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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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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.


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. 

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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.


Dean Best | 6 Jul 2017

Danone has declared an "Alimentation Revolution". The France-based food and beverage giant has urged the industry to join a "movement" that aims to "nurture the adoption of healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking habits". Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, made the call at the Consumer Goods Forum in Berlin, an annual event where the sector’s leading lights to discuss strategy and outline their vision for the industry. Dean Best caught up with Faber after his speech to find out more about Danone’s "manifesto", how it is defining the company’s actions and why the industry should join them.

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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.


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.


just-food.com | 17 May 2017

French food 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. 

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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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