Arla Foods UK, the farmer-owned dairy company, plans to invest approximately £37.5 million in its UK sites and logistics in 2017, an increase of 51% from 2016.
The £37.5 million will be spread across all its thirteen UK production, packing and distribution sites as well its logistics operation.
The Westbury operation in Wiltshire, home to Anchor butter, will see £3m spent on supporting facilities to ensure continuous product production during planned essential maintenance.
Tomas Pietrangeli, Arla Food UK managing director said: “Last year, I unveiled the most ambitious UK business strategy to date to make Arla a household brand by 2020 and grow its revenue by nearly a third. This ambition is part of the company’s global strategy for growth and will position Arla as the champion of British dairy. By continually investing and improving our sites, we can ensure we grow capacity, maintain high quality of our products and ultimately return the best possible price to our farmer owners.”
The UK figure is part of the £285 million investment Arla expects to make at its sites around the world. It will support its global Strategy 2020 by moving more milk from bulk into branded, own label and foodservice sales. The overall investment forecast is nearly a 50 per cent increase compared to last year (£192m/€227m in 2016) and one of the highest ever single-year supply chain investment in the company’s history.