With the infant nutrition sector in its sights
Arla Foods Ingredients has officially opened its new €120m lactose manufacturing plant in Jutland, Denmark. The factory will produce 80,000 tonnes of lactose each year and is located in Videbæk, adjacent to Arla Foods Ingredients’ whey processing facility, Denmark Protein.
Lactose from the factory will predominantly be sold into the infant nutrition sector. Among the products made at the facility will be Arla Foods Ingredients’ premium ‘dry blend’ lactose, which is said to enable infant formula manufacturers to increase their output dramatically without compromising safety or requiring significant capital investment.
Luis Cubel, Sales Director for Arla Foods Ingredients’ Permeate & Lactose Business, said the new factory 'is part of our drive to keep pace with growth in demand for high quality lactose in the infant nutrition sector'.
'It is not just about serving our customers now, but also serving them in the future, with a consistent, reliable supply of lactose day in, day out,' he said.
Henrik Andersen, CEO of Arla Foods Ingredients, added: 'We’re very proud to open this new lactose factory, and to have done so on schedule. The future direction of our business is about meeting demand in growth segments. Where it is necessary, we are not afraid to invest in the production facilities required to do that, as this modern facility demonstrates.'