Blog: Dean BestDanone not laughing over Wahaha

Dean Best | 13 December 2007

Talk about the potential of China all you like but Danone’s turmoil over there shows how troublesome operating in the market remains.

The French food giant is visibly worried over the fate of its drinks venture in China and one needs an Honours degree in legalese to keep pace with all the latest twists and turns.

Indeed, so heightened is French concern over the spat that President Sarkozy recently waded into the row on a recent visit to China.

The country can offer vast rewards but the perils are also great. The row is set to hit Danone’s top-line, is likely to hit its fourth-quarter numbers and, perhaps most worryingly for Danone, is looking like it will run and run.


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