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Foremost Farms USA and Arla Foods, a European dairy cooperative, are in advanced discussions about forming a strategic partnership. Representatives recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the possibility of future partnership.

Henrik Andersen, Arla Foods Ingredients group vice-president, said the two farmer-owned cooperatives share many of the same values, plus their whey-market ambitions are compatible. Arla Foods wants to secure access to whey in the U.S. market, he said.

Michael Doyle, Foremost Farms USA president and chief executive officer, said his cooperative seeks to leverage Arla’s global food-supply connections and innovation expertise with its own diverse plant network and member milk.

Further details about strategic-partnership plans have not yet been disclosed.

Foremost Farms USA, headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin, supplies dairy products and dairy ingredients to national and international markets. Visit for more information.

Arla Foods Ingredients is a subsidiary fully owned by Arla Foods Group, headquartered in Viby, Denmark. It’s focused on whey ingredients for bakery, dairy and beverage nutrition. Visit for more information.