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​Arla Foods UK welcomes Duncan Malyon as new commercial director

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Arla Foods announces the appointment of Duncan Malyon to the role of UK commercial director, following the appointment of Ash Amirahmadi to UK managing director.

Duncan will join Arla later this year, from his current role in Camelot, and brings with him a breadth of experience across all retail formats, proven people leadership and a strong entrepreneurial mindset, all of which are valued highly by the farmer-owned cooperative.

Arla Foods UK, managing director, Ash Amirahmadi comments; “I am very pleased to welcome Duncan to the Arla team. Duncan has a deep understanding of the UK retail market, the sales fundamentals, and a track record of building strategic customer relationships. In particular driving category growth through point of purchase solutions in a rapidly evolving OMNI channel. He is passionate about developing commercial teams, building capability and developing talent. He will significantly strengthen our leadership team and help us as we transform the Arla business.“

“Arla is committed to developing the dairy category and building a sustainable future for our farmer owners. We have invested more than £500m in our supply chain and driven category growth with our customers. We have focused on driving needs based innovations like Arla skyr, Arla BOB, Arla Protein, Starbucks and more recently building capability in the growing sales channels. Duncan will accelerate this effort through working closely with our marketing and supply chain teams both adding category value and reducing costs via end to end value chain solutions.”

On joining the Arla Foods UK team, Duncan comments, “I am delighted to be joining the Arla team. The synergies between my ambitions and those of Arla as a farmer-owned cooperative are what makes this move so exciting for me. I believe that my experience in putting the customer and consumer at the heart of the commercial focus and forward thinking ambitions in digital, retail and multi-channel business aligns well with Arla’s own growth ambitions. Together with the Arla team I look forward to continuing to deliver in an ever-increasing consumer driven grocery market.”

Duncan joins Arla from Camelot where he is a Member of the Executive Board, responsible for designing and implementing new strategy in the retail channel and has held positions including retail director and Senior Vice President for Camelot Global. Duncan has built his sales experience in leading commercial roles at Kraft, Molson Coors Brewery. He is expected to join Arla Foods UK by June 2019.

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 11,200 dairy farmers with circa 2,500 of whom are British.

Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s fifth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products. Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.

Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor®, Arla Cravendale®, and Arla Lactofree® with a turnover of €2.9 billion. The UK is largest market within the Europe Zone, contributing 35% of the zone’s turnover and also comprises 25% of the Group revenue.

As well as being a leading supplier of fresh milk, number one in butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury that later this year will become the first net zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, creameries, distribution centres and head office.

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