University of Copenhagen and Arla renew co-operation

Deal underlines that research, food and business go hand-in-hand

The University of Copenhagen (KU) and dairy giant Arla agreed this week to continue their ambitious co-operation involving research within food technology, nutrition, flavouring, ingredients and health originally launched in 2011.

The agreement means that Arla will contribute 5 million kroner until 2018 for strategic KU activities involving the research and technological advances of future dairy production and the Danish food industry in general.

“Since signing the agreement in 2011 we have initiated joint research projects and we have established a dairy excellence centre together with Arla Foods and Aarhus University,” said Bjarke Bak Christensen, the head of the Department of Food Science at KU.

“In future the excellence centre will bring new dairy products for consumers – products that can prevent lifestyle diseases. This has been possible only by support from both Arla Foods and the Danish Dairy Research.

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New professorship
The extended collaboration will also include the necessary funds for the establishment of a new professorship in dairy technology, which has been given to Lilia Ahrné at the Department of Food Science.