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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...

WhiteWave Foods eyes centre store, out-of-home

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and plant-based food group, aims to extend its brands beyond the dairy counter into centre-store categ...


Dean Best | 8 Sep 2015

The starting gun on the race for Quorn Foods is to be fired this week and interest in the UK meat-free business is likely to be high.


Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

Consumer interest in health has attracted private-equity investment in some up-and-coming operators, while other chains are revamping menus or even considering more substantial changes. Elsewhere, US fast-food chicken operator Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen demonstrated it is benefiting from demand for indulgence and comfort food and there were more examples of international expansion.


Katy Askew | 10 Aug 2015

WhiteWave Foods raised its full-year earnings forecast after reporting growth across the majority of its businesses. However, the outlook for the Earthbound Farm and Silk owner's packaged fresh and premium dairy businesses in the US appears somewhat challenging.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Jun 2015

WhiteWave Foods' deal to buy of Canadian firm Vega last week will mean the US group adds plant-based nutritional powders and snack-bars to its range, products industry watchers expect to show promising growth in the near future. But low awareness among mainstream consumers of plant-based proteins could prove a challenge. Hannah Abdulla reports.

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Dean Best | 13 Mar 2015

There is speculation over the future ownership of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods. It is hardly surprising. Quorn has been owned by a private-equity firm since 2010 and is a business enjoying continued solid growth in a challenging industry. Dean Best spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan about the sale rumours and his plans for the business this year.


Ben Cooper | 17 Sep 2014

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.

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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 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 | 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.


Katy Askew | 16 Dec 2016

WhiteWave Foods is launching a fresh soya-based toddler milk under its Alpro brand in the UK. 


Dean Best | 26 Sep 2016

The Alpro brand is being taken into the frozen category in the UK and Ireland with the launch of a range of dairy-free ice creams.


Katy Askew | 23 Sep 2016

The UK's advertising standards watchdog has rebuked WhiteWave Foods-owned dairy-free brand Alpro over a promotional tweet issued by television presenter AJ Odudu. 


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).


John Shepherd | 27 Jul 2016

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


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. 


Dean Best | 10 May 2016

WhiteWave Foods, the US group behind brands including Silk and Alpro, today (10 May) lifted its forecast for annual earnings per share and for underlying operating profit.


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Apr 2016

WhiteWave Foods' plant-based food and beverage arm Alpro has declined to comment on speculation it is investing EUR50m (US$56.3m) to triple production of dairy-free products at the Issenheim plant by the end of next year.


Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2016

WhiteWave Foods is targeting "break time" with Nutchello, a new addition to its Silk brand in the US.  


Katy Askew | 11 Feb 2016

WhiteWave Foods revealed today (11 February) that its full year net earnings rose 20% while its full-year operating profit increased by one-quarter, supported by sales growth and margin expansion. 


Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2016

Silk owner WhiteWave Foods has committed to sourcing 100% sustainable cocoa for use in its food and beverages products in the Americas by 2016.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Jan 2016

WhiteWave Foods-owned Alpro has announced the launch of a "high protein" alternative to yoghurt in the UK.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 2015

WhiteWave Foods' Alpro business is to make another cut to the level of sugar in its plant-based, dairy alternative products.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Dec 2015

This week Fonterra announced it was selling its yoghurt and dairy business in Australia to Parmalat, Chinese fruit groups Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio announced a merger and UK meat group Dunbia confirmed it was mulling options for the business. Belgium's Lotus Bakeries bought UK snacks group Urban Fresh Foods, its second deal in the country in four months and, looking to next year, we analysed the prospects for the BRIC markets in 2016. Here is the week in quotes.


Dean Best | 18 Dec 2015

Belgium's Lotus Bakeries this week struck its second piece acquisition in the UK in four months, with a deal to buy Bear snacks owner Urban Fresh Foods. Our M&A pages also included news Fonterra is selling its Australian yoghurt business to Lactalis's Parmalat and Ornua is offloading US distribution asset DPI. Elsewhere, the Russian central bank said domestic producers had, in most categories, failed to meet the shortfall in production from Moscow's import restrictions on the west.


Dean Best | 15 Dec 2015

WhiteWave Foods is pulling "Australian-style" yoghurt brand Yulu, nine months after launching the product in the US.


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.

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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.


Katy Askew | 11 Jul 2016

Growing demand in emerging markets are set to drive 4.6% growth in the global dairy and soy food market by 2020, according to new research.

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Global Soy Milk and Cream Market 2016-2020

Global Soy Milk and Cream Market 2016-2020

Soy milk is a plant-based dairy milk alternative, which is produced by soaking soybeans and grinding them in water. Soy milk is believed to have originated in China. Soy milk was first introduced in t...

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