The FIA Council is pleased to welcome Danone as a Premium Member of FIA, bringing the organisation’s membership to 21 companies.
Committed to its mission of bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a well-established multinational corporation with more than 190 production plants globally and an estimated 102,000 employees world-wide.
The group operates four business lines: Fresh Dairy Products, Waters, Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition – and is known for major brands such as Activia, Evian, Aqua, Dumex and Neocate. Underpinning these four business lines is Danone’s vision of contributing to healthy living as it seeks to “anticipate food needs, reveal the inexhaustible benefits of food, and allow everyone to strengthen their overall health over time”.
Danone will be represented on the FIA Council by Mr Bernard Ducros, the General Manager for Danone Waters Asia.
“We are delighted to join FIA and look forward to collaborating with other members on key credibility issues for our industry,” he said.
Danone has a well-established business in Asia, supplying its range of products to 10 countries across the region. The Group’s key regional markets are China and Indonesia, which ranked fourth and sixth respectively in terms of contribution to group sales in 2012.
“Danone plays a leading role in other industry organisations around the world and we look forward to being part of FIA’s important network. With Asia’s fast-growing populations and emerging middle class, this is a very important region for our company. We look forward to working alongside FIA’s other members to develop solutions for critical issues, such as improving access to safe, nutritious food,” added Mr Ducros.
Welcoming Danone to FIA, Executive Director, Bev Postma noted the value that the group will bring to FIA.
“With its focus on innovation and strong regional presence, Danone brings additional insight and expertise to FIA’s already robust membership. We look forward to working with Danone’s experts to tackle health and nutrition, food safety and trade challenges.
“FIA has already benefitted from Danone’s input on critical non-competitive issues and we look forward to its further contribution as a premium FIA member,” she said.
Generating sales of over €20 billion, more than 50 per cent of which is in emerging countries, Danone is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, ASPI Eurozone and the Ethibel Sustainability Index.
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