to pursue external opportunities.