Consolidated sales stood at €5,464 million, up 0.7%. Fresh Dairy Products €2,741 million up 2.4%.
In Europe, sales continued to be impacted by difficult market conditions and Activia’s performance. As announced in February, there will be new product launches in Activia’s range.
Danone and WhiteWave combine their activities for North America to operate as a Strategic Business Unit, named “DanoneWave”. As previously disclosed, the combination will include Danone Dairy’s and WhiteWave’s current North American businesses under the leadership of Lorna Davis, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the combined entity.
Danone will acquire WhiteWave for approximately USD 12.5 billion.
WhiteWave, which generated USD 4 billion in sales in 2015 and whose portfolio includes leading brands in the Premium Organic Dairy, non-GMO, Plant-based alternatives to milk & yogurt, Fresh Foods, and Coffee Creamers categories, represents a key opportunity for further growth for Danone and enable the French firm to build a stronger North American presence.
Together, WhiteWave and Danone plan to create an industry leader strongly aligned with consumer trends for healthier and sustainable eating and drinking options. The transaction is expected to result in approximately USD 300 million of EBIT synergies by 2020.