The joint venture between Arla Foods and the DMK Group – called ArNoCo GmbH & Co. KG – entered a new stage Wednesday as the two companies opened a brand new production facility at DMK’s Nordhackstedt site in Northern Germany. The new ArNoCo site will process the whey produced from DMK’s cheese production and supply high-quality whey protein concentrate and lactose to Arla’s global ingredients business.
The joint venture ArNoCo was established in 2011, and the following year construction began on a new production facility. In late 2014, the company began its first test production at the state-of-the-art whey processing facility, and since the end of February 2015 ArNoCo has been able to use the full capacity of the production facilities. With around 40 employees, the site processes around 700,000 tons of whey, which is made into 25,000 tons of lactose and 12,000 tons of whey protein concentrate per year.