Milk contains most of the nutrients that are essential for the body to develop properly, whether that of a young child, the elderly or ill. Moreover, it provides genuine diversity in milk transformation, making it possible, among other things, to manufacture cheese, an emblem of French gastronomy.
We deliver the best of milk by covering all dairy categories: cheese of course, but also drinking milk, yogurts and chilled dairy, butter and cream, milk powder for infants and adults, products for medical nutrition and finally dairy ingredients. This has been the Lactalis Group’s positioning for more than 80 years, what made its success.
In that vein, Lactalis will continue bringing the best of dairy to the greatest number of consumers.
WORLD'S TOP CHEESEMAKERAndré Besnier made his first camembert in 1933. Cheesemaker first and foremost, the Lactalis Group is continuing its growth and strengthening its leadership. It remains number one in France, with a large range of cheeses from the most traditional Protected Designations of Origin, to the most general. Bolstered by this know-how and its growth worldwide, the Lactalis Group contributes to promoting French gastronomy beyond its border by exporting its cheese and the President brand in particular, which is sold in 160 countries. In the same way, its Galbani brand is the leader in Italian cheeses, marketed in 140 countries.
The Lactalis Group respects local cheesemaking traditions, reinforcing these everywhere where it has production sites. Two such examples are twarog, emblematic in Eastern European countries, and kajmak in Serbia.
EUROPEAN LEADER IN DRINKING MILKDrinking milk is the Group’s second sector in terms of turnover, being market leader in Europe with major brands such as Parmalat, Lactel, and Puleva.
The company has been present in this category since the beginning, and has grown increasingly stronger with its historic French brand Lactel. The Lactalis Group is present worldwide in this market, especially since 2011 when it bought a major stake in the Italian-based business Parmalat.
MAJOR ACTOR IN THE CHILLED DAIRY CATEGORYThe chilled dairy category is primarily European for the Lactalis Group. 2006 was a turning point in the company's history in this market, with the joint venture Lactalis Nestle Chilled Products. Indeed, the Group has since been marketing the brands of the world leader in the food-processing industry, giving them a new lease of life thanks to substantial industrial and marketing investments. As a result, La Laitière, a brand of this JV, is 2nd in the chilled dairy market in France, and successfully rolls out its model elsewhere in Europe.
In South-East Europe, Dukat and Ljubljanske Mlekarne secure the Group’s regional leadership in this market. Parmalat is also present in this category, especially in Canada, Australia and South Africa.
LEADER IN THE CREAM AND BUTTER MARKETThe butter and cream market is predominately European, their consumption being highly integrated into eating habits. Despite this reduced scope, this category represents 10% of the turnover generated by the Lactalis Group. Consumers outside France particularly appreciate "La Motte Président", one of its flagship butter exported to all continents.
GROWING PLAYER IN NUTRITIONThe growth of Lactalis Group in this market, where it has been present since 2006, is very dynamic. The company is constantly strengthening its position, as much for infant as clinical nutrition. Its international growing presence allowed Picot and Celia brands to strengthen their positions abroad.
Lactalis has been promoting its milk expertise in a new segment since April 2014, that of sports nutrition, with the launch of a new brand: Apurna.
UNDISPUTED LEADER IN OUT-OF-HOME CATERINGAs market leader in France, the Lactalis Group is among the top dairy players who have understood the opportunity out-of-home catering offers. Indeed, Michel Besnier had the idea of individual portions of butter as early as the 1960s, which have since remained one of the most visible products for the company.
The Group’s development in this market depends on local consumption habits. North America and Asia for example are two regions where people have a tradition of eating out: Lactalis is therefore playing an increasing role and is present in 60 countries with a commercial organisation dedicated to the so-called "foodservice" market.
EXPERT IN DAIRY INGREDIENTSFinally, representing 10% of the Lactalis Group's turnover, dairy ingredients are a market that is constantly growing, driven by innovation and expertise. Intended for food professionals (chocolate makers, pastry chefs, other food industries) or pharmaceutical or chemical industries, whey and other dairy powders offer a large range of ingredients of high technicality that make it possible to respond to customers' exact needs.
Strongly driven by emerging countries and Asia in particular, it is a world market by excellence.