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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. August 15, 2014

    The Diary: Jonathan Eley

    I’m clinging to a tree trunk, some 30 feet up. It’s hot, and humid. My feet are on pegs barely an inch wide. A harness...

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    August 6, 2014

    Launching in India not difficult, says UK's Britvic

    Britvic, the British drinks maker, launched its Robinsons Fruit Shoot children’s drink in India on Wednesday with a senior...

  3. July 28, 2014

    Drugmakers juggle non-core assets

    Reckitt Benckiser’s planned spin-off of its pharmaceuticals division adds to a dizzying range of deals in the...

  4. July 27, 2014

    Hospira in talks to buy Danone medical nutrition arm

    Danone, the French consumer group, is in talks to sell its medical nutrition business to US rival Hospira in a deal that...

  5. July 25, 2014

    Danone profits hit by high milk prices and strong euro

    Danone, the French dairy producer, reported a 20 per cent fall in first-half operating profit as the group battled high milk...

  6. June 6, 2014

    KKR buys into China pork producer

    Just a month after weak demand forced pork producer WH Group to pull its planned $2bn listing, international investors...

  7. May 19, 2014

    Food groups under fire from Oxfam over carbon emissions

    The world’s 10 biggest food companies emit more greenhouse gases than the whole of Scandinavia but are failing to tackle the...

  8. May 13, 2014

    Danone in talks over medical nutrition sale

    Danone is in talks with Nestlé and other potential buyers over the disposal of most of its medical nutrition division, as it...

  9. April 23, 2014

    Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz

    Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz: How business innovators are helping to build a more sustainable world, by David...

  10. March 3, 2014

    ‘White gold’ turns New Zealand into the ‘Saudi Arabia of milk’

    slideshow It was once derided as a country with 20 sheep for every person. But it is now cows that rule resplendent as an...

  11. February 20, 2014

    Danone: milk but not much honey

    It’s been a case of milk but not much honey for investors in Danone over the past 12 months. Shares in the French consumer...

  12. February 20, 2014

    Danone lowers expectations after annual profit decline

    Danone, the world’s biggest yoghurt maker by sales, has lowered expectations over the likely pace of recovery this year...

  13. beyondbrics

    February 13, 2014

    Old out, new in: China market gets a shake up

    Consumer stocks are in and heavy industry is out in a shake up of the two most important equity indices listed in Hong Kong....

  14. February 12, 2014

    Danone whets appetite for China dairy with bigger Mengniu stake

    Danone will more than double its stake in China’s leading dairy company in a move aimed at bolstering the Chinese group’s...

  15. January 8, 2014

    Danone takes legal action over milk scare

    French food group Danone has said that it will terminate its contract with Fonterra and begin legal proceedings against the...

  16. December 1, 2013

    Food groups look to make products leaner

    As waistlines in the west expand ever outwards, food companies are under growing pressure to make their products healthier....

  17. November 17, 2013

    Austrian fund house fights the flab

    Austria’s biggest fund house is throwing its weight behind the global fight against obesity. Erste Asset Management has put...

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    October 25, 2013

    New York headlines

    * China court throws out Bo Xilai appeal * Japan’s Meiji quits China baby milk market * Doubts cloud strong S Korean growth...

  19. October 25, 2013

    Japan’s Meiji quits China baby milk market

    Japan’s biggest dairy company has become the first international manufacturer to quit China’s rapidly growing $14.5bn baby...

  20. October 24, 2013

    Danone expands in Africa with 49% stake in dairy

    Danone has highlighted investors’ increasing appetite for Africa’s consumer brands with the acquisition of a 49 per cent...

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    October 17, 2013

    The biggest EM in the world: the US

    Is the US an emerging market? It is according to Danone, the French food group best known for its yoghurts. As Adam Thomson...

  22. October 16, 2013

    Greek yoghurt offers Danone a taste of US growth

    Like many of its rivals, French food group Danone has looked to emerging markets in recent years to offset a sombre...

  23. October 16, 2013

    Danone shares fall as it lowers targets thanks to Asian recall

    Danone, the French dairy producer, has lowered full-year targets after reporting that the fallout from a recall of baby milk...

  24. October 14, 2013

    Dumex replaces management amid China bribery claims

    Dumex, the baby-food brand owned by France’s Danone, said it would appoint new management at the unit following allegations...

  25. October 13, 2013

    Consumer goods: after the party

    Clear away the empty bottles and sweep up the peanut shells. The party is winding down. European consumer goods companies,...

  26. September 25, 2013

    China to boost domestic formula brands

    China is set to unveil subsidies and other support for five of its dairy companies to develop infant formula brands to...

  27. September 23, 2013

    Bribery allegations emerge over imported infant formula in China

    It would be hard to think of a more sensitive topic in China than infant formula. After the 2008 scandal in which hundreds...

  28. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Novartis’s Alcon embroiled in Chinese corruption allegations * Record Saudi oil output fills supply gap * Corporate debt...

  29. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2013

    Further reading: shale aplenty

    Tuesday’s treats from the BB team: shale aplenty in Russia, Argentina and Algeria, yet Saudi Arabia pumps out more oil than...

  30. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2013

    London headlines

    * UN finds ‘clear’ evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria attack * Record Saudi oil output fills supply gap * Corporate...

  31. September 16, 2013

    Danone baby brand shocked at Chinese bribery claims

    Dumex, the baby food brand owned by France’s Danone, said on Monday it was investigating allegations on Chinese state...

  32. September 11, 2013

    Funds play ‘Hunt the Europe Discount’

    The view of the European stock market from the top down is clear: stockbrokers have convinced themselves that it is cheap....

  33. beyondbrics

    September 4, 2013

    Mexico's bottled water addiction

    Mexico is not only one of the world’s biggest soda drinking nations. It also has an apparently unquenchable thirst for...

  34. August 30, 2013

    China dairy: of milk and money

    Fancy a splash of milk with that? In China’s case the country does not have nearly enough to offer. Small dairy farms with...

  35. August 27, 2013

    Chinese milk producer moves towards $1bn Hong Kong IPO

    China’s dairy industry is about to see a third milk producer launch a share sale in Hong Kong to raise about $1bn amid what...

  36. August 15, 2013

    Danone bows low to succeed in China

    Lord Macartney, Britain’s first envoy to Beijing, caused an uproar at the Chinese court in 1793 when he refused to kowtow at...

  37. August 12, 2013

    CVC nears deal to buy Campbell Soup’s European brands

    Campbell Soup is in “exclusive and final” talks to sell its soup and sauce brands in continental Europe to private equity...

  38. August 8, 2013

    Nestlé: vanity project

    Sales, so the adage goes, are vanity, profits are sanity, and cash is reality. Phooey to that, says the market. Nestlé’s...

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