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How Danone aims to meet its 2020 objectives

Danone outlined plans to raise its sales and earnings performance through to 2020 in an investor meeting held earlier this week. The company...

Indonesian infant formula - potential and pitfalls

Indonesia has become one of the world's largest markets for infant formula by volume, supported by demographic trends such as a large – and...

Indonesian infant formula - potential and pitfalls

Katy Askew | 27 Oct 2015

Indonesia has become one of the world's largest markets for infant formula by volume, supported by demographic trends such as a large – and young – population. However, the country's economic situation means selling prices are low. Meanwhile, poor sanitation and high poverty levels leave infant formula makers in a very precarious position, with their products linked to infant mortality. Katy Askew looks at the potential and pitfalls of selling infant formula in Indonesia.

Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.

Has Yoplait adopted best strategy for China?

Katy Askew | 12 Jun 2015

The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chinese yoghurt market and its growth profile makes it a tempting prize for any yoghurt manufacturer. But, Katy Askew asks, have General Mills and Sodiaal taken the best route to expansion in the market?

Why "added-value" is key in LatAm yoghurt

Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2015

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and Nestle. However, with competition intensifying, with the macro-economic landscape mixed and with consumers showing an interest in moving to "better for you" options and different ways of consuming yoghurt, innovation will be key to help manufacturers stay ahead. Hannah Abdulla explores.

Latest Interviews

Happy Family CEO on baby and beyond

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Happy Family, the US organic baby food maker acquired by Danone in 2013, has enjoyed rapid growth. In 2006 the company reported turnover of US$115,000. This year it forecasts turnover of $130m. And its quest for further expansion has seen the firm move into adult snacking with the launch of Shine Organics pouches. Hannah Abdulla catches up with CEO and founder Shazi Visram to talk about how the company has evolved and how it has benefited from the tie-up with Danone.

How Mars aims to support farmers with new fund

Ben Cooper | 19 Jun 2015

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.

Latest News

Industry news of week - ConAgra, ThinkThin, Danone

Dean Best | 23 Nov 2015

US group ConAgra Foods, fresh from agreeing to sell the bulk of its own-label business, set out plans to split its remaining operations in two. Staying in the US, Glanbia struck a deal to buy protein foods maker ThinkThin, while local distributor Pompeian Group is to merge with Spanish olive oil co-op DCOOP. Olive oil was under scrutiny in Italy, where a clutch of products face a regulatory investigation over claims products are being mis-sold as extra virgin olive oil.

Quotes of week - ConAgra, Danone

Dean Best | 23 Nov 2015

ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly, appointed earlier this year to revitalise the US group, announced its latest strategic change, with the company planning to split in two. Tyson Foods explained its decision to close two plants in the US, while Danone set out plans to grow sales and margins year-on-year.

Industry news of week - Almondy, Maggi, Danone

Dean Best | 13 Nov 2015

Danish family-owned baker Givesco Bakery this week acquired Sweden's Almondy, a move it says will broaden its presence across Europe. Danone became the latest food major to outline commitments on emissions and Maggi noodles returned to shelves in India.

Food industry quotes: Orkla; American Halal

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 2015

This week, Orkla pledged zero-deforestation by 2020. Elsewhere, United Biscuits opened its first e-commerce store in China. just-food spoke to CEO of American Halal Co., Adnan Durrani following the firm's recent acquisition in the plant-protein space and Givesco Bakery acquired cake maker Almondy. Here is the week in quotes.

Danone sets "ambitious" carbon emissions policy

Dean Best | 9 Nov 2015

Danone has announced a target for zero net carbon emissions "within its full scope", which also includes agriculture.

Danone sales beat on infant formula 

Katy Askew | 19 Oct 2015

Danone booked a stronger than expected third-quarter sales performance this morning (19 October), supported by double-digit gains from the French dairy group's early life nutrition unit. 

Danone's Nutricia ups infant formula capacity

Dean Best | 13 Oct 2015

Danone has increased its capacity to manufacture Nutrilon baby milk powder at one of its sites in Europe in order to meet demand worldwide.

