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Croatian Milk Giants French Owners Add To Their Stable

French company Lactalis, which is the major owner of Croatian dairy product company Dukat, has agreed to buy a 50.3 percent stake in Slovenia’s leading milk producer Ljubljanske mlekarne.

“Ljubljanske mlekarne will strengthen Lactalis’ position in the region and in southeastern Europe, where the group is a leading player in the milk and milk products market,” the French group said in a statement quoted by Slovenian news agency STA.

Ljubljanske mlekarne has 550 employees, and produces more than 200 million litres of milk a year and owns several brands that are well-known in most of the former Yugoslav republics.

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