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Danone plans growth in India

This article was originally published in Foodnews

DAIRY group Danone has revealed its plans for expansion within the Indian market. The French firm already has yogurt, curd and smoothie lines in Pune and Mumbai but is now turning its attention to Hyderabad, the country's sixth-largest city. Adam Sharpe writes: Sudip Dasgupta, Danone's chief financial officer, told The Business Standard that the firm must improve its cold-chain distribution network in order to be successful in the market. "We are particular on delivering a good product and have been working on getting this supply chain in place. It is not easy to go pan-India unless we have this in place," he said. According to figures from Danone Dairy India, the country's per-capita consumption of yogurt and curd products is just 0.5kg, compared with 30kg in Europe. As a result, India presents "immense opportunities" for market growth and Danone is charting out plans for a range of new products in the near future, Dasgupta said. Danone reported global revenues of around EUR20 billion (USD28.8 billion) in the last financial year.

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