US food CEOs call for action on climate change

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

The CEOs of some of the US's largest food companies - including Mars Inc, General Mills and Kellogg – have called on world leaders to forge "robust international agreements" on climate change at upcoming intergovernmental talks on the issue in Paris. 

Danone, Kerry, Pulmuone also eyeing Quorn

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2015

Companies including Danone, Kerry Group, Singapore-based agribusiness and food group Wilmar International and South Korean business Pulmuone Co. are eyeing Quorn Foods, joining the likes of McCain Foods as possible bidders for the UK meat-free firm.

Danone eyes foodservice with latest Spain launch

Dean Best | 28 Sep 2015

Danone has developed a product for Spain's foodservice sector, the first time it has created a line specifically for the channel in the country, the company said.

Danone merges Indian dairy, nutrition units

Jagdish Kumar | 20 Aug 2015

Danone has decided to merge its Indian dairy business with its more profitable baby and medical nutrition units In order to boost distribution and improve profitability.

Food industry quotes of week - MDLZ, Nestle

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-half results and cited the benefits of pricing and productivity on its margins. In the UK, Young's Seafood announced a potential revised restructuring plan that could ease the impact on jobs at two plants. Nestle appointed a new MD for its under-fire India arm and just-food caught up with the CEO of Danone's US organic baby food unit, Happy Family, as it ventures into adult snacks.

Food industry news of week: Nestle India, ConAgra

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2015

Nestle this week a change of leadership at its embattled unit India, which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks over the nationwide Maggi recall. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods was reported to have started talks to sell its own-label unit, with Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods said to be interested. Our interview pages included chats with the founder of US organic baby food firm - and Danone subsidiary - Happy Family, Chinese bakery business Dongguan Kam Tai Foods and UK gluten-free company Mrs Crimble's.

Audio: Happy Family CEO Shazi Visram

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

US organic baby food maker Happy Family has announced its move into adult snacking with the launch of a range of pouches under a new brand, Shine Organics.

Lactalis surpasses Danone on dairy league table

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Lactalis has moved ahead of French rival Danone into second place in the list of the world's top ten dairy companies by sales, according to new data from Rabobank.

UPDATE: Danone merges Dumex with Mengniu

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 2015

Danone will merge its Chinese infant formula brand Dumex with the infant formula business of local dairy giant Mengniu in order to build a "strong local platform" in the sector.

Danone eyes "return to growth" in fresh dairy

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 2015

Danone has insisted its fresh dairy operations are poised for a "return to growth" despite lower revenues at the unit in the first half of 2015.

Danone, Yakult India JV to up capacity

Raghavendra Verma | 24 Jul 2015

The Indian venture between Danone and Yakult is expanding its production capacity of probiotic fermented milk in response to rising demand.

Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.

Ireland sets 2025 agri-food export target

Dean Best | 2 Jul 2015

Ireland is targeting an 85% jump in the value of its agri-food exports by 2025, the country's government announced today (2 July).

Danone invests in Belgium yoghurt plant

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jun 2015

Danone has completed an EUR13.5m (US$15.3m) investment at its Rotselaar factory in Belgium to support the production of spoonable yoghurts.

Food industry news of week: Hershey, Nestle

Dean Best | 19 Jun 2015

China continues to be an issue for Hershey, which today (19 June) cut its forecast for 2015 sales for the second time this year thanks to challenges in the market. Meanwhile, around 300 jobs are to go at the US confectionery giant as it tries to react quicker to changing market trends. Nestle, which has had its own issues in China, this week also indicated growth in parts of Africa had not been as rapid as it had hoped.

Latest blogs

Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.

just-food at CAGE

Dean Best | 15 Mar 2015

Nestle, Danone, Kerry Group and Tyson Foods are among the multinational consumer goods manufacturers presenting next week at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London - of which just-food and sister site just-drinks.com are the exclusive media partners.

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