In 1999, Avesta Group participated at the construction of a museum dedicated the history of milk production through the family and the company Besnier.
Lactalis has been wholly dedicated to processing milk since 1933. Over the years, the company has observed and been involved in enormous changes in the sector, which has evolved from a rural craft-based activity to a state-of-the-art industry. Cité du Lait Lactopôle aims to show younger generations the history behind dairy products, the way they underpin our culture and their importance in our heritage. It also describes the unique industrial adventure of our group, which has followed the path set by our founder, André Besnier, to become one of the flagships of French industry, with products available on five continents.
The Cité du Lait is located on the group’s original site, just a stone’s throw from the current head office, proving just how important the city of Laval is for the company. The public can explore dairy traditions in the vibrant, extensive museum (over 5,000m²). More than 2,500 exhibits, many unique or highly unusual, are presented in attractive tableaux with numerous multimedia displays. There are three parts in the museum: the Laval Dairy, the group’s very first site, the history of the dairy industry and Lactalis exhibition to share the amazing adventure of this family business down through three generations.
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