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Danone and Nestle face cost challenge head on

Food makers have faced a doubling of raw material and packaging costs in five years, but a recent report reveals the manufacturers are facing the challenge head on, with underlying...

News briefs: Danone and organic schooling

This week, Danone continues to divest operations required to seal its Numico purchase, while an organic dairy cooperative heads for the playground with a new campaign about its operations.

News briefs: Danone results and Tai Chi dairy

This week, Danone says it is on track for full year profitability and organic farmers get the Tai Chi bug.

Danone cautioned over UK Actimel adverts

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told French dairy giant Danone to remove or alter a "misleading" probiotic yoghurt drink TV advert.

News briefs: Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods

This week, Nestle lifts its 2008 profit expectations on an expected fall in commodities costs, Danone denies it has an interest in purchasing Dean Foods, and Kerry Foods makes an...

Danone coy on Wahaha merger talks

Danone remains tight-lipped over reports that it hopes to merge a number of rival companies run by the founder of its Chinese joint venture partner Wahaha into its own operations...

News briefs: Campina, Danone and Parmalat

This week, Campina enjoys dominance of Dutch retail on the back of yoghurt sales, Danone may look to further expansion in the Americas and Parmalat makes another out of court...

Dairy and water key to Danone profit growth

Group Danone posted a 7.2 per cent increase in sales during the full 2007 fiscal year amounting to €14.5bn, on the back of a strong performance in its dairy and...

Danone, Yakult grants to advance probiotic science

The field of probiotics research is set to receive a boost by two new grants announced yesterday by the Global Probiotics Council (GPC).

News briefs: Arla, Global Dairy Conference and Danone

This week, Arla Foods increases payouts to its UK dairy farmers, Athens is picked to host the second Global Dairy Conference in March and Danone may have further expanded its...

Danone quiet on Indian milk buy talks

Danone yesterday remained tight lipped over the possibility of making an imminent acquisition into India's high growth dairy market, as part of the company's longstanding expansion aims for the country.

News briefs: Starbucks, Danone and Unilever hostage scare

This week, Starbucks drops organic milk form its US stores, a Unilever manager is held at his own plant by angry workers and Danone teams up with its suppliers to...

Briefs: Danone, Parmalat and Bulgarian farmer woes

With the festive period sadly done and dusted, takes a look at some of the major happenings over the christmas period.

Further joint venture upheaval for Danone

Danone says it has terminated another Chinese joint venture, this time with local dairy group Mengiu, due to a lack of progress in the collaboration.

Court rules against Danone in Wahaha battle

Danone's right to the trademarks of joint venture partner Wahaha have been terminated after it lost an arbitration battle in a Chinese court, the group said today.

Danone freezes assets in China venture battle

France-based Danone has successfully frozen the assets of a number of enterprises allegedly linked to Chinese joint venture partner Wahaha, on the back of increasing legal pressure over property rights...

Danone divests to protect nutrition ambitions

Danone and Numico will be forced to offload some of their European operations to go ahead with their planned merger into one of the world's leading nutrition companies.

News briefs: Fonterra, Montec and Danone

In this weeks news roundup, Fonterra's health drive is criticised, Montec boosts yoghurt production and Danone steps up spending in Romania.

Danone sells Chinese dairy stake

Danone is a step nearer to going it alone in the Chinese dairy market after selling its entire 20.01 per cent stake in Shanghai-based Bright Dairy and Food and terminating...

Danone's joint venture strategy bogged down in strife

There was more trouble for Danone's joint-venture operations this week as the company launched legal action against Colombia-based rival Alpina in a trademark dispute.

Danone acts over Romanian dioxin fears

Danone has played down fears over the safety of some of its yoghurt products as it becomes the latest European company to be hit by concerns over possible dioxin contamination...

Court favours Danone in 'cancer water' case

A court in Argentina has dismissed allegations against Danone that it had engaged in unfair trade practices in the country against rival Coca-Cola.

Danone marches towards Numico acquisition

Groupe Danone expects to conclude its acquisition of nutrition company Numico in the first half of November, the two companies said today, setting a timetable for the French group's bid...

Danone restructures senior management

Danone yesterday announced a major restructuring of its senior management as it continues to refocus its operations towards being a leading player in health and nutrition.

Healthy half year for Danone's nutrition ambition

Danone has increased like-for-like sales by 8.2 per cent to €7.5bn during the first half of the year as it continues to refocus its operations towards health and nutrition.

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