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Lactalis is an international dairy products corporation. Founded by André Besnier in 1933, Lactalis is a private company. The head office for Lactalis is located in Laval, France. Lactalis is owned by the Besnier family via Belgium-based holding company BSA International SA.

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The recent sale of Italian unit Trentinalatte confirms growth through acquisition is not something Emmi is always successful at. Would, Stefan Kirk asks, the Swiss group's shareholders consider a liquidity event that would make them a participant in European dairy consolidation, plus earn them lots of money?


Katy Askew | 9 Sep 2014

The proposed sale of BRF's Brazilian dairies unit to Lactalis-owned Parmalat looks set to be a win-win for both companies. BRF is focusing on improving the performance of its core meat operations and the group would leave the transaction better positioned to step up its expansion into international protein markets. Meanwhile, Lactalis will strengthen its hand in the promising Brazilian dairy sector, leaving the company well-placed as a global dairy powerhouse. Katy Askew reports.


Dean Best | 3 Jul 2014

Strategically, Dairy Crest's deals with fellow UK dairy group Fayrefield Foods and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra to serve the global infant formula market are astute moves. But the deals could also catch the eye of some of the world's larger dairy processors about Dairy Crest's new capabilities.


Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

Parmalat, majority-owned by French dairy giant Lactalis, has made a significant move to bolster its business in Australia 15 years after it first entered the market. Parmalat has snapped up Australian dairy and fruit juice firm Harvey Fresh, a deal industry watchers believe could help the Italian firm's local business and help it expand its presence in Asia. Dean Best reports.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 6 Dec 2012

Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has just reorganised its export operations. Cees Ruijgrok is overseeing a more integrated export effort to build on the overseas businesses Friesland Foods and Campina had before their 2008 merger. Dean Best spoke to Ruijgrok about the company's export ambitions.


Dean Best | 27 Oct 2010

Swiss dairy giant Emmi is embarking on two key strategies to develop its business. One is significant international expansion. The second is a global marketing programme that emphasises the "Swissness" of its products. Dean Best met Emmi's head of marketing Robin Barraclough at the SIAL food-industry expo to discuss this twin strategy.

Latest News

John Shepherd | 23 Mar 2017

France-based dairy giant Lactalis has failed to reach the 90% stake in Parmalat that it needed to delist the Italian dairy group, according to a filing by the Milan bourse.


John Shepherd | 21 Mar 2017

Union leaders in Australia say a pay and conditions row with Lactalis' majority-owned dairy producer Parmalat, which saw employees locked out of a plant in the state of Victoria, is over.


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2017

Lactalis has raised the price it is offering to buy out minority investors in Italian dairy giant Parmalat.


John Shepherd | 7 Mar 2017

Parmalat has rejected a report it is involved in talks to settle a long-running legal battle with US bank Citigroup ahead of a full takeover of the Italian dairy group by majority shareholder Lactalis.


John Shepherd | 2 Mar 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy group controlled by France's Lactalis, has acquired "several" cheese-making companies in Chile at a combined enterprise value of around EUR100m (US$105m).


Katy Askew | 10 Feb 2017

Lactalis-owned holding company Sofil has filed a complaint with Italy's stock market regulator against Parmalat minority shareholder Amber Capital. 


John Shepherd | 9 Feb 2017

Union leaders in Australia say progress is being made in talks with Lactalis' majority-owned dairy producer Parmalat in a row over pay and conditions, although workers are still locked out of a plant in the state of Victoria.


Dean Best | 7 Feb 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy group controlled by France's Lactalis, has issued sales and EBITDA forecasts for 2017 and 2018.


Katy Askew | 31 Jan 2017

French dairy giant Lactalis has been given the green light to launch a takeover offer to secure full control of Italian group Parmalat. 


John Shepherd | 20 Jan 2017

Union leaders in Australia have called for fresh talks with Lactalis' majority-owned dairy producer Parmalat, after workers were locked out of a plant in the state of Victoria in a dispute over pay and conditions.


Katy Askew | 13 Jan 2017

The UK's Organic Trade Board is launching an initiative that aims to "accelerate" growth in the organic sector and to "build retailer value" at home while also growing sales of UK-produced organic food overseas.


Katy Askew | 3 Jan 2017

French dairy group Lactalis, the majority owner of Parmalat, has launched a voluntary tender offer to take full control of the Italian dairy business. 


Dean Best | 20 Dec 2016

Lactalis has struck a deal to buy Romanian dairy business Covalact, with the acquisition set to be the second the French giant has made in the country in 2016.


John Shepherd | 21 Nov 2016

Lactalis has launched Swedish quark brand Lindahls in the UK with a roll-out from today (21 November) in the country's Waitrose stores.


Katy Askew | 25 Oct 2016

Dairy venture Lactalis Nestle is expanding its Spanish product range with the launch of a dessert line under the Nestle Gold sub-brand.


Katy Askew | 12 Oct 2016

Lactalis has pushed ahead with the planned closure of a Spanish production facility that manufactures the Lauki brand. 


Stuart Todd | 30 Aug 2016

Lactalis and unions representing French dairy farmers have reached an agreement on milk prices following the resumption of talks earlier today (30 August).


Stuart Todd | 30 Aug 2016

French dairy giant Lactalis will resume negotiations with farmers' unions as protests over the price paid for raw milk continue. 


Dean Best | 1 Aug 2016

Parmalat, the Italy-based dairy business in which France's Lactalis holds a majority stake, has booked higher first-quarter profits, thanks to "improved results" in the US and Europe.


John Shepherd | 28 Jul 2016

France's Lactalis group today (28 July) declined to comment on reports in the Romanian media it had offered RON342m (US$85m) to buy up the remaining shares in its majority-owned Romanian dairy group Albalact.


Stuart Todd | 10 Jun 2016

Lactalis has acquired Normandy cheesemaker Fromagerie E. Graindorge for an undisclosed sum.


Dean Best | 9 Jun 2016

Lactalis has delayed the planned closure of a plant in Spain, a move union officials have said could allow time for the factory to be acquired, rather than shut down.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 29 Mar 2016

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has struck another deal in a promising emerging market for dairy.


Katy Askew | 17 Mar 2016

Growth prospects for the global packaged food sector were negatively revised today (17 March) on faltering emerging market demand - but India looks increasingly set to be a bright spot for the industry.

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