The Lactalis Group

The Lactalis Group

Lactalis is a family-owned dairy group based in Laval (Mayenne), in the west of France.

In 1933, André Besnier started up his cheese-making company. On the first day he collected 17 litres of milk and produced 35 camemberts: the Besnier company was in business. Since then, the group, which adopted the more international name of Lactalis in 1999, has continued to expand rapidly.

Its range of products has grown considerably (cheeses, milk, cream, butter, ultra-fresh, milk powder, etc.), as has the reputation of its products. Lactalis now owns a series of prestigious French and international brands.

The group now employs 75,000 people, and owns more than 230 industrial plants around the world, in 43 different countries.

It is the:

  • number 1 dairy group in the world
  • number 1 dairy and cheese group in Europe
  • number 1 milk collector in Europe
  • number 1 cheese producer in Europe


President is sold in more than 140 countries and represent more than 1.8 billion of euros of turnover and Galbani is sold in more than 130 countries with 1.5 billion of euros of turnover.

In 2015, the Lactalis Group reach a turnover of 17 billions of euros.

The marketing of the group's products in the countries of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the French Overseas Départements & Territories is managed by the Lactalis International.