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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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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.


Victor Martino | 17 Apr 2017

Danone said yesterday (12 April) its acquisition of natural food company WhiteWave Foods was final. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the French group revealed it was putting its US Stonyfield organic dairy brand up for sale in exchange for gaining local regulatory approval for the WhiteWave deal. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino looks at the would-be acquirers for Stonyfield. 


Katy Askew | 24 Feb 2017

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 group generates around 13% of its sales in North America and believes there is ample room to grow. Danone also touched on its goals for 2020 and its cost-cutting drive and last week's move to "decouple" the group's aims to improve efficiency and increase sales. Here are the eight key takeaways from the event. 


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.

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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.

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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.


John Shepherd | 24 May 2017

Danone has launched a lactose-free line under one of its flagship dairy brands, Activia, in Spain.


John Shepherd | 19 May 2017

French dairy group Danone said yesterday (18 May) it is relying on synergies from its acquisition of US food and beverage group WhiteWave Foods to help lift its recurring operating margin above 16% of sales in 2020.


John Shepherd | 18 May 2017

Mexican dairy group Grupo Lala has reportedly emerged as "the lead bidder" for US organic dairy business Stonyfield from French dairy giant Danone.


John Shepherd | 17 May 2017

French dairy giant Danone is teaming up with AccelFoods, a US investment vehicle that is looking to support the expansion of companies in the "disruptive" natural and healthy food sector.


John Shepherd | 16 May 2017

Food giants have joined forces to call for the "urgent adoption" of nutrient profiles in the EU to ensure nutrition and health claims made for food products are genuine.


John Shepherd | 11 May 2017

China's Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. has confirmed it is lining up a possible offer for US organic dairy business Stonyfield from French dairy giant Danone.


John Shepherd | 10 May 2017

French dairy giant Danone has declined to comment on a report it is in talks to sell its US organic dairy business Stonyfield to China's Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co.


John Shepherd | 10 May 2017

French dairy group Danone is investing around US$25m in an expansion of a distribution centre in the US state of Ohio.


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. 

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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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