Turnover: 28.3 billion EUR (2022)

Country: France

Founded in 1933, the Lactalis group is today a leader in the French dairy industry. Lactalis specializes in cheeses (34% of sales), drinking milk (25%), yoghurts and dairy desserts (13%), butter and cream (12%), dairy ingredients and milk powder (11%), and other products (5%). The Group has 250 production sites in 50 countries, including around 70 in France. It generates sales of 18.5 billion euros, 59% of which in Europe

The Group's portfolio includes strong brands such as Président, Lactel and La Laitière. The group's strategy is based on external growth, with the acquisition of a stake in Italy's Parmalat in 2011 and the purchase of dairy subsidiary Brasil Foods in 2014. The company also owns 24% of Bel Dairies, which produces La vache qui rit, Boursin, Babybel and Kiri.

Lactalis has a wide range of milk powders, which can be viewed here .

News

Suppliers refuse to accept Lactalis' proposed milk price increase 05/02/2024

  • - The price revised in January by Lactalis is 405 euros per 1000 liters, increased to 420 euros per 1000 liters in 38/32 for February.
  • - Taking all premiums into account, the remuneration paid to producers was 460 euros per 1000 liters for the first two months of the year.
  • - Unell, which represents over 4,000 dairy farms, delivers over 2 billion liters of milk to Lactalis.

Président, the billionaire brand that shaped the destiny of Lactalis 13/11/2023

  • President brand sales: 3 billion euros
  • Brand age: 55 years
  • Increase in Camembert production in ten years: from 60,000 to 250,000 units
  • Current Camembert production: 500,000 units
  • Main production site: Domfront plant in the Orne region of France
  • Camembert price: less than 2 euros
  • Percentage of brand volume sold under private label: one-third in France and worldwide
  • Number of plants producing Président products outside France: over thirty.

Lactalis: portrait of Emmanuel Besnier, one of France's most secretive bosses 15/10/2023

  • Sales 2022: 28.3 billion euros, Net income: 384 million euros
  • Number of employees: 85,000 worldwide
  • Number of dairies and cheese factories: 272 in 51 countries, including 66 in France
  • Quantity of milk collected: 22.6 billion liters worldwide
  • Breakdown of sales by product: cheese (40%), milk (19%), ultra-fresh (14%), butter and cream (12%), ingredients and nutrition (9%), other (6%)
  • Major acquisitions
    • Bridel in 1990,
    • nestlé's Roquefort cellars in 1992,
    • Galbani in 2006,
    • Parmalat in 2011,Parmalat acquisition cost: 4.5 billion euros.
    • l'Etoile, Stonyfield and Siggi's cheese factories in 2018,
    • kraft-Heinz cheese business in 2020,
    • Ambrosi in 2023.

Lactalis' Brazilian takeover held up 27/07/2023

  • Lactalis, the world leader in dairy products, has signed an agreement to acquire DPA, a major player in the Brazilian dairy sector, for 125 million euros
  • With this acquisition, Lactalis would increase its workforce in Brazil to 10,000 employees.
  • DPA was created in 2003 by Nestlé and New Zealand's Fonterra.
  • It currently employs 1,300 people.
  • DPA has two factories in southern Brazil. Lactalis already has a significant presence in Brazil, with 23 industrial sites in eight states.
  • Brazil is Lactalis' fifth largest market.
  • Lactalis already owns thirteen dairy brands in Brazil, including Parmalat, Batavo, Itambe and Pocos de Caldas.
  • DPA brands include Chambinho, Chamyto and Chandelle.
  • The Brazilian Council for Economic Defense (CADE) has issued restrictions on the acquisition of Parmalat

Dairy giant Lactalis acquires Italian manufacturer Ambrosi 03/06/2023

  • Ambrosi specializes in the production of Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, two major Italian PDOs.
  • Ambrosi SpA is based in Brescia, Lombardy
  • Lactalis has over 5,000 employees and 31 production plants in Italy.
  • Founded in 1933, the Lactalis group generated sales of 28 billion euros in 2022
  • Lactalis has 270 production sites in 52 countries, 85,000 employees and sells its products in 150 countries.

Lactalis overtakes Danone to enter the world's top 10 food companies 20/04/2023

  • In 2022 Income from ordinary activities: 1.3 billion euros Profit: 384 million euros
  • Group growth: 28.4
  • Lactalis sales: 28.3 billion euros
  • Danone sales: 27.7 billion euros (ranked 11th)
  • Number of acquisitions in 20 years: around 100
  • Number of brands: 150 Président brand sales in 2022: 2.5 billion euros (+18%)
  • Galbani sales: 1.8 billion euros (+5%)
  • Parmalat sales: 1.4 billion euros

Lactalis won't give in to Nestlé or Danone's plant-based approach 02/01/2023

  • Only competitor to Nestlé and Danone worldwide
  • Three objectives: to remain a pure dairy, to grow faster than the market and to maintain its number-one ranking worldwide
  • The group currently manufactures in some fifty countries
  • The group will continue to push ahead in India , the world's leading milk producer, where Lactalis currently owns five plants
  • In North America, the Mayenne-based giant has acquired Kraft's natural cheeses
  • France accounts for only 20% of sales

