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Lactalis to Expand, Add Employees in Chicago After $3.2B Kraft Deal

The world’s largest dairy maker, France’s Groupe Lactalis, is expanding in Chicago after a $3.2 billion deal to acquire cheese brands from Kraft Heinz Co.

Groupe Lactalis will add nearly 100 nearly employees in Chicago, according to Bloomberg News. Lactalis bought Kraft’s natural cheese business in 2020 and has completed the first separation phase, including sales, marketing, human resources, and manufacturing. Lactalis Heritage Dairy, the business that runs the natural cheese brands bought from Kraft, represents 39% of the group’s total U.S. business.

The family-owned company plans to hire nearly 100 people at its offices located at 540 W. Madison Street and anticipates having about 220 employees in its Chicago offices by the end of the year, bringing the division’s total workforce to 850. Lactalis also has plants and manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, New York, and California.


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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.

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