Bel Group
Cheese makers
Formerly Fromageries Bel SA.

Overall

Owned FRA
Rating C
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Company Ownership

Bel SA
FRA
Unibel
owns 71% of Bel SA
FRA
Cheese makers
Lactalis Group
owns 24% of Bel SA
FRA
Dairy product manufacturer
World's largest dairy company with 250 production sites in 50 countries. Founded in 1933 by Andre Besnier; his descendants still own and oversee the company. Increased its stake in Parmalat from 29% to 83% in July 2011. Bought Lemnos Foods in 2010 and Jindi cheese in Nov 2012.

Company Assessment

Bel SA
Praise
The PalmOil Scan app, produced by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), rates companies on their commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil. Companies are scored on their use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), commitment to sourcing CSPO, on-the-ground conservation action, and membership to the RSPO. Companies can earn a rating of Excellent, Good, Poor or No Commitment. This company is rated "Good" (retrieved 18 Nov 2023).
Source: WAZA (2023)
Criticism
This company is 24% owned by Lactalis, which has numerous criticisms and an overall Shop Ethical rating of 'F'.
Information
This company has sustainability claims on its website.
The 2024 WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard evaluates the progress and performance of 285 major retailers and manufacturer companies, focusing on actions companies have taken to ensure their own palm oil supply chain is sustainable and free of deforestation, natural ecosystem conversion, and human rights abuse. This company is rated 'middle of the pack' with a score of 14.31 out of a possible total of 24.
Unibel
No assessment data currently available for Unibel.

Company Details

Type:
Private company
Founded:
1865
Revenue:
2.9 billion EUR (2016)
Employees:
12,000 (2010)

Contact Details

Address:
Paris, France
Website:
www.groupe-bel.com/en/

Products / Brands

Bel Group / Manassen Foods (importer/distributor)
Babybel Cheese
Kiri Cheese
Laughing Cow Cheese