UK - Arla Foods UK is is to cut around 100 jobs as part of the company’s restructuring aimed at addding value and bringing innovation to the UK dairy sector as well as meet future competition.
Arla says the moves will help the company meet the challenges of the dairy market and grocery sector and ultimately benefit its farmer owners.
The company has invested over £500 million in its UK business over recent years to create the solid platform from which it now operates including its merger with Milk Link, opening the world’s largest fresh milk facility at Aylesbury, and recruiting circa 3,000 British farmers into its cooperative, as well as building a much improved supply chain.
It is now taking the natural step to tighten its organisation through a restructure that will increase its focus on building its brands, up-weight its innovation and deliver even more for its customers.
Arla said it has a good platform from which to operate and now plans to restructure its business so that it can further invest in its commercial and marketing areas as well as become more agile, efficient and competitive.
As a result of this, Arla is proposing to cut about 100 positions and those affected will be entering into a consultation process.
Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, Arla Foods UK, Executive Vice President, said: “I know that there are many more opportunities open for us to drive dairy further and that we can make it even more exciting for our customers and consumers.
“The changes that we have announced will enable us to dial-up our innovation and use the inherent healthy credentials that dairy has to offer. We have ambitious plans next year including further investment in our Arla brand and launching a range of new products in our current and new categories.
“We will be working across our organisation to limit the number of proposed redundancies and I understand that this will be an uncertain time for some of our colleagues and their families.
“However, the plans that we are announcing today, will leave us better placed to remain the strongest and best performing dairy company in the future.“
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