Parmalat Bom, bom, bom, bom ….. Lactalis!
Parmalat SA has, as of 1 February, changed its name to Lactalis South Africa, in a move which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention. Parmalat SA has been part of the Lactalis Group since 2011, when the dairy giant bought them out globally. Lactalis is the world’s biggest dairy group with 250 production sites in 50 countries and more than 90,000 staff in 94 countries. The South African business will continue to bring to market such popular and trusted brands as Parmalat, Melrose, Président and SteriStumpie, Bonnita, PureJoy, Galbani, and Aylesbury, in categories, ranging from cheese, yoghurt, milk and custard, to flavoured milk, cream, drinking yoghurt, maas, fruit beverages, butter and ice cream.
Comment: In all honesty, we’d forgotten about the acquisition ourselves; the renaming is a timely reminder of how consolidated the dairy industry is at the global level.