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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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Lactalis saga puts wider supply chain in spotlight

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal...

2017 - the year in food industry M&A

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector du...


Katy Askew | 29 Jan 2016

French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem like the most promising growth market. However, there are signs of modernisation of the dairy sector and dairy consumption is expected to pick up. Katy Askew reports. 


Hannah Abdulla | 28 Nov 2014

Egypt has been in the M&A spotlight in recent weeks, with Arab Dairy and local snacks group Bisco Misr the subject of interest from international suitors. just-food explores the background of each company and looks at why the likes of Lactalis, Arla, Kellogg and private-equity firm Abraaj are battling it out to buy the businesses.


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.

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

Andy Coyne | 19 Jun 2018

French dairy giant Lactalis has taken a majority stake in the Lebanese distribution company Hanilor.


just-food.com | 15 Jun 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


just-food.com | 23 Mar 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


just-food.com | 16 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Andy Coyne | 14 Feb 2018

A French government official has told a senate commission that dairy company Lactalis - embroiled in a crisis resulting from salmonella linked to its products - did not declare an earlier outbreak of the disease at its facility.


Dean Best | 2 Feb 2018

Lactalis CEO Emmanuel Besnier has warned the French dairy giant could have been producing infant formula tainted with salmonella for more than a decade.


Dean Best | 17 Jan 2018

France has set out plans to introduce new safety rules in a bid to prevent food-safety scandals in the wake of the salmonella outbreak that has battered the reputation of Lactalis, the country's largest dairy processor, and the wider supply chain.


Andy Coyne | 17 Jan 2018

Police have raided the premises of troubled French dairy group Lactalis, which is embroiled in a large-scale recall of products linked to a salmonella outbreak. 


Andy Coyne | 16 Jan 2018

Troubled French dairy giant Lactalis has said it will compensate victims of a salmonella contamination in its baby milk products.


Dean Best | 15 Jan 2018

Lactalis CEO Emmanuel Besnier has stood by the French dairy giant's procedures throughout the recall of infant formula that has been linked to more than 30 children falling ill and which has been widened to take in more than 80 countries.


Andy Coyne | 12 Jan 2018

Embattled French dairy group Lactalis is to extend the recall of products from its Craon factory in north-west France that is implicated in a salmonella outbreak that has engulfed the world's number three dairy group and a number of the country's retailers.


Dean Best | 12 Jan 2018

The recall of infant formula manufactured at one of Lactalis' plants in France after it emerged babies had been infected with salmonella has failed, with a number of retailers revealing some of the under-scrutiny SKUs still found their way onto shelves.


Andy Coyne | 5 Jan 2018

French dairy giant Lactalis is to acquire Siggi's - the US based maker of Icelandic-style skyr yogurts - for an undisclosed price. 


Dean Best | 4 Jan 2018

Lactalis was reportedly aware of the salmonella contamination at a plant in France in August - four months before regulatory officials ordered the recall of several products.


Andy Coyne | 21 Dec 2017

French dairy group Lactalis has increased the extent of its product recall following an earlier reported salmonella contamination scare.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2017

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Simon Harvey | 19 Dec 2017

A Brazilian court is said to have issued an injunction suspending the sale of dairy company Itambé Alimentos to France's Lactalis.


Andy Coyne | 11 Dec 2017

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) says the country is unaffected by the international recall of certain baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria.


Andy Coyne | 11 Dec 2017

French officials have ordered the global recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by the country's dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria.


Simon Harvey | 6 Dec 2017

French dairy group Lactalis is said to be lining up to buy Brazilian counterpart Itambé Alimentos in the first half of 2018.


Andy Coyne | 21 Sep 2017

Up-for-sale Australian dairy processor Murray Goulburn has confirmed it has had approaches from a number of suitors interested in either buying some assets or taking over the whole co-operative.

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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