Turnover: 27.66 billion EUR (2022)

Country: France

Danone is a multinational company founded in 1919 in Barcelona and headquartered in Paris. The company boasts an amble margin in its food&beverage product offerings, and they can be summarized in 3 categories:

  • Fresh dairy products
  • Beverages
  • Cookies and cereals
  • Children's Foods

Danone's product portfolio includes several brands, such as Activia, Actimel, Danacol, Alpro, Danette, VitaSnella, HiPro, SuperMario, Mellin, Aptamil, Milupa, Fortifit, Fortimel, Souvenaid, Neocate, Fortini, Infatrini, and many others.

danone Company is present in Italy with two divisions:

  • Dairy and Vegetable Products (EDP): Danone S.p.A. Benefit Company;
  • Specialized Nutrition (SN): Danone Nutricia S.p.A. Società Benefit.

News

Danone opens a second plant for plant-based products in France 12/02/2024

  • Danone inaugurates a new plant dedicated to the manufacture of dairy alternatives in France
  • Danone has completely converted its Villecomtal-sur-Arros yogurt plant in the Gers department into a unit dedicated to Alpro-brand plant-based beverages. 43 million euros of investment
  • Production, mainly of oat juice cartons, is 90% destined for Europe.
  • Danone now has four milk-alternative production units in Europe. Two in France, at Issenheim and Villecomtal in the Gers region, one in Sweden, at Lunnarp, and the fourth at Wevelgem in Belgium.
  • Vegetable-based products have become "a strategic focus" for the world's number one in ultra-fresh products.
  • Danone took the t turn in 2017 with the $12.5 billion acquisition of US group WhiteWave.
  • In France, ultra-fresh products are deeply rooted in diets.
  • Plant milk accounts for just 4% of the traditional dairy products market by volume and 7.4% by value.
  • The plant-based milk market is worth 165 million euros, according to FranceAgriMer.
  • More than 6 out of ten people in France in the 18-24 age bracket eat plant-based products several times a week, according to lDanone
  • Many dairy groups, including Triballat, Nestlé and Bel, have chosen to develop plant-based ranges.
  • Retail chains are present under their own brands (MDD).

Danone finds buyers for its two organic brands in the United States 02/01/2024

  • Platinum Equity's portfolio of assets totals $47 billion.
  • The two brands Horizon Organic and Wallaby accounted for around 3% of Danone's sales in 2022, or $800 million.
  • Dairy products make up a large part of Danone's sales.
  • Danone has sold various parts of its business in different countries, including yoghurts in China and fresh dairy products in Brazil.
  • Danone recorded eight quarters of growth thanks to price increases, although volumes remained stable.
  • Danone succeeded in halting a steady decline in dairy sales that had lasted since 2015.

Danone sells its US organic dairy business to Platinum Equity 02/01/2024

  • Danone has signed an agreement to sell its US organic dairy business to Platinum Equity.
  • The sale concerns the Horizon Organic and Wallaby businesses.
  • By 2022, Horizon Organic and Wallaby represented around 3% of Danone's total sales.

Danone, Antoine de Saint-Affrique's silent revolution 26/09/2023

  • Investment of 50 million euros in medical nutrition plant in Opole, Poland.
  • Danone sales of 27.7 billion euros.
  • Sales growth from 2.5% to 3% on average per year (before Covid) to 7% to 8% by mid-2023.
  • Groupe Danone employs around 100,000 people.
  • Disposal of certain non-strategic activities (Vega, Horizon Organic and Wallaby in North America, Aqua d'Or waters in Denmark, etc.).

