Food and Beverage Business

Lactalis acquires Portuguese cheese brand owner Sequeira & Sequeira

Lactalis acquires Portuguese cheese brand owner Sequeira & Sequeira Lactalis Food and Beverage Business

French dairy major Lactalis has acquired Portugal’s Sequeira & Sequeira, the owner of cheese brand Paiva, for an undisclosed sum.

Sequeira & Sequeira, primarily a wholesaler, expanded into food production in 1992 when it acquired cheese maker Lacticínios do Paiva, established in 1933.

The recent acquisition enables Lactalis, owner of President, Galbani, and Parmalat brands, to assume control of Lacticínios do Paiva’s dairy production. It will also manage Sequeira & Sequeira’s wholesale operations in Portugal, Mozambique, and Cape Verde.

About 270 employees from the group will join the approximately 450 individuals already employed by Lactalis in Portugal. This move will elevate Lactalis’ factory count in Portugal to two.

Founded in 1986 in Vouzela, Sequeira & Sequeira now produces an array of cheeses through Lacticínios do Paiva’s Lamego plant, offering traditional flamengos, curados, and fresh cheese under the primary brand Paiva.

Brothers José Sequeira and António Sequeira assumed leadership of the business founded by their father.

Miguel Romão, general manager of Lactalis’ operations in Portugal, expressed enthusiasm about the union of these two family businesses, driven by shared values. This merger will enhance Lactalis’ local cheese production and sales in Portugal, complementing its existing offerings in the country.

“The wholesale activities will strengthen our distribution and export strategies,” added Romão.

In a joint statement, the Sequeira brothers acknowledged the agreement with Lactalis as a recognition of the hard work put in by all employees of Sequeira & Sequeira and Lacticínios do Paiva, as well as the quality of their operations and products.

They expressed confidence that Lactalis will continue to expand and seize growth opportunities in the future.

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