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Arla Foods

NameArla Foods
TypeAgricultural cooperative
Foundation, 2000
Location CityÅrhus
Location CountryDenmark
Key People * Peder Tuborgh, CEO * Povl Krogsgaard, Vice CEO * Andreas Lundby, Vice CEO * Åke Hantoft, Chairperson
Area ServedWorldwide
IndustryDairy
Revenue49,030 Million DKK(2010)
Operating Income1,413 Million DKK(2010)
Net Income1,253 million DKK(2010)
Members7,178 (2010)
Denmark: 3,649
Sweden: 3,529
Num Employees16,215 (2010)
Homepagehttp://arla.com

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Arla Foods is a Swedish-Danish cooperative based in Århus, Denmark, and the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia. Arla Foods was formed as the result of a merger between the Swedish dairy cooperative Arla and the Danish dairy company MD Foods on 17 April 2000.

Arla Foods is the seventh largest dairy company in the world measured by turnover. Among the cooperative dairy companies Arla is the third largest in the world. At the start of 2010, 7,625 Danish and Swedish cooperative members owned the cooperative.

Arla Foods has three major brands: Arla, Lurpak and Castello that are sold worldwide. The Arla Brand is both a co-operative brand and a brand across all product categories. Lurpak is the leading brand for butter and spreads and Castello is the first-class cheese brand, incl. blue cheese and yellow cheese. The name Arla derives from the same word as the English word "early" and is an archaic Swedish term for "early (in the morning)".


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