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How Danone and WhiteWave will benefit from merger

Danone announced a deal to acquire WhiteWave Foods this morning (7 July) in a move that values the Alpro maker at around US$12.5bn. The larg...

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Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working condit...


Ben Cooper | 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.


Katy Askew | 19 Apr 2016

Danone insisted this morning (19 April) it is winning "key battles" in its bid to raise its sales and earnings trajectories by 2020. The French food maker flagged higher sales from its US dairy business in the first quarter of this year and predicted ongoing improvements from its European dairy operations. Danone also insisted the fundamentals of its Chinese infant nutrition business are solid despite recent challenges. Katy Askew reports.


Dean Best | 11 Apr 2016

Danone appears to be winning over the investment community, with a 2015 performance and 2016 forecasts welcomed by the market - and growth targets analysts believe are credible and achievable. The French food giant faces challenges, not least in fresh dairy but, broadly, the company's recent initiatives and its prospects have led to more confidence in the business. Here we present the important takeaways from Danone's appearance at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference in London.


Dean Best | 11 Dec 2015

Just three years after PepsiCo and Muller launched their bid to capture part of the US yoghurt market, the companies have thrown in the towel. Dean Best believes the companies did not create distinct enough products to succeed in a competitive category.

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Katy Askew | 25 May 2016

For French dairy group Danone, improving the performance of its global dairy business and transforming it to a growth platform is a priority. As part of this drive, the company has launched an international marketing campaign for its Danonino yoghurt brand. Patricia Oliva, the global marketing director for Danonino, spoke to just-food about how the brand hopes to strike a unique chord with consumers.


Katy Askew | 8 Apr 2016

Danone-owned organic baby food business Happy Family is expanding its range with the launch of products it believes will drive category growth. Happy Family is also using its technological know-how to trail-blaze into uncharted territory for the business. Katy Askew spoke to new business development director Regina Fechter to learn more. 

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Dean Best | 10 Aug 2016

WhiteWave Foods, the US group set to be taken over by Danone, revealed a recent acquisition in Mexico as it published its half-year results yesterday (9 August).


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

This week we heard from executives at Mondelez on the company's struggling sales and its plans to expand in the Chinese chocolate market. Mars was among those to discuss employee health initiatives with us. And Hershey revealed that it is not getting the results it wants in US candy, mint and gums. Here are just-food's quotes of the week. 


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

We released the results of our post EU referendum confidence survey this week, with findings pointing to nervousness over the medium term impact on the food sector. This is in no small part due to uncertainty over the potential trade deals that will emerge. We also ran an in-depth analysis of the various scenarios UK food makers could face in their trade with Europe. Mondelez International revealed sales are coming under pressure and detailed plans to expand in the Chinese chocolate sector. Danone updated on its progress in fresh dairy. Here are the top headlines from just-food this week. 


Dean Best | 28 Jul 2016

Danone CFO Cecile Cabanis today (28 July) insisted the Actimel maker is making progress with its bid to improve the performance of the French group's dairy business, the company's largest by revenue, despite a decline in volumes in the first half of the year.


Dean Best | 28 Jul 2016

Shares in Danone rose this morning (28 July) after the French food group booked half-year adjusted operating profit that exceeded analyst expectations.


John Shepherd | 27 Jul 2016

WhiteWave Foods has unveiled new commitments to sustainability in areas including emissions, water use and sourcing.


John Shepherd | 25 Jul 2016

Danone has relaunched the complete range of its Cow & Gate jar baby food in the UK as part a new early-life nutrition initiative.


Helen Arnold | 21 Jul 2016

French leading dairy company Danone is strengthening its presence in India with the launch of operations in Chennai.


Helen Arnold | 15 Jul 2016

A new range of non-GMO yogurts is being launched by Danone under the Dannon, Oikos and Danimals brands in the US.


Katy Askew | 11 Jul 2016

Danone's takeover offer for WhiteWave Foods – which received the unanimous backing of the WhiteWave board – is to be probed by lawyers representing WhiteWave investors. 


Katy Askew | 7 Jul 2016

French dairy giant Danone has entered into an agreement to acquire WhiteWave Foods in a deal that values the Alpro maker at US$12.5bn and doubles Danone's size in the US market. 


Katy Askew | 14 Jun 2016

Danone has given more clarity to its forecast for 2016 operating margin (14 June) on the back of "disciplined" resource allocation, efficiency and cost "optimisation". 


Dean Best | 24 May 2016

Danone is taking Vitalinea, a yoghurt brand the company sells in Spain, into the country's yoghurt drink segment.


Hannah Abdulla | 27 Apr 2016

Danone's US arm has announced plans to simplify its ingredients list and follow sustainable agriculture practices.


Katy Askew | 19 Apr 2016

Danone booked an increase in first-quarter like-for-like sales ahead of analyst expectations despite subdued volume growth as value sales were lifted by a positive price-mix impact. 


Katy Askew | 19 Apr 2016

Danone has opened an infant formula processing plant in Germany that will process around 90,000 tonnes of formula – or 150m packs – to be exported to 70 countries worldwide. 


Katy Askew | 7 Apr 2016

Danone is investing INR1.5bn (US$22.6m) in expanding its production capacity for infant formula products in India. 


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Apr 2016

Danone has launched a range of zero-fat, zero added sugar Greek-style yoghurts in the UK.


Katy Askew | 31 Mar 2016

Danone has confirmed plans to stop selling its New Zealand-made Nutricia Karicare infant formula brand in China in order to increase its focus on developing its Aptamil and Nutrilon brands.


Katy Askew | 14 Mar 2016

Danone-owned US organic dairy business Stonyfield Organic has thrown its weight behind calls for the mandatory labelling of products containing GMOs in the country. 


Dean Best | 9 Mar 2016

PepsiCo and Danone, two of the largest dairy groups in Russia, have expressed their disquiet about changes to safety regulations in the country.


Katy Askew | 2 Mar 2016

Danone's organic baby food business Happy Family is launching a line of organic baby foods, Clearly Crafted, that come in transparent pouches.

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John Shepherd | 16 Aug 2016

US-based WhiteWave Foods has set a date for its shareholders to seal the deal on the planned US$12.5bn takeover of the group by French dairy giant Danone.


Dean Best | 12 Aug 2016

Announced last month, it is one of the more notable M&A deals in the international food sector of 2016. But an organic advocacy group in the US has taken aim at Danone's planned US$12.5bn takeover of WhiteWave Foods.

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