Arla Foods agrees new brand license for Middle East cheese business with Kraft Heinz

The agreement gives Arla Foods (“Arla”) the license to use the Kraft® brand for the next 12 years in the Middle East on the cheese portfolio recently acquired by Arla from Mondeléz International.

The markets covered by the license contract include Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritius, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE, Yemen and the Seychelles.

“We are delighted to reach this agreement with Kraft Heinz. It fortifies an important persistence of the business we have acquired, which is also good news for the millions of consumers in the region who know and love the Kraft branded cheese products. Combining the Kraft cheese portfolio with our own Puck® range will make us a leader in the cheese category as we can offer customers and consumers the two strongest cheese brands in the market,” says Executive Vice President of Arla’s international zone, Tim Ørting Jørgensen.

The new royalty-bearing license grants Arla the right to use the Kraft brand on cheese products with the exception of Macaroni & Cheese and packaged food products containing a combination of cheese and other foods such as cheese and crackers.

The terms of the license agreement are not disclosed.

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