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Shipping company and European tour operator with Breton origins, Brittany Ferries is a promoter of places of exception, routes, cultural and leisure activities, for each of its destinations: France, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Portugal

By joining the Tour de France 2016, Brittany Ferries reaches the most beautiful cycling race of the world. It’s a natural merger between both entities which share the same taste for the journey, the discovery and the authenticity. By becoming 2016 Grand Départ Supporter, Brittany Ferries commits beside Amaury Sport Organisation and the Association du Grand Départ du Tour de France Manche-Normandie, to support the most popular annual sports meeting of the world.

The 2016 Grand Départ du Tour de France will start on July 2nd from the Wonder of the West: Mont-Saint-Michel, in La Manche. The next day, competitors are expected in Cherbourg: which has the biggest artificial harbour in Europe, its strategic location between France and England, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is also one of the welcoming ports of Brittany Ferries.

Pioneer, the company asserts its taste of the conquest and the discovery. Also proud and close to its lands, Brittany Ferries fits durably into the ports which welcome it, as in Cherbourg, Ouistreham and Le Havre, in Normandy. It contributes to value territories and participate in their economic development by dropping millions of passengers off every year. An approach which joins the one of the Tour de France: real showcase of France all over the world, this mythical event emphasizes regions and their heritage around the values of sport, around the taste of effort and competition.

Bring people closer

If the Grande Boucle is the essence of a big popular party because it gathers men and women from any horizons and nationalities around the passion of cycling, it finds in Brittany Ferries an ideal partner. The Anglo-Saxon public, whom the passion for the Tour de France increases year by year since the 2014 Grand Départ in Yorkshire, victories of Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and those of Christopher Froome in 2013 and 2015, will be probably there again this year.

Share a passion

Like the Tour de France, everything is a question of passion within Brittany Ferries. At Brittany Ferries Company, we are fascinated by our job! Shareholders and employees, 2 500 men and women, including 1 700 French sailors, share the same values, those carried by Brittany Ferries about the sharing, the link and about another idea of the travelling.

Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin (MLC) is a cooperative headquartered in Sottevast, in the North of La Manche County, chaired by Mr Christophe Levavasseur and managed by Mr Jean-François Fortin. It brings together 780 dairy farms and 1,100 associates spread over the County. They produce 400 million litres of milk which are transformed on 3 industrial sites: Sottevast, Valognes and Tribehou.

It makes 335 million euros of turnover in France as well as export throughout Europe with a wide range of products, fresh cheese, butter, cream, UHT milk, cottage cheese and thanks to its own brands and store brands. Valogne is dedicated to pressed cheese production and Tribehou is specialised in Isigny PDO crème fraîche and butter.

The cooperative is strengthened by its 100% owned distribution network of 110 subsidiaries spread over the whole territory and is also a leader on the out-of-home catering market, in dairy products, 100 % owner of which it is. In March 2014, the turnover of France Frais network, owner of Campagne de France, peaked 1,435 billion euros with 3,437 employees.

The consolidated turnover of MLC Group raised 1,663 billion euros with 4,729 employees, whom it is necessary to add the producers-shareholders.
Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin cooperative is a major economic and social stakeholder in the region. At the end of 2015, a program of investments has been launched of 170 million euros for the construction of a factory in Carentan dedicated to the production of infant formula products for China as well as the development of the France Frais network.