Our Story

Lactalis South Africa

We are a proud manufacturer of some of South Africa’s quality and trusted brands such as Parmalat, Melrose, Président, SteriStumpie, Bonnita and PureJoy.

We are part of the Lactalis Group – the world’s largest dairy company which was founded in 1933 by André Besnier in Laval in the west of France. The Lactalis Group has 250 production sites with more than 85000 employees in 94 countries.

In South Africa, the Lactalis Group legacy and knowledge merges with local dairy know-how and passion that has provided jobs and wholesome dairy products locally since the early 1900s where our history started with Bonnita and Parmalat.

Lactalis Group acquired a majority share in Parmalat SpA in 2011 and in 2020, the company officially rebranded and became Lactalis South Africa which is a change in name only.

Lactalis South Africa remains home to its strong brands in dairy product categories which range from cheese, yoghurt, milk, and custard, to flavoured milk, cream, drinking yoghurt, maas, fruit beverages, butter and ice cream.



Our Values

We are guided by out three core values of Ambition, Engagement and With Simplicity. These values, together with their supporting behaviours, are at the heart of our business and demonstrate how we manage the business. 



Setting higher goals in the daily
management of the business,
and continually developing one's
professional and individual capabilities.




Showing true entrepreneurship,
both individually and collectively.
Being reliable, accountable
and loyal.



With Simplicity

Acting with transparency,
pragmatism and an open mind,
while working effectively and