Danone: Efforts Rewarded 26/07/2023

  • Danone's net income for the first half of fiscal 2023 jumped 48% to over €1 billion.
  • In Spain, Danone reduced the number of brands from 13 to 5.
  • Danone's operations in Russia were expropriated by the Kremlin in July 2023
  • The group had estimated losses linked to the departure from Russia at 1 billion euros.
  • 15% volume-driven growth for Mizone water in China.
  • Counter-performance: plant-based products in North America

Danone, collateral victim of Vladimir Putin's new hard line 17/07/2023

  • Two major European groups, Danone and Carlsberg, were engaged in discussions to sell their Russian operations.
  • They were surprised by a Russian presidential decree that transferred most of their Russian assets to the state agency, Rosimushestvo
  • Danone had planned to sell 12 of its dairy and plant-based products plants in Russia, while retaining a plant dedicated to infant nutrition.
  • President Putin issued decrees earlier that tightened national control over Western assets sold in Russia, including eliminating foreign shareholders from buyers.

Danone: luxury retreat in Russia 14/10/2022

  • Thirty-year adventure
  • Danone estimates its depreciation linked to its retirement from Russia at 1 billion euros
  • Its departure affects 7,000 of its 8,000 employees in the country
  • 5% of its sales are generated in Russia
  • For the time being, Danone will maintain its infant nutrition activities, many of which are imported.

The reorganization of the Villecomtal plant will focus on dairy production. 20/05/2022

  • Danone decides to convert its Villecomtal dairy processing site to vegetable beverage production
  • But this operation leaves 216 farmers without outlets
  • Danone has agreed to pay compensation
  • The Ségala-Limargue association will continue to deliver milk to Danone for the Lacapelle-Marival site

Mission-driven companies: the great misunderstanding 30/11/2017

  • On November 22, 2020, Danone société à mission announced the elimination of 1,500 to 2,000 jobs, including nearly 400 in France
  • Savings plan representing over one billion euros by 2023
  • The most substantial downsizing plan in the company's history

Financial Data

DUNS: 552032534

Legal Name: DANONE

Address: 17 BD HAUSSMANN , 75009 PARIS 9

Number of employees: Entre 1 000 et 1 999 salariés (2020)

Capital: 168 959 483 EUR


Financial Data:

Year 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Turnover 635 000 000 622 000 000 593 000 000 666 000 000 609 000 000 648 000 000 534 000 000
Gross margin (€) 700 000 000 674 000 000 647 000 000 711 000 000 668 000 000 - -
EBITDA (€) -137 000 000 -130 000 000 -163 000 000 -62 000 000 -173 000 000 - -
Operating profit (€) -137 000 000 -130 000 000 -163 000 000 -62 000 000 -173 000 000 - -
Net profit (€) 3 674 000 000 1 931 000 000 471 000 000 899 000 000 176 000 000 1 347 000 000 2 217 000 000
Turnover growth rate (%) 2,1 4,9 -11 9,4 -6 21,3 -
Ebitda margin rate (%) -21,6 -20,9 -27,5 -9,3 -28,4 - -
Operating margin rate (%) -21,6 -20,9 -27,5 -9,3 -28,4 - -
Working Capital (turnover days) -886,9 -3 400,6 -2 422,1 -1 249 -1 235,2 - -
Working Capital requirements (turnover days) - - 203,1 - - - -
Net margin (%) 578,6 310,5 79,4 135 28,9 - -
Added value / Turnover (%) 100 100 100 100 100 - -
Wages and social charges (€) 254 000 000 260 000 000 295 000 000 287 000 000 - - -
Salaries / Turnover (%) 40 41,8 49,7 43,1 - - -

Company Managers:

Position First Name Last Name Age Linkedin
Président du conseil d'administration Gilles Schnepp 65
Directeur général Antoine Bernard De Saint Affrique 59
Administrateur Bettina Molitor 61
Administrateur Serpil Timuray 54
Administrateur Frédéric Boutebba 56
Administrateur Michel Marie Landel 72
Administrateur Gilles Schnepp 65
Administrateur Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet 61
Administrateur Antoine Bernard de Saint Affrique 59
Administrateur Patrice Louvet 59
Administrateur Géraldine Roaux 54
Administrateur Susan-Barbara Roberts 67
Administrateur Gilbert Ghostine 64
Administrateur Lise Kingo 62

Studies mentioning this company

The organic yogurt market - Belgium

Other companies mentioned:

