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Sustainability still leaves some investors cold

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Danone CEO on "manifesto" and corporate moves 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

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.


Danone CEO on need for CSR "mindset" change 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

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.

Latest News

GSK set to hold Maxinutrition sale talks 21 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline has confirmed it wants to offload its MaxiNutrition arm in the UK and it is understood talks with a potential buyer or buyers are set to start imminently.


Raisio cuts outlook on UK "challenges" 21 Jul 17

Katy Askew

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, has lowered its 2017 EBIT forecast due to the "prolonged production and commercial challenges" faced by its UK confectionery business, lower than estimated profitability and the weakening of the pound against the euro.


EU vote brings restrictions on acrylamide closer 20 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Representatives of the European Union's 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread and biscuits.


Nim's Fruit Crisps launches kids-focused snacks 17 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

UK snack maker Nim's Fruit Crisps has vowed to make children's lunchboxes healthier with the launch of a dedicated range of air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps for kids.


Atlantic Grupa sells production facilities 12 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Croatia's Atlantic Grupa is selling production and private-label assets within its sports nutrition arm to Belgium-based company Aminolabs Group but will hold on to the unit's core brands.


Romania mulling national sugar tax 12 Jul 17

Alexandra Popescu

Romania is drafting proposed regulations that would introduce special taxation on foods and beverages with high sugar content, with the goal of improving health.

Latest blogs

UK consumers to cut back on fruit and veg - and point to Brexit, study says 18 Jul 17

Dean Best

Whatever your view on Brexit, a piece of research issued today (18 July) in the UK on fruit and veg consumption will likely unite more of you than last year's divisive vote.


Food policy returns to focus in Westminster 27 Apr 17

Ben Cooper

Amid the political turmoil in the UK caused by the EU Referendum, the resignation of a Prime Minister, subsequent burning debates over the Brexit “divorce” settlement and now by the surprise announcement of a general election, it is easy to forget food policy was briefly elevated up the political agenda last year. It returns to focus in Westminster for a few hours today (27 April).

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