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Lact'Union group

History

The two co-operatives that founded the Lact'Union Group have a long-established past in common.

Both set up in the same period, they have been part of the history of dairy production in Picardy and the rebuilding of the sector after the war. Difficulties in the wake of war highlighted the importance of this raw material and inspired producers to group together to form co-operatives.

They soon established partnerships which culminated in a merger as an extension of the fundamental values already shared: trust, transparency and fairness.

1945

Setup of Coopérative Agricole Laitière du Soissonais which was subsequently to become Coop'Alliance.

Collection spread throughout the county of Aisne by the successive merger of local co-operatives.

Until the Nineties, the Co-operative expanded its business in drinking milk and abandoned ultra-fresh products towards the end of that decade.

1992

The two co-operatives join forces to set up a subsidiary specialising in the marketing and sale of dairy products to supermarkets and superstores: Orlait comes into being.

2004

Construction of the Braine industrial site

1945

Setup of Coopérative beurrière du Vimeu, Ponthieu et Marquenterre (VPM)

1963

The start of milk collection and the production of powdered milk

1967

One of the first investments in a butter and anhydrous milk fat production unit

1992

Investment in a production unit specialized in bottled UHT milk in partnership with Comelco company : Société Flandres Picardie Lait

1995

Joint acquisition of Société Française des Laits Médicaux Materna with Orlait coincides with the setup of a pilot workshop and an R&D structure.

1998

VPM forms a partnership with Prospérité Fermière for a drying activity and takes over all the assets of SFPL

2000

VPM transfers its historic site to combine all its activities on the same site

2000 à 2012

High increase in the production of UHT milk and specialties, with substantially increased capacities of packaging and extrusion-blowing. Extension of the laboratory and replacement of the equipment for butter production.

2009 à 2011

The historic partnership for the babyfood with the company Materna leads to the establishment of a site of production only dedicated to the aseptic packaging of liquid infant products from the first year: Babydrink company.

2011

Another important stage: The setup of a common holding company, Lactinov, to take 100% control of subsidiary dairy activities after the departure of ULM.


2012

Lactinov and Ingrédia decide to reinforce their partnership in infant products


2013

The Coop'Alliance and VPM co-operatives merge to form the Lact'Union Group