History

1977: Michel Besnier launched its products on the international market and set up the Besnier Export administrative department.

1980: The group became the leading European dairy company with its principal export destinations in Africa, Asia, the French Overseas Departments & Territories, the Middle East and the Balkans.

1986:
Besnier Export became Besnier International.

1997:
Setting up of a franchise in Egypt.

1999: Besnier International became Lactalis International.
Setting up of a franchise in Tunisia.

2004: Opening of a sales office in Guadeloupe: Lactalis Caraïbes.
Opening of a sales office in Egypt: Lactalis Middle East.
Opening of a factory for cheese spread portions in Egypt.

2005:
Opening of a sales office in Japan: Lactalis Japan.
Acquisition of UFIC (United Food Industries Corporation) in Saudi Arabia, specialising in the production of cheese spreads in blocks and slices.

2006:
Takeover of Galbani, cheese market leader in Italy and number one producer of Italian-style cheese in Europe. Lactalis becomes the world's n°2 cheese producer. The Lactalis Group also takes over Celia, excluding their agricultural supplies business.
Celia is specialised in the nutrition sector and has developed, amongst others, the brands Chaussée aux moines (cheese) Le Marin (butter), Celia and Picot (infant nutrition).

2007: Opening of a sales office in Dubaï: Lactalis International Dubaï Rep Office.

2008:
Strengthening of the infant nutrition business with Milupa-Nutricia France and the clinical nutrition business with Beaubour.

2009: Establishment of a sales branch in Shanghai : Lactalis China.

2010: Acquisition of Puleva in Spain, second-leading liquid milk producer in the country.

2011: Acquisition of Parmalat, Italian dairy group, opens new prospects for the Group. With this transaction, Lactalis becomes the world leader for dairy products with turnover of almost €15 billion. It is integrating 14,000 new employees in Europe, Russia, North America (Canada), Central and South America, South Africa and Australia.

2012: Acquisition of QBB in Singapour, specialist of the selling of Ghee. 

2013: Acquisition of Ljubljanske Mlekarne in Slovenia and Balkis in Brazil.

2014: The Group marked its first industrial foray into South-east Asia with the acquisition of Tirumala in India, the world’s top milk-producing country. Lactalis concludes an agreement to acquire certain assets of the bankrupt company Lacteos Brasil (LBR), Lactalis has acquired the right to use the Parmalat brand.

2015: Acquisition of Esmeralda in Latin America, which ranks among the leading Mexican companies in the cheese market, and the acquisition of Brazilian leader BRF’s (Brasil Foods) dairy business. Lactalis, present in Hungary since 2004, expanded its operations with the acquisition of local company Kuntej Zrt.