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Danone is an international food and beverage company based in France. Founded by Isaac Carasso in 1919, Danone is a public company, listed on the Euronext stock exchange and OTCQX financial market as BN and DANOY respectively. The head office for Danone is located in Paris, France.

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Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?

Danone said yesterday (12 April) its acquisition of natural food company WhiteWave Foods was final. The announcement comes less than two wee...

CAGNY analysis: Danone's growth strategy

Danone focused much of its presentation at this week's Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference on its plans for the US. The French gro...


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2016

Danone surprised the market on Monday (19 December) with a warning on its full-year sales. In more positive news, the French giant also said it expects its comparable operating margins to "be above target" but analysts were concerned about the early results of the relaunch of Activia, with the company citing the brand as a factor in its lower forecast for organic sales growth in 2016.


Frédéric Nicolas, IRI | 18 Nov 2016

In western Europe, more consumers are looking for new products, are becoming more interested in quality and are increasingly demanding a shopping "experience". Frédéric Nicolas, shopper insights director for IRI, argues food manufacturers can benefit from these trends but suggests their retail customers may need a little encouragement.


Katy Askew | 9 Nov 2016

Republican Donald Trump has beaten front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race to become the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. His eleventh-hour election success defied the pollsters as first the key swing state of Florida fell, followed by North Carolina, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania. With big business largely backing Clinton, pundits are framing Trump's win as further evidence of disillusionment with the so-called political and business classes. just-food examines the implications of the election result for the global food sector. 


Dean Best | 18 Oct 2016

Danone's underlying third-quarter sales fell below market expectations amid challenges in China. Regulatory changes in China are weighing on Danone's infant formula business in the country but, broadly, analysts are comfortable about the prospects for that part of the French giant's business and, overall, the group's wider prospects.

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Katy Askew | 19 Apr 2017

US natural and organic food group WhiteWave Foods – now part of Danone – believes its sustainability programmes and its mission to "change the way the world eats for the better" is a key point of difference to its rivals. Last month, at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in the US, with the sale to Danone on the horizon, Katy Askew spoke to WhiteWave sustainability chief Deanna Bratter to find out about the US company's sustainability strategies.


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.

Latest News

Dean Best | 20 Apr 2017

Danone today (20 April) reported muted growth in its underlying sales in the first quarter of the year, a result described by the French giant as "in line with expectations" as the Activia maker upped its forecast for annual earnings.


John Shepherd | 11 Apr 2017

Danone-owned organic baby food business Happy Family is expanding its range in the US to include a number of nutritional products aimed at supporting infants and breastfeeding.


John Shepherd | 31 Mar 2017

Danone is to sell US organic dairy unit Stonyfield as part of a deal with local regulators on the French giant's planned acquisition of US food and beverage group WhiteWave Foods.


Dean Best | 31 Mar 2017

Danone said today (31 March) it no plans to add to its investment in Brookside despite reports the French giant is looking to buy the African dairy group's assets in Tanzania.


John Shepherd | 22 Mar 2017

Danone is investing around EUR2m (US$2.1m) to install a wastewater treatment system for its Tres Cantos yogurt and dairy products facility near Madrid.


John Shepherd | 10 Mar 2017

French giant Danone has stepped up its introduction of new products in the Indian market with the launch of a Greek yogurt.


Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2017

WhiteWave Foods booked higher full-year sales and earnings but conceded issues at its fresh foods unit remain challenging. 


Katy Askew | 15 Feb 2017

Danone reported a further slowdown in full-year sales growth today (15 February) as European dairy sales continued to perform below expectations and Chinese infant formula revenue was hit by ongoing stock adjustments. 


Katy Askew | 15 Feb 2017

Danone has unveiled a new business structure the French giant believes will make it more "agile" and efficient ahead of its planned acquisition of WhiteWave Foods.


Katy Askew | 14 Feb 2017

Danone's US organic dairy business Stonyfield Farms has announced a "comprehensive plan" to reduce added sugar across its yogurt portfolio. 


John Shepherd | 10 Feb 2017

Dannon, the US subsidiary of French dairy giant Danone, has confirmed plans to relocate its headquarters from Greenburgh to White Plains in New York State, but remaining in the county of Westchester.


John Shepherd | 19 Jan 2017

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, reducing waste and supporting "adjustments" in food production methods to promote "healthy and sustainable diets".


John Shepherd | 18 Jan 2017

Danone has told just-food it aims to double the size of its business in India over the next three years, boosted by new products and by exports from its operations in the country.


John Shepherd | 17 Jan 2017

French dairy giant Danone has launched its Aptamil infant formula brand in India as part of what it said are "aggressive plans" to grow its nutrition business in the country.


Katy Askew | 20 Dec 2016

Danone is preparing to launch infant formula that caters to the dietary needs of children with "inborn errors of metabolism", or IEM, in India. 


Katy Askew | 19 Dec 2016

Danone must offload "a large part" of its toddler milk business in Belgium in order to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission over the French group's proposed acquisition of US-based Alpro maker WhiteWave Foods. 


Katy Askew | 19 Dec 2016

French dairy giant Danone has lowered its forecast for annual sales on an organic basis, citing market conditions in Spain and the performance of its Activia brand.


Dean Best | 18 Nov 2016

Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Danone chief executive Emmanuel Faber are among a clutch of senior industry executives to reiterate their support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, amid fears President-elect Donald Trump may look to remove the US from the deal.


Katy Askew | 16 Nov 2016

Danone has entered into a certification arrangement with online infant formula retailer Windeln.de in a bid to ensure availability of brands such as Aptamil in Germany and "controlled" distribution China. 


John Shepherd | 10 Nov 2016

WhiteWave Foods has booked increases in sales and operating income for the third quarter of 2016 – ahead of the expected completion of the US company's acquisition by Danone, which was announced earlier this year.


Ben Cooper | 18 Oct 2016

Groups representing dairy and arable farmers in the US have written a public letter to the head of Dannon, Danone’s US business, criticising how the company is marketing products made without genetically modified ingredients.


Katy Askew | 18 Oct 2016

Danone today (18 October) reported slowing like-for-like sales growth in the third quarter as "short-term volatility" at its Chinese infant nutrition business weighed on the result. 

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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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