UK- Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) CEO, Henrik Andersen has announced his decision to step down after an illustrious career spanning nearly three decades.

Andersen, who has been at the helm since 2010, expressed his desire to explore new career paths and engage in diverse projects, including serving as a board member.

Andersen initially joined AFI in 1994 and played a pivotal role in the company’s development, particularly in the whey business.

“It has been a journey of discovering and delivering powerful nutrition, and I continue to see great potential for sustainable growth,” he stated.

He highlighted the successful implementation of Strategy26 and expressed confidence in the incoming leadership’s ability to craft the next strategic phase.

Under his leadership, AFI experienced significant growth and success, with a focus on innovation and strategic planning.

His successor, Luis Cubel, currently the Vice President for commercials at AFI, will officially take over as CEO on February 1, 2024.

Cubel, a veteran of AFI since 2002, has a wealth of experience, having served as the general manager of AFI in Germany for three years and later overseeing commercial aspects as vice president since 2015.

“I am honoured to have been appointed as the next CEO of AFI, an organization I have been proud to serve during the last 20 years,” he said.

Arla Foods CEO Peder Tuborgh acknowledged Andersen’s dedicated service, expressing support for his decision to embark on a new chapter.

Tuborgh assured continued collaboration, as Andersen takes on the role of a board member of the AFI business board.

In a separate development earlier in October, Arla Foods Ingredients announced a significant investment for growth in Latin America.

The Porteña facility in Argentina has undergone enhancements, including the addition of a new drying tower, to meet the increasing global demand for quality whey ingredients, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

The upgraded facility, set to be completed in 2026, aligns with AFI’s strategy to produce infant-formula-grade protein.

This expansion is a response to the rising demand, with the new drying tower doubling the capacity for whey permeate powder production.

“This upgrade aligns with our strategy to meet the growing demand for quality whey products in Latin America and worldwide,” Henrik Andersen stated as he emphasized the strategic importance of the expansion.

“The Porteña facility will adhere to strict global standards for infant-grade protein production, ensuring improved sanitation and operational processes.”

Andersen expressed confidence in the success of producing infant-grade products in Latin America, attributing it to unwavering dedication and partnerships with local dairies.

With the recent upgrades, Arla anticipates a surge in infant-grade production, aligning with the World Health Organization’s recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding with suitable foods until age two or beyond.