Sales revenue of leading dairy companies in France 2017

 For the financial year 2017, the dairy company Lactalis realized a turnover of over 17 billion euros, making it the French dairy company with the largest sales revenue before Danone (15.5 billion euros). Lactalis owns the brand Président and is one of the leading dairy processing group worldwide.  

Production of dairy products in France

   In 2017, the number of enterprises manufacturing dairy products was estimated at almost 1,200. Furthermore, besides the production of packaged milk, most of the dairy products produced were fresh perishable dairy products.  

Sales and consumption of dairy products in France

   France is one of the main consumer countries of dairy products in Western Europe. Indeed, French households’ total consumption of fresh perishable dairy products for instance amounted to about 1.6 million tons in 2018. More specifically regarding sales of organic dairy, a majority of the sales value of organic dairy products was realized in retail stores in 2017, while a share of products in the amount of 324 million euros were sold through organic sales channels.

Ranking of leading dairy companies in France in 2017, based on turnover*

Turnover in billion euros
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Release date

July 2018



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Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "Note: Turnover data is dairy sales only, based on 2017 financials and M&A transactions completed between 1 January and 30 June 2018. Pending mergers/acquisitions not incorporated include Lactalis' acquisition of Itambé."

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