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Arla sells packaging subsidiary Danapak Flexibles

Press Release   •   May 08, 2014 10:00 CEST

Arla Foods has reached an agreement to sell its packaging subsidiary Danapak Flexibles A/S to Austian-based Schur Flexibles Group. The takeover is expected to have effect by July 1st 2014, subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.

Danapak Flexibles is a Denmark-based supplier of high-quality packaging for companies in the pharma, dairy, and food industries. Founded in 1955 by the Danish Dairy Board, the company has since been owned by several companies in various constellations, also partly owned by Arla.

In 2009, Arla took over the full ownership of the subsidiary with intentions to prepare the company for a sale to the right buyer within the packaging industry. Meanwhile, in all significant matters, Danapak Flexibles has continued to operate as a stand-alone business. Following years of negative results, Danapak Flexibles has made a successful ‘turn around’ in recent years.

An agreement has now been reached between Arla and the packaging company Schur Flexibles Group in Austria for the sale of Danapak Flexibles.

“We believe this is a ‘win-win’ situation for all parties involved – for Danapak, for Schur Flexibles and for Arla. Over the past several years Arla has sold off subsidiaries that do not have a direct link to dairy production in order to focus on our core business. Since it is not within Arla’s core business to produce packaging, we are no longer the right owner of Danapak, who will be better suited under new ownership that can take the company to the next level in its future development,” says vice-CEO in Arla Foods, Povl Krogsgaard.

The deal is expected to have effect by July 1st 2014, subject to approval by the relevant national competition authorities.

The disposal proceeds will not be disclosed.

Facts:

- Danapak is a Denmark-based supplier of a strong niche assortment of high-quality flexible packaging within its three core segments: Pharma, Dairy and Food.
- Revenue in 2013: approximately 400 million DKK.
- 190 employees
- Headquarter and main production site located in Slagelse, Denmark. One additional printing facility in Horsens, Denmark.
- Customers include companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Arla Foods, and Nestlé.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 12.600 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg. Arla Foods is one of the strongest players in the international dairy arena, with a wide range of dairy products of highest quality. Well-known brands like Lurpak® and Castello® belongs to the Arla family. Arla Foods is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic products.