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FrieslandCampina weighs up new dairy facility in the Netherlands

March 15, 2019
Food & Drink

FrieslandCampina is exploring options to build a new dairy processing facility in the Netherlands to meet increased demand for its products.

The proposed plant would process milk into fresh dairy products, ingredients used for the production of early life and adult nutrition, and for cheese manufacturing.

Due to the potential size of the facility, as well as sustainability and technical requirements, the company is looking to build on a greenfield site.

Milk used in the production process on site would be sourced from FrieslandCampina’s own member dairy farmers.

In a statement, the company said the plant “would be built according to the latest insights in the area of technology and sustainability”.

The dairy cooperative has carried out a series of investments in recent months. In January, a new distribution centre was opened in Meppel, the Netherlands, which stores and transfers dairy products for export markets such as China, Hong Kong, Russia and Greece.

Last year, the firm acquired Jana Foods, Millán Vicente and Best Cheese Corporation USA, and bought the remaining shares in Friesland Huishan Dairy – a Chinese joint venture it set up in 2014 with Huishan.

Last month, the company said it will make 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025, as it signed the Dutch government’s Plastic Pact along with 70 other organisations.

When the announcement was made, Bas Roelofs, managing director of FrieslandCampina consumer dairy Netherlands, said: “In order to close the chain as well as possible, we also want to be able to use as much recycled plastic as possible in our packaging.

“It’s great that more than 70 frontrunners are now joining forces in this pact so that we can accelerate the closing of the plastic chain.”

By Jules Scully

Source: FoodBev

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