With more than 30,000 companies, Pays-de-la-Loire is the French region that records the most plant and job creations. Almost all sectors are found here, including industry, aeronautics, agri-food, and crafts. Companies are known throughout Europe, and even the world, have also set up shop here. Here are the three most prominent companies in Pays-de-la-Loire.
1. The Lactalis Group in Laval
Knowing that agriculture is the leading sector in the region, it is not surprising to discover that the most successful company is involved in this sector.The history of the Lactalis group began in 1933 and has continued for three generations in the dairy products business in all its forms. In addition to being the leading company in the Pays-de-la-Loire region, it is also France’s leading agri-food group and a successful multinational.
The Lactalis Group is the European leader in drinking milk, butter, and cream. It also holds a strong position in the ultra-fresh market, dairy ingredients, and out-of-home consumption. To meet the most specific demands, it also offers clinical and infant nutrition products.
The Lactalis Group is present in some fifty countries. It is the fifth-largest agri-food group. It is one of the world’s leading players in dairy products and the leading group in the cheese market. It is also the world’s third-largest seller of organic dairy products. To maintain its leadership position, it adapts to the production and consumption patterns in the countries it operates.
2. The Company as 24 in St Herblain
AS 24 is the second most successful company in the Pays-de-la-Loire. It is a French company distributing fuels to professionals. Created in 1988, this company became a subsidiary of Total in 2000, making it one of the six main oil companies globally.
AS 24 keeps pace with its competitors and offers products that are just as interesting, if not more so. The company markets the Passango electronic toll collection system for heavy goods vehicles. Like most petroleum distributors, AS 24 is based on the gasoline card or fuel card payment system. The card can be used at all Total stations on European roads.
AS 24 sells products that meet the needs of heavy vehicles, such as diesel, Adblue, and compressed natural gas. It also proposes various offers to facilitate the management of heavy vehicles.
3. Terrena in Ancenis-Saint-Géréon
The agricultural cooperative group Terrena is one of France’s major players in agriculture and agribusiness. Created from the merger of several cooperatives, it has about 470 regional establishments and about sixty industrial sites in France.
The history of the Pays-de-la-Loire farmers’ cooperative goes back to 1900, with a strong desire to develop animal and plant production sustainably. The Terrena group operates in several fields and owns various brands, such as:
- Sourires de Campagne, the first organic beef brand in non-specialized supermarkets,
Père Dodu, a poultry brand,
- La Nouvelle Agriculture, a brand of farm products sold in large and medium-sized retailers since 2017,
- Paysan Breton, producer of butter and cheese,
- Val Nantais, a specialist in market garden products,
- Ackerman, a wine producer.
- The Terrena group also has many subsidiaries in agri-supply (supplies for agriculture) and food processing.
In short, the Pays-de-la-Loire is home to successful companies whose sole objective is to make the region known in Europe and throughout the world. Carpentry, metalwork, and boat building are also part of the fields that make the area famous.