3. Lactopôle André-Besnier
The Mayenne is the centre of France’s dairy industry, as you’ll realise while driving through the countryside and seeing the many herds of dairy cows grazing in lush fields.
Take the Babybel factory in Évron for instance, which produces five million mini Babybel cheeses a day! One of the big employers in Laval is the dairy manufacturer Lactalis, and the brand’s headquarters host a surprisingly compelling and stylish museum.
You’ll get the background on Lactalis’ founder André Besnier and discover how dairy products, from milk to cheese and butter, are processed.
There are antique churns from around the world and a display of vintage camembert labels.