It is likely to be months before production at MD Foods' Høng Dairy can be resumed following the considerable fire damage to the dairy on New Year's Day and the cost will run into millions of kroner. No time schedule has yet been set for the resumption of production at Høng.
The fire has primarily affected the packing and stores area where Høng's special packing machines, essential to the production of long-life camembert cheese, were destroyed. 300 tons cheese were lost in the fire.
The fire broke out at one of the loading ramps where a plastic covered crate ignited – probably by a firework. The blaze spread to the roof and on to the stores containing substantial numbers of crates and cheese.
Long-life camembert is mainly exported to Japan, Canada and USA.