NEW YORK—Lactalis American Group Inc., has purchased rondelé, resulting in one of the largest manufacturers of specialty cheeses in the United States.

The rondelé line of gourmet spreadable cheeses joins the Lactalis USA line of premier specialty cheeses, including Président brie, camembert and feta.

Philippe Surget, president of Lactalis USA said, "We are thrilled by the acquisition of such a quality company and a great brand which will strongly reinforce Lactalis USA's line-up of specialty cheeses, which already include the famous Président brand. We are looking forward to continue growing our specialty cheese business in the U.S. for many years to come."

Lactalis USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Groupe Lactalis, which is the world's 8th largest dairy manufacturer and the largest cheese producer in Europe. Founded in France in 1933, Groupe Lactalis produces a complete variety of dairy products from nearly 100 factories worldwide, including four in the U.S., that are marketed in 130 countries. Along with its sister company Sorrento Lactalis, Inc., Lactalis USA forms the Lactalis American Group, one of the leading cheese manufacturers in the United States, serving the retail, foodservice, and food-processing industries across America.

rondelé is one of the leading spreadable cheese brands in the United States. Its vast product line, which is featured in dairy, deli and bakery departments of most food stores, consists of rondelé Spreadable Cheeses, rondelé Bagel Temptations, rondelé Bread Essentials, and the new rondelé Pub Cheese line-up. The company also produced "extended shelf life" spreadable cheese products and is a provider of private label products to top cheese companies. rondelé produces all of its products in a Kosher-certified manufacturing facility, and is certified organic and RBST-free, and HAACP compliant. rondelé carries a Superior Rating from the American Institute of Bakers, and has received numerous national and international awards.

Company Website: www.rondele.com