Arla to expand Wisconsin facility

by Keith Nunes
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HOLLANDTOWN, WISC. — Arla Foods announced plans to expand its cheese processing facility in Hollandtown. The company did not release details of the expansion, but said it was due to the “American consumers’ growing interest in premium class quality cheese.” The expansion is scheduled to be completed in early summer 2011, according to the company.

“When the expansion is completed next year, we’ll be in a stronger position to compete for large contracts,” said Susie Møller Hjorth, Arla’s country manager for the U.S. “At the same time, Arla will be better placed to meet major customers’ demands for locally produced cheese and we’ll have the capacity to focus on product development and customer innovation.”

Seventy per cent of Arla’s products for the United States are produced at Arla's two U.S. dairies in Muskegon, Mich., and Hollandtown, while 30% is imported from Arla’s dairies in Denmark. The company sells approximately 16,000 tonnes of cheese in the United States per year.

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