Michel Besnier

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Michel Besnier
Born (1928-09-18)September 18, 1928
Laval, Mayenne
Died June 11, 2000(2000-06-11) (aged 71)
Marbella, Spain
Nationality French
Spouse(s) Christiane Besnier
Children Emmanuel Besnier
Jean-Michel Besnier
Marie Besnier Beauvalot
Parent(s) André Besnier

Michel Besnier (1928-2000) was a French heir and businessman. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Besnier Group, later known as Lactalis.

Early life[edit]

Michel Besnier was born on September 18, 1928 in Laval, Mayenne.[1] His father, André Besnier, founded the Besnier Group, a cheese company, in 1933.[2] He received a Certificat d'études primaires.[3]


Président camembert.

Besnier started his career at the family business alongside his father in 1946.[1] After his father died in 1955, he became its Chief Executive Officer.[2]

He launched Président, the brand of camembert, in 1968.[3] He also acquired Lepetit, Lanquetot, puis Bridel, Lactel and Roquefort Société.[3] His success lay in his ability to predict the vast expansion of supermarkets.[3]

He changed the company name to Lactalis in 1999.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Christiane Besnier.[3] They had two sons, Emmanuel and Jean-Michel, and a daughter, Marie.[2][3] They owned a house in Marbella, Spain.[3]


He died on June 11, 2000 at his Marbella home.[2][3] He was seventy-one years old.