Number of Arla Foods employees worldwide 2006-2018

Arla food employed 19,577 people in 2013, the greatest number of employees during this period. In the following years the company experienced annual job losses, but in 2019 the figure increased to 19,190.

A leading Nordic brand

Arla Foods, headquartered in Denmark, was formed in the year 2000 when Mejeriselskabet Danmark and Swedish Arla merged. Of the global workforce, 38 percent are of Danish nationality and 17 percent Swedish. At the end of 2018 the company was ranked as one of the top 20 most profitable companies in Denmark.

Global performance

  From 2010 to 2014, Arla Foods reported an annual increase in revenue, but experienced losses in the following two years. Despite this, revenues have since recovered and reached 10.4 billion in 2018. The United Kingdom was Arla’s largest market that year, with revenues amounting to 2.7 billion euros. The German and Swedish markets are both slightly more than half the size of the UK market.

Number of employees of Arla Foods worldwide from 2006 to 2018

Number of employees
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Release date

February 2019


Worldwide, Denmark, Sweden

Survey time period

2006 to 2018

Special properties

average number of full-time employees

Supplementary notes

Data for preceding years is based on earlier reports of the company.

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