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Milking it together - why co-op ownership works for Arla farmers

David Christensen, is one of the 12,000 Arla farmer owners across Europe, 2,500 of which are in the UK. 

David, who runs a dairy farm in Oxfordshire, says “We work together to create a sustainable long term future for the dairy industry. Farmer ownership means that all of Arla’s profits go back to us, and that as owners we take an active part in deciding how we grow and develop our business. 

The combined businesses of Arla and its farmer owners make a major contribution to the UK economy, playing a key role in the UK food and farming sector. Arla and its farmer owners directly support more than 50,000 jobs in the UK and can be indirectly associated with more than 119,000 jobs in total, which equates to a 0.51% share of employment in the entire UK business economy.

"That strength and scale means we can work together to ensure the public knows who benefits from their purchases" says David.

"We have found that 60% of consumers are willing to pay more for their dairy products if they know that money will go directly back to the farmers. Scale also allows us to invest in innovation which is so important to ensure a future fair price for our milk."

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Updated: 25/05/2019