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Danone to acquire 25% stake in Yashili for EUR437m

DBR Staff Writer Published 31 October 2014

French dairy major Danone has agreed to acquire 25% stake in Chinese infant formula producer Yashili for €437m.

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The move forms a part of the company's strategy to expand its footprint in China.

Under the agreed terms, China Mengniu Dairy, which is Yashili's majority shareholder, will own 51% stake.

Danone and Mengniu will now work together to grow Yashili and develop a wide range of products that meet the highest standards in the infant formula segment.

The transaction also extends the scope of the strategic alliance in fresh dairy products which was first established in 2013 between Mengniu, Danone and COFCO.

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber said: "Building on our successful cooperation in fresh dairy products, we are today strengthening the winning team formed by Danone and Mengniu by acquiring an equity stake in Yashili -- combining Mengniu's wide-reaching network in China with Danone's international expertise in infant milk products."

Yashili chairman Elaine Sun said: "I am very pleased with this new agreement with Danone, which will facilitate Yashili's expansion in the promising Chinese market for infant milk formula and create new opportunities for the future, offering consumers a wider choice of products that are safe, healthy and of the very highest quality."

The acquisition, which is subject to company's shareholder approval, is expected to be completed over the next few months.


Image: Danone factory in Bierun, Poland. Photo: courtesy of incus.