GERMANY - Dairy processor Arla Foods and DMK Group have opened a new production plant at DMK’s Nordhackstedt site in Northern Germany as part of a joint venture.
The new ArNoCo site will process the whey produced from DMK’s cheese production and supply high-quality whey protein concentrate and lactose to Arla’s global ingredients business.
The joint venture ArNoCo was established in 2011, and the following year construction began on a new production facility.
In late 2014, the company began its first test production at the state-of-the-art whey processing facility, and since the end of February 2015 ArNoCo has been able to use the full capacity of the production facilities.
With around 40 employees, the site processes around 700,000 tonnes of whey, which is made into 25,000 tonnes of lactose and 12,000 tons of whey protein concentrate per year.
During the official opening of the facility today, guests were able to see for themselves the modern technology deployed in the new site as the visitors were allowed a glimpse of manufacturing procedures during a tour of the facility.
They also learned about the effort involved in manufacturing products which live up to the strict requirements for baby food.
With the production of whey protein concentrate, ArNoCo forms an interface between Arla Foods and the DKM Group, which own equal shares in the joint venture.
“The international ingredients business is one of our strategic growth areas. The production facility at the Nordhackstedt site is in a logistically ideal location for processing the whey obtained from the neighbouring DMK factory. Through our subsidiary joint venture, we can exploit the synergies between Arla Foods and the DMK Group to optimum effect,” said Dr Josef Schwaiger, spokesman for the Executive Board of the DMK GROUP.
Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods, who also attended the opening, is pleased with the new possibilities that the ArNoCo joint venture production brings.
“With our mutual investments in ArNoCo, DMK and Arla Foods can build very successfully on our strengths and experience. This new joint venture will enhance Arla Foods Ingredients’ position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of the highest quality whey protein and lactose ingredients. The market for these products is growing fast, so we are pleased to get started on this new production,” he said.
The ArNoCo management team is made up of representatives from Arla Foods and the DMK Group. The DMK Group delivers the raw material along with processing expertise and is responsible for the production’s energy supply, IT and administration. Arla Foods refines the whey protein concentrate produced by ArNoCo into whey protein powder and derivatives used in many different areas of application – from food to fitness products and products for professional athletes.
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