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Alistair Darling opens Arla's £18million dairy

Alistair Darling MP, officially opened Arla Foods multi-million pound dairy in Lockerbie recently.

Arla Foods UK plc has invested £18 million in the new facility and is employing 100 people.

The new dairy has the capacity to produce up to 150 million litres of fresh milk per year and its phase one implementation is complete with almost 90 million litres already in production.

The Secretary of State toured the dairy and witnessed first hand the extensive production process. He also met some of the employees who have been trained, from scratch, for the specialised jobs in the last six months.

The Secretary of State said: "This is a major investment for Dumfries and Galloway, bringing more than 100 jobs to this rural area. During my tour of the Arla Foods dairy I have seen some of the most modern and technologically advanced equipment of its kind in action. Meeting staff engaged in a range of work has given me an insight into the activities of the dairy and the importance of this expansion to the local economy."

Tim Smith, Chief Executive of Arla Foods UK plc, said, "We have a long-term commitment to Scotland and to growing our business through the Lockerbie dairy. We are indebted to our colleagues for their hard work and dedication in ensuring full-scale operations have been successfully implemented in Lockerbie. We have been very impressed by the quality of staff we have employed from the area.

"The dairy at Lockerbie, coupled with our existing facility at Nairn, makes us ideally suited to service the whole Scottish market from the two newest dairies in Scotland."

Arla Foods UK plc is the UK's leading dairy company processing approximately 2.2 billion litres of milk each year and employing over 5,000 people.



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.


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Press contact Arla UK (media queries only, no new business or sponsorship requests) 07966136112

Arla Foods is the UK's number largest dairy company.

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 10,300 dairy farmers with around circa 2,500 of whom are British.

Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s fifth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products. Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.

Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor®, Cravendale, and Lactofree® with a turnover of €2.2 billion. As well as being a leading supplier of fresh milk, number one in butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury and has plans for it to be the first zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, distribution centres and head office.

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