Lactalis confirms its appetite for yogurt 14/12/2022

  • Lactalis has acquired Dairy Partners Americas (DPA), a subsidiary of Nestlé and New Zealand's Fronterra, in Brazil for 125 million euros
  • Fonterra, the world's leading dairy cooperative with sales of 14.3 billion euros
  • Lactalis generates sales of 3.3 billion euros in ultra-fresh products
  • Lactalis ranks fourth in the U.S. yogurt market, with sales of 600 million euros

Lactalis signs agreement to acquire Dairy Partners America Brasil | Lactalis has signed an agreement to acquire Dairy Partners America Brasil. 13/12/2022

  • Lactalis Brazil to acquire Dairy Partners America Brasil (DPA)
  • 1,300 employees
  • Manufacture products under the Chambinho, Chamyto and Chandelle brands

Lactalis will be able to continue referring to Normandy on its Camembert cheeses 25/10/2022

  • Lactalis wins a battle against a Mayenne fraud control workshop
  • Lactalis targeted "Président", "Le Châtelain" and "Cœur de Normandie" cheeses

Lactalis completes acquisition of Leerdammer brand 30/09/2021

  • Lactalis has bought the Leerdammer brand

Lactalis acquires Ambrosi's cheese business 19/03/2021

  • Lactalis has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the cheese activities of Ambrosi (Emmi).
  • The Emmi Group, a 25% shareholder in Ambrosi SpA, will sell its stake to Lactalis
  • The remaining 75% will be retained by the Ambrosi family group

Financial Data

DUNS: 331142554

Legal Name: GROUPE LACTALIS

Address: 10 RUE ADOLPHE BECK , 53000 LAVAL

Number of employees: 0 salarié ()

Capital: 340 975 968 EUR


Financial Data:

Year 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Turnover 2 924 393 923 2 843 593 034 2 837 943 963 2 680 072 714 2 669 948 386 2 366 510 837 2 728 997 887 3 142 920 308 2 846 456 402
Gross margin (€) 404 365 472 340 259 986 314 646 911 252 778 524 239 533 025 246 431 959 329 007 234 367 076 793 359 877 183
EBITDA (€) 179 390 068 111 456 885 91 186 752 32 064 888 20 726 593 22 842 578 102 026 534 137 516 231 124 200 205
Operating profit (€) 156 274 932 88 349 665 68 085 374 8 963 671 -2 385 984 -273 237 101 878 463 137 241 513 123 835 043
Net profit (€) 186 301 554 215 517 409 82 611 761 17 228 385 75 226 325 80 219 408 85 465 595 89 319 795 127 381 218
Turnover growth rate (%) 2,8 0,2 5,9 0,4 12,8 -13,3 -13,2 10,4 -
Ebitda margin rate (%) 6,1 3,9 3,2 1,2 0,8 1 3,7 4,4 4,4
Operating margin rate (%) 5,3 3,1 2,4 0,3 -0,1 - 3,7 4,4 4,4
Working Capital (turnover days) -22 -28,8 -47,3 -65 -46,9 -45,9 -34,6 -19 -6,2
Working Capital requirements (turnover days) 7 4,2 5,2 5,8 5,8 1,7 -31,9 -13,4 -19,2
Net margin (%) 6,4 7,6 2,9 0,6 2,8 3,4 3,1 2,8 4,5
Added value / Turnover (%) 6,2 4,1 3,3 1,3 0,9 1 3,9 4,5 4,5
Wages and social charges (€) - - 2 562 1 127 485 47 83 - 1 475
Salaries / Turnover (%) - - - - - - - - -

Company Managers:

Position First Name Last Name Age Linkedin
Président du directoire, Membre du directoire Emmanuel BESNIER 53
Président du conseil de surveillance, Membre du conseil de surveillance Jean-Michel BESNIER 56
Membre du conseil de surveillance Marie BESNIER 43
Membre du directoire Olivier SAVARY 52
Membre du directoire Philippe André Marcel LABORNE 61
Membre du directoire Jean-Yves Pierre Marie REMOND 64
Membre du conseil de surveillance Sandrine Sylvia HUNAUT 54
Membre du directoire Thierry Thomas Yves-Marie CLEMENT 59

Studies mentioning this company

The baby food market - Italy

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  • Danone Groupe
  • Nestlé Italia
  • Lactalis Groupe
  • HiPP
  • Nutriset
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Humana Italia SPA
  • Farmaè
  • O.F.I. OFFICINA FARMACEUTICA ITALIANA SPA
  • COOPERATIVA ESERCENTI FARMACIA SOC. COOP. A R.L. CON SIGLA CEF
  • Pulker Farma Parafarmacie
  • Carrefour Italia
  • Esselunga s.p.a
  • Coop
  • Conad
The cheese market and cheese dairies - Italy

Other companies mentioned:

  • Carrefour Italia
  • Conad
  • Esselunga s.p.a
  • Lactalis Groupe
  • Bel Groupe
  • Colla SPA

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