Arla confirm Aylesbury site for £150m 'mega dairy'
ARLA Foods UK has announced that its £150 million ‘mega dairy’ is to be located in Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire.
The plant, which will be built on a 70-acre site at Aston Clinton, will be the world’s first billion litre liquid milk dairy.
The milk processor said Aylesbury had emerged as the front-runner as it gave the best ‘overall logistics solution’ for Arla’s customers, when both raw milk collection from farm and finished product to the retailers was taken into account. It also provides the best access to a densely populated area.
When it announced its intention to build the new facility in November 2009, Arla Foods amba referred to it as being the most ‘environmentally advanced in the world’. Today it confirmed its plans to establish the dairy as the ‘first zero carbon milk processing facility’.
The new facility will be operational in 2012. It is anticipated that around 500 production, distribution and administration jobs will be created at the site.
Arla Foods UK chief executive Peter Lauritzen said: “I am delighted that, once again, Arla is taking the lead in setting the future standards of the dairy industry. Being zero carbon will put the new dairy in a class of its own, demonstrating our environmental responsibilities and our ambition of becoming the UK’s number one dairy company.”
Jakob Nielsen, Arla’s project director for the new dairy, said the next step is to appoint contractors to work with us on the project.” “We are already working with the local authority to agree the scope of the planning application and we are in the process of finalising the design specifications,” he said.