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Court dismisses Danone challenge to Chobani Canadian import permit

Chobani Greek-style yogurt manufacturer Agro-Farma Inc. is celebrating a major legal victory in Canada, after the country’s Federal Court dismissed a bid by rival firms to keep it off shelves....

Danone records sales growth despite European demand deterioration

Danone has warned of continued “rapid deteriation” in consumer demand in Southern Europe, despite reporting global sales growth of 5.9% for H1 2012.

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Danone Greek yogurt honoured at Canadian retail awards

Danone’s Oikos Greek yogurt has been named Canada’s ‘Best New Dairy Product’, just months after its launch in the country.

Danone set to acquire majority share in Moroccan dairy giant

French dairy giant Danone has entered into an agreement that, if completed, will see it become the majority shareholder in Morocco’s leading dairy product firm.

Danone issues profit warning over Spanish dairy consumption collapse

French dairy giant Danone has issued a profit warning for 2012 – reducing its operating margin target to account for the collapse of dairy product consumption in Spain and other...

Danone and Chobani lead ‘two horse’ US Greek yogurt race - analyst

Danone and Chobani have taken a clear lead in what has become a “two horse race” to dominate the US Greek yogurt market, Wall Street analysts have claimed.

Danone launches ‘new category’ of yogurt for Spanish market

Danone has launched a “new category” of yogurt to Spanish consumers – offering the experience of eating ice cream with the nutritional benefits of yogurt.

Top 5 US yogurt brands - Chobani wins while Danone, Yoplait brands lose out

US yogurt consumers showed their taste for Greek indulgence in an influential 2012 research poll by Harris Interactive, reporting higher satisfaction levels with major brands such as Chobani and surprise...

Dragon Rouge seizes 'pressing need' to reposition Danone Actimel

Design agency Dragon Rouge has redesigned the UK packaging for Danone's Actimel yogurt drink in the country, citing a 'pressing need and opportunity' to reposition the brand.

Kraft withdrawal shows penetrating US Greek yogurt market isn’t easy: Danone

Danone has hinted that Kraft’s withdrawal from the booming Greek yogurt category in the US is proof of how hard it is to penetrate the sector within a refrigerated yogurt...

Danone threatens Chobani Greek yogurt bandwagon with legal action

Danone has confirmed that it is taking legal action to strike down a one-year Canadian import permit allowing US Greek yogurt sensation Chobani to pay greatly reduced duty of just...

Danone injects more capital into ‘receptive’ Russia

Following its merger with local dairy player Unimilk in 2010, Danone will invest a further US$700m in Russia over the next five to seven years, aimed at driving capacity and...

Danone launches new global probiotics group to “talk with lawmakers”

Danone has formed the Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) with other sector giants like Yakult, DuPont-Danisco and Chr Hansen as the frustrated industry seeks to win a first European Union...

‘We are quite nothing in Asian dairy’, Danone CEO admits

Danone CEO Franck Riboud admits his company is ‘quite nothing in Asian dairy’, but says the French giant is not prioritising that category within the region, and will take time...

Shanghai fallout sees Danone suspend ops as Nestlé shuts Chinese site

French dairy giant Danone says it is refocusing its Chinese dairy operations after suspending operations at a yogurt facility in Shanghai, while Nestlé has closed an ice cream facility in...

Danone feels the heat with ‘flat’ Russian sales

Last year's severe summer drought in Russia has hit Danone’s third quarter (Q3) 2011 dairy sales in the country, with the French company forced to raise prices to end consumers...

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Danone launches new kids brand in India

Danone has launched a new brand of fortified, milk-based products for children throughout India.

Danone launches ‘green plastic’ packaging for its drinking yoghurt brand

Following the launch of Danone’s ‘green plastic’ plant-based bottle for its drinking yoghurt brand, the firm said it plans to roll out the packaging in other European countries.

Dairy volumes down for Danone

Danone saw a decline in sales volumes for its key dairy segments as it hiked prices up in response to soaring commodity costs.

EFSA rejects Danone and Yakult probiotic appeals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel says there are no grounds for alteration of its rejection last year of probiotic health claim dossiers submitted by Danone and...

Danone explores recycling for PLA with NatureWorks

Danone is working with NatureWorks and WWF on a new recycling option for PLA after the French dairy switched to the bioplastic for its Activia yoghurt in Germany.

Danone debuts probiotic yoghurt Activia in 69th country: Australia

French dairy Danone has built on its 2010 joint venture with Australian co-op Murray Goulburn by belatedly launching its €4bn global selling probiotic yoghurt Activia on the market there.

Danone leads yoghurt packaging towards bioplastics

Danone is taking a lead in the use of bioplastics for yoghurt packaging as higher volumes promise to make prices more attractive, according to European Bioplastics.

Danone partnership helps boost Dairygold’s profit by 60 per cent

Danone’s decision to select Dairygold as its key supplier in its expanded Infant Formula Facility Global helped boost the ingredients supplier’s annual profits by 60 per cent to €18.9m last...

Danone's Russian dairy buy helps boost sales by 20 per cent

Danone’s new Russian dairy acquisition helped drive up Q1 sales by 20 per cent, the fastest quarterly growth the company has seen in three years.

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