SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Supplements, Health & Nutrition - Europe US edition | APAC edition

News > Manufacturers

Read more breaking news

 

 

Danone to build R&D centre dedicated to baby and medical nutrition

12-Oct-2010

Danone is poised to establish a new international R&D centre for baby and medical nutrition in The Netherlands after signing an agreement to purchase land on Utrecht Science Park.

Danone is poised to establish a new international R&D centre for baby and medical nutrition in The Netherlands after signing an agreement to purchase land on Utrecht Science Park.

Since entering the market with the acquisition of Numico in 2007, Danone has seen turnover from its baby nutrition and medical nutrition activities grow. In 2009 they accounted for 20 per cent and 6 per cent of the group’s almost €15bn turnover, growing 8 per cent and 11 per cent on the previous year.

The global food firm’s plan to build a new centre as a base for international research and innovation is billed as the next step in its evolving specialised nutrition strategy. R&D in this area is currently split between locations in The Netherlands, Germany and the UK, but when the new centre is complete in 2012 at least 400 employees will transfer there.

The new site is said to have room for these activities to grow. The agreement for the land purchase was signed on Friday.

The company has not unveiled the budget for the new centre, nor details of the facilities and equipment it will house. It has determined that it will be constructed in adherence with sustainability principles, however. It has teamed up with sustainable property development OVG.

“OVG considers Danone’s new centre on the Utrecht Science Park to represent a powerful combination, because of the shared vision regarding innovation and sustainability,” the company said.

Healthy focus

At the time of its Numico acquisition Danone said its focus would remain on dairy, but that nutrition would become the business’ new ‘third pillar’, alongside beverages. The brands that came along with the purchase include brand names Nutricia, Milupa, Cow & Gate and Dumex.

Prior to buying Numico Danone sold its biscuit business to Kraft for €5.3bn. This manoeuvre is a further indication of its commitment to a healthy future.

Related products

Live Supplier Webinars

Polyphenols tipped to become the way to innovate in Sports Nutrition
Fytexia
Alpha & Omega in Sports Nutrition – Using Omega 3’s and A-GPC to improve performance and recovery.
KD Pharma
Orally bioavailable standardized botanical derivatives in sport nutrition: special focus on recovery in post-intense physical activities
Indena
Collagen in motion: move freely and keep your injuries in check
Leading manufacturer of gelatine and collagen peptides
Life’s too short for slow proteins. Whey proteins hydrolysates: Fast delivery for enhanced performance
Arla Foods Ingredients
What it Takes to Compete and Win in Today’s Sports Nutrition Market
Capsugel
Sports Nutrition Snapshot: Key regional drivers and delivery format innovations
William Reed Business Media
Gutsy performance: How can microbiome modulation help athletes and weekend warriors
William Reed Business Media
Pushing the boundaries: Where’s the line between ‘cutting edge nutrition’ and doping
William Reed Business Media

On demand Supplier Webinars

High-amylose maize starch may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes: what does this qualified health claim mean?
Ingredion
Balancing Innovation and Risk in Sports Nutrition Ingredients
NSF-International
Explaining bio-hacking: is there a marketing opportunity for food companies?
William Reed Business Media
Personalized Nutrition – how an industry can take part in shaping the future of Nutrition
BASF Nutrition & Health
Find out Nutritional and ingredient lifecycle solutions and strategies!
Roquette
Is the time rIpe for I-nutrition?
William Reed Business Media
The Advantage of Outsourcing Fermentation-based Manufacturing Processes
Evonik Health Care
All supplier webinars

Promotional Features