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EU food marketing expert: Consumers don't understand probiotic health claims ban

Most consumers know little to nothing about the EU health claim system, the European Food Safety Authority nor why a blanket ban has been imposed on probiotic marketing across the...

Danone rubbishes Yakult shareholding increase rumours

Danone has dispelled rumours that it is seeking to increase its stake in Yakult – declaring that it has no plans to mount a “hostile bid” for the Japanese company....

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Dannon extends Fellowship program to support next generation of probiotic researchers

A $25,000 scholarship is up for grabs from Dannon to support the next generation of researchers, with the company extending the focus for its probiotics fellowship program to include the...

Euromonitor “shocked” by EU probiotic decline

After years and even decades of healthy to rampant growth in the European Union, the probiotics sector has entered decline, with a flat economy and health claim ban seen as...

Danone juice JV with Chiquita dogged by ‘mismanagement’: Industry source

With rumors emerging that Danone is selling its 51% stake in its fruit juice JV with Chuiquita Brands International, one industry source told that the French firm was likely...

NHCR article 13 health claims fallout

Valio: How a probiotic firm exists in the “red ocean” of EU health claims

Finnish dairy and probiotics firm Valio says EU health claim laws are forcing it to add approved vitamins and minerals to products like probiotics that have failed to win EU...

Danone plans cost reductions to regain European 'competitive edge'

French dairy giant Danone is preparing a two-year cost reduction plan designed to help regain its "competitive edge" in Europe.

Danone eyeing Southern European dairy demand restoration

French dairy giant Danone has pinpointed the restoration of Southern European dairy product consumption and demand as one of its main short term strategic priorities.

Danone heralds India’s strength by predicting doubled sales

With the growth of nutritional foods in India outpacing that of China, Danone’s subcontinent head for nutrition has announced plans to double sales in India over the next three years....

Danone must cut prices to compete with private label brands – analyst

Danone must cut the prices of its branded dairy products significantly in parts of Europe to compete with lower-price private label brands, French banking giant Societe Generale has claimed.

Danone reconfirms targets after ‘solid’ baby nutrition and water sales

Danone has reconfirmed its full year targets after recording “solid growth” in its Baby Nutrition and Waters business segments in the third quarter of 2012.

Danone to expand experimental Indian business unit

The experimental business unit that is dedicated to rolling out new Danone products for the masses in India has been deemed a success and will be expanded to other cities...

Danone settles Canadian Activia health claims lawsuit

Danone has settled a class action lawsuit in Canada relating to claims made on labels, packaging and advertisements for its Activia yogurt and DanActive probiotic drinks products.

Dannon slams ‘poorly informed and frivolous’ Activia yogurt identity lawsuit

Dannon has dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that its Activia yogurts do not meet FDA-approved standards of identity as “poorly informed and frivolous”.


Chobani continued to dominate the US yogurt market, Danone issued a profit warning, Arla strengthened its position in the UK, Fonterra dropped down the world dairy rankings....

Chobani continued to dominate the US yogurt market, Danone issued a profit warning, Arla furthered its position in the UK and Fonterra dropped down the world dairy rankings....

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...

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