Our history

Danone is a food and drinks company, selling essential dairy and plant based, waters and specialised nutrition products, with brands such as Activia, Actimel, evian, Volvic, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Danone is dedicated to bringing health through food and drink to as many people as possible.

Danone aims to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices, in line with the vision - Danone, One Planet. One Health. This is brought to life both through branded products (for example Activia, evian, Cow & Gate, Complan), and unbranded education programmes, such as Eat Like A Champ.

Given the pressing social issue of poor nutrition and growing childhood obesity in the UK alongside the climate emergency and the challenges of our global food system, Danone believe that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected and they have a role to play in championing healthy, sustainable lifestyles as part of fulfilling their corporate mission.

Our history

The Danone brand was born almost 100 years ago when Isaac Carasso developed a new type of yoghurt, to improve health, in his native Spain and named it after his son Daniel, or Danone in catalan.

Moving the business to France in 1929, Daniel merged Danone with BSN in 1973 and so became a key player in the European health food industry with market leading products including Activia, evian, Volvic and Actimel.

Throughout this spectacular growth Danone never lost sight of their primary mission to bring health through food and beverages to a maximum number of people, or their understanding that, as quoted in 1972 by their CEO Antoine Riboud “the responsibility of a company does not stop at the factory gates or the office door”.

Danone continue to develop ideas and projects that help communities across the UK understand and embrace healthy nutritional choices.

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