As one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in the world, DANONE operates in four main sectors: early life nutrition, dairy products, waters, and medical nutrition.
With over 100,000 staff all over the world and nearly a century of brilliant experience, DANONE strives to take a major step toward its global mission of “Bringing health through food to as many people as possible”.
1896

In 1896, according to a study by the German Professor Backhaus on the artificial production of human milk, the NUTRICIA Research Group in the city of Zoetermeer in Netherlands began its activity, and Dr. Jan van der Hagen and his brother Martin were able to develop the first formula for infant milk product.
Initially, the company specialized in the production of infant formula, and a fully equipped laboratory for the production of infant formula was established in order to find the needed nutrients for infants by considering their differences with each other.

1905

In 1905, according to the results of NUTRICIA’s research, the first Medical Nutrition was produced. In this plan, low-sugar milk was produced for diabetics, and for people with goiter (due to iodine deficiency in the diet leading to enlargement of the thyroid gland), iodine milk was produced as well.

1919

In the early 19th century, Isaac Carasso, with the observation of intestinal infection in Spanish children and according to the research of Pasteur Institute and the effects of fermentation on digestion decided to offer a product to market which was “yogurt” that was famous in Eastern Europe for its numerous health benefits. He registered the DANONE brand in 1919 after his son’s name. From the beginning, commitment to healthy nutrition production was put first on the agenda of DANONE Company.

1923

In 1923, the first nutrition guidelines for infants and patients were formed based on NUTRICIA researches.

1929

The first DANONE retail branch was opened in Paris in 1929, and the first slogan of the company with the health and pleasure orientation was introduced: “Delicious and healthy, DANONE yogurt is the right dessert for happy, healthy digestion.”

1941

In 1941, DANONE founder began investing in a dairy related business in the United States, and in 1942 founded the DANONE Milk Products Company.

1946

Over time, NUTRICIA led his research approach to improve food, and the first specialized research center was born.

1950

In 1950, nutritionists joined DANONE NUTRICIA to provide accurate medical information for doctors and nurses.

1966

In 1966, Antoine Riboud set up BSN by integrating two companies active in the production of glass bottles.

1970

In 1970, BSN having acquired several companies (including Evian), became the largest producer of baby food and beverages.

1972

In 1972, Antoine Riboud redefined business leadership in a historical speech and presented a different approach to management, taking into account social responsibilities. It was for the first time that an employer also looked at the humanitarian aspect of a business, and here DANONE merged his social responsibility for the health of the community with a commitment to success in its business.

1972

At the end of 1972, the two BSN and DANONE companies announced their partnership, and by merging the two companies, a new giant was born in the food industry.

1990

In the 1990s, the SHS specialized companies in England and Milupa in Germany merged with NUTRICIA. In this way, NUTRICIA also specialized in hereditary metabolic disturbances and severe allergies to cow’s milk. At this time, the NUTRICIA Company, in collaboration with the British Cow & Gate Baby Food Company, continued its activities under the name of NUMICO.

1997

The NUTRICIA Research Center was founded in Wageningen in 1997.

2007

NUMICO Company joined DANONE in 2007.

2013

In 2013, the NUTRICIA Innovation Center was transferred to the Utrecht Science and Technology Park.

DANONE: Unique

Acting on health plans

We have formed our beliefs based on action, adopting sustainable environmental processes, and supporting the needs of people in each country through the definition of health plans.

DANONE executive policy

The quality and healthiness of our food are our top priority in DANONE. That’s why DANONE’s stringent policies are being implemented at all stages of the production process, and all staff is expected to help us achieve the highest standards.

Commitment to science and technology

In the DANONE Company, we have improved the lives of millions around the world since 1896, and we are proud of it. Also, with the inspiration from the founders of this company, we have always placed our commitment to science first.

Benefiting from experienced professionals

Nutrition specialists joined the DANONE team in order to overcome worldwide health challenges who have a special insight into innovation toward DANONE’s new line of products. That’s why science and awareness always lie at the heart of our products.

Sustainable research and development


DANONE’s worldwide reputation is due to the presence of scientists, knowledge-based products, and many other special features. With over 35 advanced research centers in Europe, North America, Asia, and Latin America, DANONE has always been working to develop suitable ingredients in its products to meet the nutritional requirements.


DANONE, with over 40 years of research on breastfeeding and nursing a baby, has significantly helped parents, doctors, and specialists.

Promoting health; preserving the environment

Our goal is not just to increase sales but also to create healthy eating and drinking habits for all people in more than 130 countries in the world. In 1972, DANONE presented a new model that was a combination of business with social responsibility. not only do we think about promoting people’s health but also assume protecting our environment as one of our main priorities.

Bringing health through healthy food

Our slogan at DANONE is to bringing health through food. In this regard, we strive to ensure that all people, at any age, in every social and cultural environment, and in every part of the world, benefit the most from our work. That is why that all our business is turning around health issue: from dairy products to water to baby food and medical nutrition.

Exclusive products for each country

DANONE products are produced in each country according to the needs, culture, and lifestyle of that country. DANONE believes that its products should be approved not only in terms of their scientific and medical properties but also in terms of taste and compatibility with the nature of the people. Because a healthy diet should be a source of pleasure and happiness so that it can lead to a better and healthier future for everyone.

Synchronous with state of art technology

In order to produce quality products, DANONE Research Center has always been active in collaboration with experts in the field of technology, nutrition science, and other expertise. Having a multi-disciplinary knowledge has enabled us to build our new products based on modern science and advanced technologies. The DANONE team of experts, in collaboration with doctors and specialists, offers the most quality and effective products to meet the needs of different people.

Learn more about DANONE Research and Development Unit

Healthier tomorrow with the help of one another

We can always choose for ourselves or our children a healthy food or beverage, a choice that will shape our future.
Today, the global food system is not necessarily healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. The expansion of societies is fraught with food challenges, improved livelihoods, and the protection of the environment, and our goal is to help address these challenges. We believe healthy food production contributes to environmental sustainability and creates a healthier tomorrow for people around the world. In order to turn this belief into reality, with possessing a team of hundred thousand employees, we try hard to always be a top-notch health and nutrition company.

Based on DANONE’s mission and the manifesto, we pursue three goals with a focus on sustainable development:

  • Better Nutrition: Our goal in this area is to support healthier eating and drinking habits from both the social and cultural aspects.
  • Better Life: Every day, our business affects the lives of millions of people, from employees and consumers to farmers and suppliers. Our approach in this area is to have a positive impact on the lives of each person whom we work with and for.
  • Better World: Healthy food begins with a healthy nature. Our goals in this area are environmental harm-free agriculture, a healthier cycle of clean water without the creation of harmful gases and environmentally recyclable packaging. DANONE alone cannot achieve these goals. Therefore, we always interact with our local partners to choose the best solutions.

We know that food is a cultural issue, different communities have their own needs, and ecosystems are completely unique. Therefore, we manage our programs in such a way that we can respond to the different needs of people anywhere and with any taste.

Join us to build a healthy tomorrow through healthy nutrition.
Better World
Better Life
Better Nutrition