Tetra Laval

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Tetra Laval is a Swiss-domiciled multinational corporation of Swedish origin, with headquarters in Pully, Switzerland. The Tetra Laval Group provides packaging, processing and distribution solutions[buzzword] for a range of foodstuffs, including liquids, fruit and vegetables, ice-cream and processed food, additionally offering systems for agricultural production and herd management. The group operates in five business segments: milk production, food preparation, food processing, food packaging and food distribution.[1][2] The Tetra Laval Group includes Tetra Pak, DeLaval and Sidel. Tetra Laval was included in the Thomson Reuters 2011 list of Top 100 Global Innovators.[3][4]

The Tetra Laval Group[edit]

The Tetra Laval Group consists of the three independent industry groups Tetra Pak, DeLaval and Sidel.

  • Tetra Pak develops and manufactures processing, distribution and packaging systems for food and liquids.
  • DeLaval develops and produces systems for milk production and animal husbandry.
  • Sidel develops and manufactures plastic packaging and complete bottling lines.

Tetra Laval AB operates as a subsidiary to the holding company Tetra Laval International SA.[5] Tetra Laval International SA provides the financing, risk management and investment support needed by the Tetra Laval Group, with the additional responsibility of managing overall legal and financial structure and tax planning.[6]


The Tetra Laval Group was created in 1993 after Tetra Pak's acquisition of Alfa Laval in 1991 with the aim of forming a coherent structure under which both companies could operate within their respective fields. The part of Alfa Laval that was involved in processing was integrated into Tetra Pak while the part that produced farm equipment was recreated as a separate entity under the name of Alfa Laval Agri, later renamed DeLaval after Alfa Laval's founder Gustaf de Laval.[7] In 2000 Tetra Laval sold the part of Alfa Laval that was not directly involved in their business to Swedish investment company Industri Kapital, however retaining a part of the shares.[8] In 2001 Tetra Laval acquired French plastic bottle manufacturer Sidel. The merger was subject to anti-competitivity scrutiny from the European Commission but was finally allowed to go through after an appeal to the European Court of Justice.[9][10]

Facts and figures[edit]

Employees in 2019:[11]

Tetra Pak 25,488
Sidel 5,487
DeLaval 4,637
Other 270
Tetra Laval Group 35,882

Net sales 2019 (m€):[12]

Tetra Pak 11,220
Sidel 1,415
DeLaval 1,010
Other 0
Tetra Laval Group 13,635

All above numbers were updated on July 2020.


The Tetra Laval Group has a pronounced policy for environmental excellence and sustainability. However, Tetra Pak products have been identified as solid waste problem by many NGOs and environmental groups. Unlike aluminum cans, plastic or glass bottles, it cannot be recycled in municipal recycling facilities. In order to stave off regulation, the company has engineered a strong campaign. In 2011, Tetra Pak published a set of sustainability targets, which included maintaining its emission levels at the same level until 2020 and increasing recycling by 100 percent.

Community projects[edit]

Tetra Laval has a long-standing policy of support for community projects, most notably within disaster relief support. In 2010, Tetra Laval provided in-kind and financial relief support to Haiti, Russia, Pakistan and Brazil and, in early 2011, Japan.[13]


As of 2018, it was owned by the Rausing family.[14]

Supervisory Board[edit]


  1. ^ Tetra Laval International SA Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved 9 December 2011
  2. ^ Tetra Laval Group Archived 30 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Tetra Laval Annual Report, retrieved 9 December 2011
  3. ^ Tetra Laval Honoured for Innovation Food Ingredients First, retrieved 9 December 2011
  4. ^ Thomson Reuters' 2011 List of Top 100 Global Innovators Thomson Reuters, retrieved 9 December 2011
  5. ^ Tetra Laval AB Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved 9 December 2011
  6. ^ Tetra Laval Archived 17 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine On Green, retrieved 9 December 2011
  7. ^ Our History Archived 8 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine Alfa Laval, retrieved 9 December 2011
  8. ^ Industri Kapital has agreed to buy Alfa Laval from Tetra Laval Archived 26 January 2013 at Archive.today Industri Kapital, retrieved 9 December 2011
  9. ^ Where Next for Europe's Biggest Food Packager? The Economist, retrieved 10 December 2011
  10. ^ Tetra Laval II: the Coming of Age of the Judicial Review of Merger Decisions Matteo F. Bay and Javier Ruiz Calzado in World Competition 28(4), p. 433-453, 2005
  11. ^ "Tetra Laval Annual Report 2018-2019 – Tetra Laval in brief". Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Tetra Laval Annual Report 2018-2019 – Tetra Laval in brief". Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  13. ^ Aid to Victims of Natural Disaster Part of our Business Responsibility Archived 30 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Tetra Laval Annual Report, retrieved 9 December 2011
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Billionaire family behind Tetra Pak revealed as mystery IFF shareholder". Reuters. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2020.

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