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Dannon to be official yogurt sponsor of the NFL

Dannon has struck a multi-year deal with the National Football League (NFL) to become its official yogurt sponsor, starting in 2015.

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Not ‘normal’ enough, ASA tells ‘disappointed’ Danone Nutricia over infant formula claims

Danone’s Nutricia division has been rapped again for exaggerated infant follow-on formula claims, this time in conjunction with UK retailing giant Tesco.

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

 Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core...

Datalogic to supply packaging machine sensors for SMI Group

SMI Group has partnered with Datalogic to integrate its sensors in its bottling and packaging machines, which are delivered to F&B corporations including Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Danone, Heinz and Nestlè. ...

Danone slams NZ High Court for 'undue delay' in Fonterra WPC case

Danone has slammed a New Zealand High Court decision to stall its legal battle to recoup money lost as a result of the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare....

Cheat on Greek with Petite Crème sweet fresh cheese: Stonyfield

Organic dairy Stonyfield believes its newly developed Petite Crème sweet fresh cheese range will appeal to US consumers that find Greek yogurt "too thick and bitter."

Danone to acquire 40% stake in Kenyan dairy Brookside

Danone has agreed to acquire a 40% stake in East Africa’s largest dairy manufacturer Brookside Dairy - its second investment on the African continent in less than a year.

Functional food success: Have you thought enough about targeted product design?

If functional food products are to be successful, they need to be designed for a very specific age group and address the particular circumstances of their target audience, according to...

Top 20 Dairy Manufacturers - the Ups and Downs of 2013

European dairies Nestlé, Danone and Lactalis made up the podium in the latest Rabobank Dairy Top 20. Can you guess how the likes of Fonterra, Saputo, Yili and Mengniu lined up?

French agency bucks EU with plant sterol-stanol cholesterol rejection

France’s food safety agency (ANSES) has put itself at scientific odds with the EU’s central food science authority by concluding data is lacking to back plant sterols and stanols for...

Fourteen firms in race to acquire Brasil Foods' dairy business

A total of 14 firms are battling it out to acquire the dairy assets of Brasil Foods (BRF), the Brazilian food giant has confirmed.

UK ASA Ruling

UK regulator turns ‘contrary’ over infant drink marketing, says campaigner

Danone Nutricia’s vindication from any wrongdoing in press adverts for Aptamil with Pronutra+ follow-on milk was described as “absurd” by Baby Milk Action (BMA), which filed a complaint with the UK’s Advertising...

Starbucks tests new ‘Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice Smoothie inspired by Dannon’ in San Jose & St Louis

Starbucks-owned brand Evolution Fresh is test marketing a new range of co-branded smoothies made with cold pressed, high pressure processed juice and Dannon Greek yogurt in 200 Starbucks stores in...

DISPATCHES FROM ZENITH GLOBAL DAIRY CONGRESS

Yogurt can be 'reinvented' in traditional Turkey: Danone

More than 1,000 years since its alleged conception in the country, Danone has envisioned opportunities for yogurt “to be reinvented” in Turkey.

Dannon launches first new brand since Oikos with Dannon Creamery indulgent dessert range

Dannon is looking to drive incremental growth to the dairy category with the launch of a new indulgent dessert brand called Dannon Creamery that targets a day-part US yogurt marketers...

WPC recall-impacted Nutricia NZ reports 97% profits drop

Nutricia Limited, the Danone-owned New Zealand infant formula business hit by last year's Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, reported a 97% drop in profits in 2013.

Danone hopes to regain 'competitive edge' through EU plant closures

Danone has announced plans to close factories in Italy, Germany and Hungary, in its latest effort to offset the impact of "flagging" European fresh dairy product sales.

Dannon, Daisy, LAG deny reported titanium dioxide nanoparticle use

Dannon, Daisy Brand and Lactalis American Group (LAG) have questioned the reliability of a US study that reported finding levels of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in their products.

Investment from Swire, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone and ALPLA

Avantium closes $50m deal to create 100% PEF bottle

Avantium has closed a financing round of $50m from a consortium including Swire Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company, DANONE, ALPLA, and existing shareholders to advancing PEF packaging material.

China cuts number of permitted imported infant formula brands to less than 100

Just 94 foreign infant formula brands have so far been given approval for sale in China under new regulations - down from reportedly more than 800.

Nestlé working with Saudi officials to 'harmonize' infant formula prices

Nestlé is working with Saudi Arabian authorities to "harmonize" infant formula prices following the launch of an investigation into alleged "synchronized" price hikes by the sector's biggest players....

Packaging differentiation 'a key point' for yogurt brands: Arcil

Vincent Altazin from Synerlink/Arcil tells DairyReporter.com how its integrated AP Sleever will enable yogurt manufacturers and brand-owners to differentiate their products while keeping costs low.

YoCrunch and Kellogg's partner to bring cereal to the yogurt aisle

Danone's US 'yogurt with toppers' business YoCrunch has teamed up with Kellogg's to combine the latter's most popular breakfast cereal brands with Greek and traditional yogurt.

Nestlé quiet on latest Danone medical nutrition takeover 'market rumors'

Nestlé has declined to comment on "market rumors" that it is in advanced talks with Danone to acquire the French dairy's medical nutrition division.

Who rules the world? Indian women, says Danone

French food major Groupe Danone is now turning to Indian women, rather than relying on its tested global strategies, to crack the competitive Indian market.

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