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Settle creamery increases production to meet demand

Press Release   •   Nov 22, 2011 15:53 GMT

Arla Foods has expanded UHT production at its Settle creamery which has resulted in the site doubling its capacity of its square UHT carton to boost production and enable the company to meet current and future demand.

A new high-speed UHT filler has been installed at the site, which is now fully operational and has the capacity to fill up to 15,000 screw cap square cartons per hour.

The new filler, which will supplement the creamery’s existing UHT fillers, was installed as a result of increased demand from Arla’s major retail customers.

Craig Newton, Settle’s UHT and butter production manager, said: “The site was barely able to cope with the current production levels so it was necessary to increase capacity if we were to meet additional increased demand for UHT milk.

“This is a significant development for the creamery and will enable the company to meet future demand requirements.”

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.