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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. 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.
Tetra Laval AB operates as a subsidiary to the holding company Tetra Laval International SA. 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.
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. 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. 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.
Employees in 2019:
|Tetra Laval Group||35,882|
Net sales 2019 (mEUR):
|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.
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.