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    1. July 15, 2016

      Big business identifies appetite for plant-based milk

      Nearly 40 years ago, Steve Demos borrowed $500 to set up a vegetarian food company. He expanded into soya milk, which...

    2. July 13, 2016

      Acquisitive European groups pay high price for US expansion

      Increasing US market share by means of acquisitions is a tried and tested route for French, German and other European...

    1. July 8, 2016

      Week in Review, July 9

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Former Barclays bankers  jailed...

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      July 8, 2016

      S&P sours on Danone

      Too much of a good thing? Danone’s move to buy health-focused WhiteWave Foods in a $12.5bn deal has earned it a...

    3. July 7, 2016

      First Solar’s shine fades on competition fears

      First Solar was the biggest decliner on the S&P 500 on Thursday after analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded the...

    4. July 7, 2016

      Danone goes on a health kick with WhiteWave deal

      In April, Emmanuel Faber, mountaineer, rock climber, corporate social responsibility campaigner and head of French food...

    5. July 7, 2016

      Danone agrees $12.5bn deal for health-focused WhiteWave Foods

      Danone, the world’s largest yoghurt company, has struck its biggest deal in a decade with a $12.5bn agreement to buy...

    6. July 7, 2016

      Danone: culture shift

      A decade ago, the French were mocked for declaring yoghurt a “strategic industry”. Now the company that prompted that...

    7. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      Danone to acquire WhiteWave Foods in $12.5bn deal

      Danone, the world’s biggest yoghurt maker, has confirmed an FT report it is to acquire US beverage group WhiteWave...

    8. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      Danone nears $10bn deal for health-focused WhiteWave

      Danone, the world’s biggest yoghurt maker, is nearing an agreement to acquire WhiteWave Foods, the natural and...

    9. Fast FT

      July 6, 2016

      Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail

      Lionel Messi, the Argentine footballer widely considered the best player in the world, has been sentenced to 21 months...

    10. June 28, 2016

      China tea makers wage intellectual property war

      Two rival makers of China’s most popular canned soft drink have taken their “tea wars” to the courts, with one tea...

    11. June 9, 2016

      Maria Sharapova’s sponsors rally round despite tennis star’s ban

      Tennis champion Maria Sharapova has regained the support of a number of corporate sponsors, despite being banned from...

    12. May 18, 2016

      Let’s do lunch

      Some thrive on the traditional power lunch; some enjoy going blank over a solitary sandwich. But now Marie Schneegans,...

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      April 19, 2016

      Danone Q1 sales hit by EM forex

      Yoghurt maker Danone said a recovery begun in 2015 continued in the first quarter with sales up on the back of...

    14. April 3, 2016

      Emmanuel Faber, Danone CEO: on the alert for blind spots

      Emmanuel Faber does not like the way the global food industry is going. He considers “a major risk” the fact that just...

    15. March 16, 2016

      Boards should learn from Sharapova

      Watching tennis star Maria Sharapova lose many of her sponsorship deals after admitting to taking a banned drug made me...

    16. March 2, 2016

      Spectre of deflation returns to haunt Europe’s food groups

      The eurozone is back in the land of deflation. For European food groups such as Danone, the French yoghurt maker, and...

    17. February 23, 2016

      Danone cuts growth targets as volatile conditions weigh on sector

      Danone has set itself more modest growth targets in anticipation of rising prices for raw materials combined with...

    18. January 3, 2016

      Time to get stoked by the year’s worst corporate guff

      Last year was a ripping one for flannel. I know I say that every year, but 2015 broke all records for obfuscation,...

    19. October 19, 2015

      Danone: milking it

      Danone has bet on emerging markets as enthusiastically as any rival. Its businesses in Brazil, China and Russia have...

    20. October 19, 2015

      Danone beats expectations as baby food boosts sales

      Strong sales of baby food helped Danone report better than expected revenue during the third quarter even as the French...

    21. July 24, 2015

      Danone: favoured child

      Pity the unloved child. On Friday, French food company Danone said that it intends to sell its Chinese infant formula...

    22. July 24, 2015

      Danone set to sell Dumex in China dairy strategy shift

      Danone plans to sell its Dumex Chinese baby formula unit to Yashili International Holdings in exchange for a bigger...

    23. May 10, 2015

      Activist shareholders lead new French revolution of pay excess

      Three years after the UK’s “shareholder spring” inspired a rash of investor protests against excessive executive pay,...

    24. May 10, 2015

      Bottled water flies off shelves as fizzy drinks go flat

      Amid retailers’ displays of ever-more exotic soft drinks — ranging from coconut water to lime and cardamom or...

    25. April 20, 2015

      Packaged foods: increased appetite

      The central aisles of a supermarket are dull even by the soul-destroying standards of big-store retail. So it is...

    26. March 26, 2015

      Mengniu: washed white

      It is not easy to come back from a scandal involving sick infants; nor should it be. When Chinese milk producer Sanlu...

    27. February 20, 2015

      Danone pessimistic about prospects for organic growth

      Danone has forecast organic sales growth of no more than 5 per cent this year and only “slight growth” in operating...

    28. January 14, 2015

      Profit warning sours China milk outlook

      Yashili Holdings, the Chinese infant formula maker part-owned by Danone, has warned full-year profits will fall by...

    29. December 21, 2014

      Drinks companies shaken by rouble turmoil

      Economic turmoil in Russia could lead to double-digit downgrades at leading drinks companies as the collapse of the...

    30. December 12, 2014

      Danone to keep medical nutrition business

      Danone says it will keep its medical nutrition division after months of speculation that Europe’s largest dairy...

    31. November 30, 2014

      Danone and PepsiCo targeted in Russia crackdown

      Danone and PepsiCo have become the latest victims of Moscow’s crackdown on western companies after Russia’s...

    32. November 27, 2014

      Yakult tumbles after Danone said to be considering stake sale

      Shares in Japan’s Yakult fell as much as 10 per cent following a report that France’s Danone was considering unloading...

    33. November 5, 2014

      Drinks groups lose some fizz in Indonesia

      With a fast-growing middle class and half its population of 250m under 30 years of age, Indonesia has become a crucial...

    34. October 31, 2014

      Danone pushes deeper into China dairy market

      Danone is pushing further into China’s dairy market with a $550m investment in Yashili, the infant formula provider, in...

    35. October 15, 2014

      Danone revenues bounce back on revitalised Asian formula sales

      Danone benefited from a vigorous recovery in infant formula sales in Asia which gave it stronger-than-expected...

    36. October 3, 2014

      Danone looks to sell nutrition unit to Fresenius in €3bn deal

      Danone, the French yoghurt company, is in advanced talks to sell its medical nutrition unit to German healthcare group...

    37. September 2, 2014

      Danone chief Riboud splits leadership role

      Franck Riboud, Danone’s chairman and chief executive, is to split his role after 18 years at the helm of the French...

    38. August 27, 2014

      Milk supplier Fonterra moves to broaden China footprint

      Fonterra, the world’s biggest milk supplier, is tying up with one of China’s biggest infant formula makers as part of a...

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