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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.

Latest Interviews

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.

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.

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Simon Harvey | 3 Dec 2018

French dairy giant Danone is reportedly finding it difficult to attract a buyer for its loss-making organic fresh produce business.

Andy Coyne | 13 Sep 2017

US group Amplify Snack Brands has hired two WhiteWave Foods executives to become its new chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

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.

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 | 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.

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 | 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.

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. 

Latest blogs

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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Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in the US

Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in the US

The dairy & soy food sector in the US is led by the cheese category in value terms in 2017, while the drinkable yogurt category is expected to register the fastest growth in value terms during 2017-20...

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Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in the Netherlands

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The Dutch dairy & soy food sector is led by the cheese category in value terms, while milk category held the largest volume share in 2017. The ‘soymilk & soy drinks’ category is expected to register t...

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Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in the UK

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The dairy & soy food sector in the UK is led by the milk category in both value and volume terms. The ‘dairy-based & soy- based desserts’ category is expected to register the fastest value and volume...

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