Tistrup Dairy in Denmark, the world’s oldest working co-operative dairy, is celebrating its 120th birthday on Sunday, June 8th.
When the dairy opened on the site which it still occupies on June 8, 1883, the cost of building the dairy amounted to DKK 15,261.23.
While some of the dairy’s outer walls can be considered to be of historical importance, the internal areas and machinery meet all requirements for modern cheese production. With a permanent staff of 30 Tistrup Dairy has an annual production of 4,000 tons firm cheese, Old Ole and other extra aged cheeses.
Under Arla Foods’ strategy plan from 2001 Tistrup dairy, however, is earmarked for closure although no dates have been fixed. The anniversary will be marked by a special breakfast for the dairy’s local co-operative shareholders on June 6.
Cheese-maker Gert Bjerre, right, and Erik Møller Madsen, Dairy Manager at the world’s oldest working co-operative dairy.