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Investment goes in as Cravendale sales take off

Press Release   •   May 18, 2004 15:23 BST

An additional investment of up to £20 million is to be injected into Arla's new dairy at Stourton, south Leeds to provide new Cravendale production facilities.

Sales of the branded milk are continuing to soar and the investment is necessary to meet the increasing demand.

The new facility at Stourton will complement existing Cravendale production at Arla's Hatfield Peverel dairy, Essex, ensuring that Cravendale has a presence in both the north and south of the UK.

Arla Foods UK plc is home to some of the UK’s leading dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor. Processing approximately two billion litres of milk a year Arla continues to be one of the UK’s leading dairy companies and a supplier of fresh liquid milk and cream to the top seven retailers.

Over 2,500 daily deliveries are made directly to stores nationwide and Arla brands can be found across the dairy category. As well as the leader of the butter, spreads and margarine sector, and a major supplier of other added value products including flavoured milk and cheese, Arla continues to build working relationships with Arla Foods Milk Partnership, a unique group of dairy farmers, which supplies around 90 per cent of Arla's total milk requirements.

Behind this leading business is a team of circa 2,800 people across the UK located at our dairies, distribution centres and head office.