Arla Foods Ingredients had opened a €120m (£95.1m) lactose manufacturing plant in Jutland, Denmark. 

The factory will produce 80,000 tonnes of lactose every year and is situated by the company’s whey processing facility, Denmark Protein.

Produce from the new factory will be mainly sold into the infant nutrition sector. Among the products made will be Arla’s premium ‘dry blend’ lactose, which enables infant formula manufacturers to increase their output without compromising on safety.

Luis Cubel, sales director for Arla’s Permeate & Lactose business, said: “Our new lactose factory in Jutland is part of our drive to keep pace with growth in demand for high-quality lactose in the infant nutrition sector. It is not just about serving our customers now, but also serving them in the future, with a consistent, reliable supply of lactose day in, day out.”

Henrik Andersen, chief executive, added: “We’re very proud to open this new lactose factory, and to have done so on schedule. The future direction of our business is about meeting demand in growth segments. Where it is necessary, we are not afraid to invest in the production facilities required to do that, as this modern facility demonstrates.

"Meeting demand for premium dairy ingredients is a fundamental pillar of our ‘Quality starts here’ brand platform, and we are dedicated to ensuring our customers can source the products they want at all times.”