For Immediate Release
Contact: Roxy Helman
- United Dairymen of Arizona and Netherlands based Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. will start a joint venture for the production of lactoferrin.
- The partnership combines UDA’s high-quality milk and FrieslandCampina’s advanced knowledge of processing, product and market.
- Lactoferrin is a high-quality dairy protein used in infant formula.
[Tempe, AZ, 9/30/19] – Arizona’s only dairy cooperative, United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA), has partnered with FrieslandCampina, to bring lactoferrin to the market. This partnership has a capacity to produce 10 tons of lactoferrin per year and both companies see this as an opportunity for further collaboration.
“Partnering with FrieslandCampina has been an honor for our cooperative. The fact that they’ve chosen Arizona milk to contribute to their global lactoferrin business is very exciting. We are very proud of our farmers for their commitment to animal care, without which we wouldn’t get such high-quality milk” says Keith Murfield, CEO of UDA. UDA dairy farms have a longstanding reputation for consistent milk supply that will benefit the new joint venture for years to come.
“We are excited about the new partnership because of the common values, history and structure of our companies, and it fits our strategic ambitions on lactoferrin. Our technology and extensive experience, combined with the high-quality milk of UDA, will ensure a product that meets global quality – and regulatory requirements for early life nutrition” says Kathy Fortmann, President of FrieslandCampina Ingredients. FrieslandCampina expects to announce further lactoferrin capacity expansion plans soon.
Lactoferrin is naturally present in both cow’s milk and human milk. A number of studies have shown several potential health benefits of Lactoferrin, including anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity. Lactoferrin is a specialty ingredient in early life nutrition.
About United Dairymen of Arizona
United Dairymen of Arizona is a local, family-owned dairy cooperative committed to serve the needs of our members, community and customers by marketing and selling high quality milk and dairy products. Their company has been headquartered in Tempe, Arizona since 1960 when the dairy farmers of the time banded together to form the cooperative.
About Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.
Royal FrieslandCampina daily provides millions of consumers throughout the world with dairy products containing the valuable nutrients from milk. FrieslandCampina produces and sells consumer products such as dairy drinks, infant nutrition, condensed milk, cheese and desserts. It supplies cream and butter products for professional use to bakeries and catering businesses. Additionally, FrieslandCampina produces and sells ingredients and semi-finished products to producers of infant nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector. The annual turnover amounts to 11.6 billion euro. The activities of FrieslandCampina have been divided into four global business groups, being: Consumer Dairy, Specialised Nutrition, Ingredients and Dairy Essentials. FrieslandCampina has locations in 34 countries and employs about 24,000 employees. The Central Office is located in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The company is fully owned by Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A. and with over 18,000 member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium it is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world. For additional information, please visit our website: www.frieslandcampina.com.
The joint venture with UDA will fall within FrieslandCampina’s business group Ingredients. FrieslandCampina Ingredients reported combined sales of €1.7 billion in FY18 and employs an international group of 3,250 employees. The segments Early Life Nutrition, Adult Nutrition, Food & Beverages and Animal Nutrition operate worldwide, with regional sales offices in The Netherlands, USA, Singapore, China and Brazil, under one unified brand identity and tagline, “The Inside Matters”.
For additional information, please visit: www.frieslandcampinaingredients.com.