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.

Readers' comments (29)

  • Excellent - this is the begining of the end to dairy farming as we know it.

    I cant wait to see who sells this milk- because I will not purchase any food products or other from any retailer purchasing from this producer.

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  • I milk cows too, would you like to expand on that?

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  • " I milk cows too" What a plonker.

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  • The term 'mega dairy' is kinda misleading as it has been used for the Lincolnshire farm which has had a lot of press. This is a milk processing plant and not a farm (Which I think is where the confusion of 'I milk cows too' comes from).
    http://www.arlafoods.co.uk/media/arla-reveals-the-location-of-its-new-mega-dairy-/

    Either that or s/he's annoyed at the vast sums of money available to monopolise the market when the farmgate price is still short.

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  • A "mega dairy" sounds very impressive, but does it grate with anyone else that producers are being asked (sorry- told) to part fund this from their milk cheque? I might be a sceptic but north london isn't very far from the channel tunnel and all that lovely continental milk!

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  • THIS IS A SAD AND UNTHINKING MOVE BY GREEDY BUSINESSMEN AND SOME DAIRY FARMERS .hAVE THEY NOT EVEN CONSIDERED THE SITUATION OF OTHER DAIRY FARMERS AROUND BRITAIN WHO WORK DAMN HARD FOR A LIVING AND GET LITTLE IN RETURN .THIS IS DISGRACEFUL AND A DRASTIC TURNAROUND FOR DAIRY FARMERS .THIS "MEGA DAIRY " SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO COME TO FRUITION FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR DAIRY FARMERS WHICH IS A DAMN SIGHT MORE IMPORTANT THAN A MEGA DAIRY.

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  • Is it a coincidence that Arla are building this at the same time as the proposed Nocton Dairy?
    Mr Willes of Nocton Dairy did say some time ago that they didn't know where their milk would be going!
    I think he probably does now!
    If these 2 are hand-in-hand, we can kiss goodbye to the independent dairy farmer.

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  • I can remember recieving a letter once from Arla stating they were going to drop the price they were giving me for my milk the reason being they had promised share holders a 30million pound profit and had only made £20 million I now know they were penalising me just so they could build a super dairy!!! I hope they fail

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  • At least they are building it in the UK The more investment in processing the better

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  • what about the welfare of the animals? these cows will probably be short lived, living in sheds,being milked 4 times a day, frequently lame and getting mastitus and having lots of anti biotics. i am going to buy organic milk from now on

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