Arla is investing DKK 250,000,000 (approx. Euro 33,000,000) in establishing a new innovation centre, which will place the company’s food innovation at the absolute forefront of international developments. Agro Food Park currently has 30,000 m2 of office, laboratory and conference facilities, and with Arla's new innovation centre of 10,000 m2 and 120 employees, the number of knowledge workers employed at the Park will total 1,000. The objective is that by 2020, 3,000 knowledge workers will be employed at Agro Food Park.
The Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard, says:
-“Arla's decision to establish a new, large development unit at Agro Food Park is simply fantastic news and a historic business political event. (…) Agro Food Park is well on the way to becoming a North European trailblazer within food innovation, which can make a decisive contribution to future growth in Denmark.
- I am also delighted about the huge signalling effect that is related to Arla's decision to strengthen its presence in Aarhus. This is a very clear message to other large international food-related companies that Aarhus has strong framework conditions to offer – and that Aarhus has what it takes to attract investments, businesses and talent.”
A strong Danish food cluster
The Danish city of Aarhus has an important cluster within foods development and production. The city offers foods businesses an easy access to highly educated labour from the city’s many specialized educations, and leading research and development institutions within foods.
Agro Food Park is a cluster initiative, unifying specialised companies from all fields of the agricultural and food sector. The objective is to combine knowledge and entrepreneurship in order to accelerate innovation and handle the growing complexity caused by the multifunctional role of modern agriculture and food production. Among the issues dealt with are sustainability, cultural and societal values as well as profitable and healthy food production for businesses regardless of size.