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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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Ben Cooper | 13 Jul 2017

Consumer concern has long been an important reason for food companies to take sustainability seriously, not only for reasons of reputational protection but increasingly for the value strong sustainability credentials can bring to a brand. In the first of a series of articles looking at the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks at the relationship between consumers and food sustainability in the UK, and asks whether sustainability sells.


Ben Cooper | 5 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.


Victor Martino | 15 May 2017

Chinese dairy giant Yili has declared its interest in buying Stonyfield but just-food columnist Victor Martino contends there could be more twists and turns in the race for Danone's US organic dairy unit.


Dean Best | 25 Apr 2017

Danone's first-quarter update hit its shares - and it is likely the fall in its stock price was only part due to the numbers. The French yogurt maker reported meagre like-for-like sales growth as its challenges in fresh dairy continued. The company upped its forecast for its annual underlying earnings but still its shares declined, with some analysts frustrated at the way Danone plans to report on its new asset, WhiteWave Foods.

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Dean Best | 26 Oct 2017

Danone's blockbuster move for US-based WhiteWave Foods has been one of the most significant food-industry acquisitions of the last 18 months. Struck in July 2016, the US$12.5bn deal was sealed this April and doubled Danone’s sales in the US – but it also gave the French giant the European dairy-alternative brand Alpro. Dean Best caught up with Alain De Bruyn, commercial director for Alpro’s business in a swathe of countries from Slovakia to South Africa, to find out more about the plans for the brand in some of its more early-stage markets.


Dean Best | 6 Jul 2017

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.

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just-food.com | 17 Nov 2017

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Simon Harvey | 26 Oct 2017

Danone plans to invest as much as US$60m to expand its plant-based beverage facility in Rockingham County in the US state of Virginia.


Dean Best | 19 Oct 2017

Danone is reviewing all facets of its dairy business in Brazil in a bid to try to improve its performance, CFO Cécile Cabanis has said, after the Activia maker saw a double-digit decline in its sales in the country during the third quarter.


Dean Best | 19 Oct 2017

Danone has confirmed Emmanuel Faber will add the position of chairman to his role as CEO.


Dean Best | 17 Oct 2017

Danone has refused to be drawn on a report in France suggesting chairman - and once long-time CEO - Franck Riboud is to leave the business.


Andy Coyne | 17 Oct 2017

US meat snacks group Kalahari Biltong has closed on a round of equity financing. 


Dean Best | 13 Oct 2017

Danone has launched a line of protein-enriched snacks in India, targeting the under-consumption of the nutrient in swathes of the country's population.


Andy Coyne | 9 Oct 2017

Al Safi Danone Company (ASD), the Saudi Arabian joint venture involving French food giant Danone, is in merger talks with fellow Saudi dairy firm National Agricultural Development Company (Nadec).


Dean Best | 3 Oct 2017

Danone has launched a range of fresh dairy products in France in a move the company hopes will arrest the decline in the category in its domestic market.


Simon Harvey | 28 Sep 2017

French diary giant Danone has invested in organic baby food start-up Yooji.


Andy Coyne | 8 Sep 2017

Food giants Danone and Kellogg have signed up to an agreement with the Swiss government to reduce sugar content in yogurts and breakfast cereals in the country by the end of 2018.


Simon Harvey | 5 Sep 2017

French dairy giant Danone launched a range of lactose-free yogurt under its Activia brand in the US.


Simon Harvey | 5 Sep 2017

Danone and Murray Goulburn have launched YoPRO high-protein yogurt in Australia, a product with no added sugar, no artificial flavours and less than 0.5% fat, as the company targets on-the-go consumers.


Dean Best | 15 Aug 2017

US-based fund Corvex Management has reportedly emerged as a shareholder in Danone, with the activist investor said to believe the Activia and Alpro maker is undervalued.


Andy Coyne | 27 Jul 2017

French dairy giant Danone has recorded a higher-than-expected rise in first-half operating profit but sales growth slowed down in the second quarter.


Andy Coyne | 18 Jul 2017

Mars and Danone have launched an initiative to improve the quality of vanilla cultivated in Madagascar.


Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2017

Privately-owned French dairy giant Lactalis has entered into an agreement to acquire US organic dairy business Stonyfield from Danone for US$875m.


Dean Best | 28 Jun 2017

Danone has moved to reduce the number of category business units within its European dairy business in a bid to respond faster to changing trends in the market.


Dean Best | 14 Jun 2017

J&F Investimentos, the Brazilian holding company behind local meat giant JBS, has refuted a report claiming it has hired banks to advise on the possible sale of another asset, dairy company Vigor.


John Shepherd | 9 Jun 2017

French dairy group Danone today (9 June) announced plans to invest in sustainable agriculture in the Latin America and Caribbean region in partnership with international finance organisations.


Dean Best | 2 Jun 2017

President Trump yesterday (1 June) fulfilled one of his campaign pledges by withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris climate accord. The deal commits signatories to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5C. However, Trump believes the agreement would hit the US economy. Some of the biggest names in the food sector have hit out at the decision.


Dean Best | 24 May 2017

Danone has added production lines at a plant in Ghana run by Fan Milk, the African business in which the French group has a majority stake.

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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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