Arla megadairy ‘ramping up’ work at 24/7 plant

View - Arla megadairy at Aston Clinton
View - Arla megadairy at Aston Clinton

Arla is pumping out gallons of milk at its Aston Clinton plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week as the company celebrates a landmark year.

The megadairy revealed last week that its revenues rose by 22% to £2.2 billion in 2013.

Head of milk and member services Ash Amirahmadi said he is ‘extremely pleased’ with progress but it is ‘too early’ to comment on the impact of the new Aylesbury dairy as it is still ‘ramping up operations’.

But he said: “Everything is progressing to plan, on time and to budget.

“The Aylesbury dairy is operating 24/7, on a seven-day-a-week basis.

“As is the case with all new dairies, though, we are continuing our active recruitment drive, particularly in the local area.”

Arla opened its £150 million Aylesbury dairy in Aston Clinton in November last year and internationally, produced enough milk to fill three and a half glasses for everyone on the planet.

Mr Amirahmadi said: “We will continue to deliver our ramp-up plans at Aylesbury.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming local schools, community groups and businesses to the dairy’s visitor centre in due course.

“From a UK point of view, 2014 will see us securing a further 300 million litres of owner milk and we are actively looking for new farmers to supply the UK business, including the Aylesbury dairy.

“After the best year in Arla’s history, we are very much focused on growing our business and building on our number one position in fresh milk, butter and spreads as well as cheese.

“We focused on integrating the Milk Link business into Arla during 2013 and we are already seeing good commercial progress as a result of that.”

The plant in Aston Clinton is the world’s biggest fresh milk dairy, covering 70 acres and operating on a zero carbon emissions basis.

It has the capacity to process up to one billion litres of fresh milk, sourced from the co-operative’s dairy farmers.