French food group Danone is to start producing its DanActive probiotic drink brand in Canada.

The company said today (28 September) that it had spent C$50m (US$48.5m) on upgrading a plant in Quebec to produce the product. Until now, the DanActive lines on sale in Canada had been imported from the US.

Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud said: "The consolidation of our operations in Boucherville reaffirms the place that Quebec and Canada have in the growth of the Danone Group."

Some 31 direct jobs and over 500 indirect posts will be created by the investment, Danone said.