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Arla cuts 79 jobs due to Russian import ban

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Arla cuts 79 jobs due to Russian import ban
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09:50 CEST+02:00
The dairy company said "it can definitely be felt when a market like Russia is suddenly shut completely down".
As warned last week, the Russian import ban on Danish food and agricultural products has led to job losses at the dairy company Arla.
 
The company announced on Tuesday that it was forced to let go of 79 employees as a result of the Russian ban
 
Arla stopped all production of butter and cheese for the Russian market on Thursday, and redirected milk that normally heads to Russia to other markets. 
 
 
The company has ten dairies in Denmark that produce goods for Russia. 
 
“This is in all ways an unfortunate situation for Arla, our co-op members and for those colleagues that are now being directly affected by the Russian import ban,” Arla’s senior vice president, Lars Dalsgaard, said in a press release. 
 
“Production for the Russian market has been experiencing strong growth over the past years so it can definitely be felt when a market like Russia is suddenly shut completely down,” he added. 
 
Arla said that 30 of the 79 affected positions were staffed by temporary employees. 
 
Prior to the announced Russian ban, Arla expected to earn 1.2 billion kroner ($215 million) from the Russian market in 2014. 
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