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Yakult brings probiotic little bottles to Switzerland

Switzerland is the newest market for Japanese probiotic drink leader Yakult, which began selling there last month.

EYE ON EMERGING MARKETS

West African consumers ‘don’t want to walk 10 miles to buy an ice cream’: Fan Milk

In this, the first instalment of our Eye on Emerging Markets series, one of West Africa’s most successful dairy brands, Fan Milk, pinpoints the key to cracking the region - street...

The Coca-Cola Company & WWF support BFA

Nestlé, Danone, Unilever, form plant-based bioplastics alliance

Nestlé has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and seven consumer firms to promote the development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials.

dispatches from K Show 2013

Green PE growing in food packaging - Braskem

Green polyethylene (PE) is growing with Tetra Pak, General Mills and Danone adopting the technology but is not yet at full capacity, according to Braskem.

Toddler milk sector welcomes EFSA rejection of toddler milks

The European group that represents manufacturers of milk products aimed at 1-3 year olds has welcomed last week’s European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion, even though it essentially rejected toddler...

EFSA flushes toddler milk claims

Fortified milks aimed at 1-3 year olds are no better nutritionally than regular foods, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded in a long-awaited opinion.

Fan Milk takeover a 'major step' in African expansion: Danone

Danone has entered into an agreement with growth market investment specialist, The Abraaj Group, that will see it gradually assume a controlling stake in West African dairy vendor, Fan Milk...

Danone slashes 2013 targets to cover WPC botulism recall losses

Danone has issued a profit warning for 2013 to account for the impact of Fonterra's recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, which the French dairy giant has claimed cost...

Danone Dumex vows ‘disciplinary action’ in wake of infant formula bribery probe

Danone’s Asian infant nutrition business, Dumex, has vowed to take “disciplinary action” against employees that bribed Chinese doctors and nurses in Tianjin to promote the company's products to the parents of newborns...

Danone, BSNA, FSA attempt to dispel infant formula aluminium contamination concerns

Danone, the British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA), and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) have moved to dispel concerns about aluminium contamination in infant formula, after researchers discovered levels exceeding...

Danone seeking €200m damages from Fonterra over WPC recalls

Danone has confirmed that it is seeking around €200m ($270m) in compensation from Fonterra to cover the costs associated with the infant formula product recalls it ordered in response to...

Top US dairies urge Senate to drop milk production controls

Dean Foods, Nestlé USA, Dannon, Saputo and Kraft Foods are among scores of US dairy processors calling on the Senate to accept a version of the 2013 Farm Bill that...

Fonterra, Danone in talks to resolve WPC botulism dispute

Fonterra has denied it has “any legal liability” to Danone in relation to its recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) contamination scare, despite being in talks with the French dairy giant over...

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Danone, Müller, Yoplait, Emmi, Lactalis Nestlé launch UK Yogurt Council

Leading yogurt manufacturers, Danone, Emmi, Lactalis Nestlé, Yoplait, and Müller, have joined forces to launch the first UK industry body dedicated to promoting the nutritional benefits of yogurt.

Danone Canada to expand Oikos Greek yogurt capacity

Danone in Canada has announced plans for a CAD$40m (US$39m, €29m) expansion of its Greek yogurt manufacturing capabilities – an investment designed to meet growing demand for its Oikos yogurt...

An alternative to crushed bugs? Chr. Hansen explores producing carmine via controlled fermentation process

Natural colors expert Chr. Hansen has been exploring whether it is commercially viable to produce carmine - a natural red food color currently made from crushed cochineal insects - via...

Danone reviewing Fonterra WPC botulism false alarm ‘compensation options’

Danone is reviewing its “recourse and compensation options” in relation to the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism alert that led it to pull potentially-affected infant formula products from shelves in eight...

'No plans' to sue Fonterra over false WPC botulism alarm, says Nutricia

Danone-owned Nutricia has rubbished reports that it is considering legal action against Fonterra over the false whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism alarm that led it to recall 67,000 units of...

Toddler milk products not a waste of money or 'unnecessary', says UK industry

The British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) has slammed a Which? consumer report that branded toddler milk products “unnecessary” and a waste of money.

It's Crunch Time! Danone boosts US yogurt offering through YoCrunch deal

Danone has moved to further “strengthen" its US yogurt offering through the acquisition of ‘yogurt with toppers’ market leader, YoCrunch.

It’s official: Promoted and organic tweets drive offline sales, says Twitter, and we can prove it

Is your brand getting some decent bang for the bucks you spend on paid-for (‘promoted’) tweets? The answer, according to a new trial with 35 big names in consumer packaged...

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No boys allowed: What’s so girly about yoghurt?

There’s a marketing experiment going on in the yoghurt aisle. Two yoghurt brands recently have positioned themselves as ‘yoghurt for men’. Is ordinary yoghurt really so girly?

Eurofins to take over Danone’s infant nutrition analysis lab in Germany

Eurofins is to take over Danone’s laboratory for infant nutrition analysis in Germany in return for an exclusive supplier contract for infant nutrition analysis from the firm.

Fonterra botulism alert: Dairy giant slams China import ban reports

Fonterra has slammed reports that China has closed its borders to New Zealand dairy products amidst concerns that three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC) produced by the company are...

Danone infant formula demand drives ‘strong start’ to 2013

Danone claims to have got off to a “strong start” this year, with early signs of stabilisation in Europe and solid demand for infant nutrition products in China driving better-than-expected sales growth...

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