Arla Foods, the Danish dairy firm, will invest €36.3 million ($41.4 million) to build an innovation centre in Denmark focusing on research and development within whey and milk-based ingredients.
The new facility will be part of Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI), an Arla subsidiary, and will “discover and deliver new ways of using milk and whey to serve the needs of the world’s growing population,” according to a company statement.
“The world’s population is growing, which increases the need for healthy and sustainable food”, said Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods. “It is a big challenge, and in Arla we want to be part of the solution. We know that dairy nutrition can play an important role in securing a healthy and balanced diet for people across the world, and with this innovation centre we will use cutting edge research and technology to explore milk and whey to their full potential as ingredients for a wide range of nutrition”.
The 9,000 sq m “state-of-the-art” facility will feature open office spaces, labs and a pilot plant and is expected to be opened in 2021.