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Lactogal Acquires Portuguese Cheese Producer Queijos Santiago

Lactogal Acquires Portuguese Cheese Producer Queijos Santiago Dairy & Soy Food Food and Beverage Business

Lactogal, a dairy company based in Porto, has recently acquired Queijos Santiago, a Portuguese dairy company known for its local cheese brand. The deal, which was undisclosed, includes the acquisition of the Santiago brand and three production plants in Montemuro, Palmela, and Portalegre. Additionally, Lactogal will also take over Queijos Santiago’s logistics site in Venda do Pinheiro.

With this acquisition, Lactogal expands its portfolio, which includes milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt, along with juices and water. The company’s dairy brands Mimosa, Agros, and Gresso are well-known in the market. According to Lactogal, this acquisition strengthens their position as the largest Portuguese agri-food company and reinforces their commitment to national production.

Queijos Santiago, founded in 1918 in Castelo Branco, is based in Malveira, Montemuro, and specializes in producing high-quality cheeses. On the other hand, Lactogal’s business operations also include Lacticínios Vigor, Etanor Penha, and Spanish milk-producing company Leche Celta. The group operates six manufacturing facilities in the Iberian Peninsula region of Portugal.

Lacticínios Vigor focuses on fresh milk and kefir production, while Leche Celta owns milk brands such as Celta, La Vaquera, and Campobueno. Etanor Penha is primarily involved in producing spring water and soft drinks made from fruit and vegetables.

In a statement on LinkedIn, Lactogal emphasized their leadership in sustainable milk production in Portugal, highlighting their commitment to high-quality standards, environmental practices, and animal welfare.

Just Food has reached out to Lactogal and Queijos Santiago for more information on the transaction and their business customers. Last week, French dairy giant Lactalis acquired Sequeira & Sequeira, a Portuguese cheese producer, further solidifying international dairy deals in Portugal.

In the competitive food and beverage industry, strategic acquisitions like this one by Lactogal play a crucial role in business expansion and market dominance. By diversifying their product portfolio and incorporating established brands like Queijos Santiago, companies can stay ahead of food and drink consumer trends while meeting the evolving demands of the market. This acquisition not only enhances Lactogal’s offerings but also strengthens their position as a key player in the food and beverage industry.

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