United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Ruislip and Newcastle
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.5 - Manufacture of dairy products

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 September 2004
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2005
Foreseen end date
1 July 2005


Danish dairy group Arla, which produces Lurpak and Anchor butter, said more than 400 jobs would go in the first half of next year as it closes down a dairy in Ruislip, West London, and one in Newcastle. Closures were widely expected following the group's acquisition of Express Dairies last year. The announcement comes five months after Arla cut 310 jobs with the closure of a dairy in Lancashire and a bottling line in Essex. A new Arla dairy in Leeds has begun production. Cost savings from the acquisition of Express Dairies were 'ahead of schedule', Arla said in a statement. Commenting on the closures, chief executive Neil Davidson said: 'The industry had spare capacity ... taking that out was one of the things that made the merger attractive.'


  • 1 October 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Arla Foods, Merger/Acquisition in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60539, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60539.