Dairy Dynamics – ESM Chats To Arla Chief Executive Peder Tuborgh
Danish dairy cooperative Arla believes that its collaborative approach should enable it to bounce back even stronger after the pandemic subsides. ESM spoke to its chief executive, Peder Tuborgh.
Out of every adversity comes an opportunity, and while 2020 was 'the most challenging crisis that Arla has ever operated in', as the Danish dairy giant put it in a recent statement, its cooperative-led model has positioned it for a strong return to form once the pandemic subsides.
The past year has really been a double-edge tale for the Viby-based business, as its branded sales division, led by brands such as Lurpak, Arla and Puck, grew 7.7%. At the same time, its extensive foodservice operations had a disastrous year due to the prolonged closure of the HoReCa channel – after an initial 45% drop in revenue in Spring 2020, the business recovered to be down 12% for the year overall.
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