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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.

Latest Insights

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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

Dean Best | 12 Sep 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy group majority-owned by France's Lactalis, today (12 September) indicated it is having difficulty passing on rising milk costs to customers.


Simon Harvey | 12 Sep 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy giant majority-owned by France's Lactalis, today (12 September) named Jean-Marc Bernier as its CEO and general manager.


Dean Best | 6 Sep 2017

Dairy companies including Australia’s Goodman Fielder and Bega Cheese, as well as Italian giant Parmalat, are reported to be eyeing under-pressure Aussie cooperative Murray Goulburn.


Andy Coyne | 29 Aug 2017

Lactalis-owned UK yogurt maker Rachel's is tapping into the free-from trend with the launch of what it suggests is the first-ever organic, lactose-free yogurt.


Simon Harvey | 28 Jul 2017

Just as Italian diary giant Parmalat reported an almost 10% increase in preliminary first-half revenue, albeit due to an unexpected rise in milk prices in its main markets, CEO Yvon Guerin announced he will resign in September.


Dean Best | 10 Jul 2017

Romania's competition regulator has cleared the way for French dairy giant Lactalis to buy two local companies.


Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2017

Privately-owned French dairy giant Lactalis has entered into an agreement to acquire US organic dairy business Stonyfield from Danone for US$875m.


Dean Best | 14 Jun 2017

J&F Investimentos, the Brazilian holding company behind local meat giant JBS, has refuted a report claiming it has hired banks to advise on the possible sale of another asset, dairy company Vigor.


John Shepherd | 23 May 2017

French dairy giant Lactalis is set to acquire German dairy group Omira for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today (23 May).


John Shepherd | 15 May 2017

Lactalis has launched a "protein replacement" product in the UK under its Italian cheese brand, Galbani.


Dean Best | 9 May 2017

Parmalat, the Italy-based dairy group that is majority-owned by France's Lactalis, has reported an 11% rise in first-quarter sales, boosted by exchange rates and recent acquisitions, despite sliding volumes.


John Shepherd | 2 May 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy group majority-owned by France's Lactalis, said today (2 May) the business has acquired two companies operating in the US "ethnic dairy specialities" sector.


John Shepherd | 27 Mar 2017

The CEO of the US and Latin America business of French dairy products group Lactalis. Frédérick Bouisset, is to join French group Labeyrie Fine Foods as its chief executive.


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. 

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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