‘Glada Bonden’ takes over Boxholm Dairy

The municipality of Boxholm recently bought the local, closed, dairy from Arla. Now the municipality has sold it on to ‘Glada Bonden’, which will restart dairy production in the building. Arla protests.

Wednesday, it was clear that the association Glada Bonden has bought Boxholm Dairy from the Municipality,

– I can confirm. This is a big day for Sweden’s farmers, Anders Birgersson, chairman of Glada Bonden, said to ATL, when the deal was a reality.

But already next day, Arla reacted by threatening to sue the municipality – partly due to a clause on the use of the dairy, partly because there still is uncertainty about some of the equipment.

– Our responsibility is our owners’ money. We will not accept that someone else takes over the machines we have in the property, Erik Bratthall, press manager at Arla Sweden said to ATL.

Glada Bonden is an economic association, with 60 farmers spread across southern and central Sweden. Their hope is to start production in the dairy in the beginning of 2021.

– We reckon to have a turnover of 1,5 mia. SEK within five years. We are planning for milk- and cheese production, but in a smaller scale compared to the dairy’s previous operations, Anders Birgersson told ATL

Read about Arla’s reaction HERE