  • Danone Groupe
  • Nestlé Groupe
  • Alpro (Promavel)
  • Pur Natur
  • Hagor - Bioservice
  • Efarmz.be
  • Bio c' Bon
  • Bio Planet
  • Sequoia
  • BioForum Vlaanderen VZW
  • De Zwaluw
  • Yoplait France (Sodiaal Groupe)
The plant milk market - France

Other companies mentioned:

  • Danone Groupe
  • Bjorg (Ecotone)
  • Nutrition et Santé -Soy
  • Alpro (Promavel)
  • Biolait
  • Oatly
  • Carrefour Bio
The alicaments market - France

Other companies mentioned:

  • Danone Groupe
  • Red Bull
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical France
  • Innocent
  • Feed
  • Nestlé Groupe
  • Abbott Groupe
  • Biocodex
  • Cooper Health Solutions
  • L'Herbier du Diois
  • Dômes Pharma Léro Laboratoire
  • Ortis Laboratoire
  • Santarome Laboratoire
  • Ineldea Laboratoires
  • Havea Calmosine
  • Nutrisanté Laboratoires (Havea groupe)
  • Lactalis Nutrition Santé
  • Natura Force Nafo
  • NHCO Nutrition
  • Nutricia (Danone)
  • Phytoceutic Laboratoires
  • Superdiet (Urgo groupe)
The bottled water market - Belgium

Other companies mentioned:

  • Spadel
  • Nestlé Waters
  • Danone Groupe
  • Coca-Cola Groupe
The health food market - France

Other companies mentioned:

  • +Simple.fr
  • Danone Groupe
  • Fleury Michon
  • Ekibio (Groupe Lea Biodiversité)
  • ABCD Nutrition
  • Biscuits Bouvard Groupe
  • Bjorg (Ecotone)
  • Lactalis Groupe
  • Nutrition & Santé Groupe
  • PiLeJe
  • Nestlé Groupe
  • Unilever
  • Ebro Foods Group
  • Famille Mary (Léa Nature Groupe)
  • Lea Nature Groupe
  • Olga Groupe (Triballat Noyal)
The yogurt market - Italy

Other companies mentioned:

  • Granarolo
  • Fage
  • Danone Groupe
  • Cooperativa Latteria Vipiteno
  • Parmalat
  • Valsoia
  • Alpro (Promavel)
The vanilla market - Italy

Other companies mentioned:

  • Danone Groupe
  • Unilever
  • Eurovanille
  • IFF International Flavours and Flagrances
  • Varesco Trading
The baby food market - Italy

Other companies mentioned:

  • Danone Groupe
  • Nestlé Italia
  • Lactalis Groupe
  • HiPP
  • Nutriset
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Humana Italia SPA
  • Farmaè
  • O.F.I. OFFICINA FARMACEUTICA ITALIANA SPA
  • COOPERATIVA ESERCENTI FARMACIA SOC. COOP. A R.L. CON SIGLA CEF
  • Pulker Farma Parafarmacie
  • Carrefour Italia
  • Esselunga s.p.a
  • Coop
  • Conad
The Flavoured Water Market | France - France

Other companies mentioned:

  • Alma Sources (Groupe Alma - Neptune)
  • Danone Groupe
  • Nestlé Waters
  • Cristaline
The organic yogurt market - France

Other companies mentioned:

  • Puffy's
  • Auchan Hypermarches
  • Les 2 vaches (Danone)
  • Nestlé Groupe
  • Danone Groupe
  • Biocoop
  • Yoplait France (Sodiaal Groupe)
  • Naturalia
  • Yogourmand - Yeo Frais - Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin
  • Soignon (Eurial)
  • Pechalou Laiterie
  • LaÏta Coopérative - Mamie Nova
  • Sill Entreprises Malo
  • Le Petit Basque (Groupe Sill)
  • Laiterie du Périgord Péchalou
  • Candia (Sodiaal)
  • Activia (Danone Groupe)

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