Strategy & Key Figures
People have varying nutritional needs at different stages of life, from birth until old age; these can be specific nutritional requirements at different moments of their lives, depending on their age or particular health situations.
Danone aims to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking choices, including for those who have specific nutritional needs. Specialized nutrition is an essential part of delivering our mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible and fulfilling our ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision to life.
Delivering our ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision
Pioneering people-centric innovations grounded in science for those who have specific nutritional needs
People-centric innovation is at the heart of what we do. We draw on our specialized nutrition research capabilities as well as our expertise as a food company to develop innovative products that support people’s specific nutritional needs. We also go beyond products by providing support and care, which is an important part of our work to improve their quality of life.
Our strategy in action
We offer a range of nutritional solutions for babies and young children who might be at risk of or have been diagnosed with moderate to severe cow’s milk allergy. Our products are backed by clinical evidence and include our patented blends of synbiotics that help support these children’s gut health.
We understand that daily life caring for a child with severe cow’s milk allergy can be daunting. That is why we have introduced support programs for parents and carers, for example in the USA, where we introduced Neocate Footsteps. This is a comprehensive program that offers parents of young patients practical information such as help with insurance reimbursement, allergy-friendly recipes and informational videos, as well as access to nutrition specialists, community support via social channels and food allergy education resources.
Partnering within communities and healthcare ecosystems to deliver the right nutrition and care at the right time
We operate across the globe and we know that every country, culture and community is different.
We work to impact health locally, based on our understanding of local health needs and by building partnerships for better health within the local communities and healthcare ecosystems in which we are active.
Whether it’s working with local government and NGOs to create an early childhood care center in Argentina, or collaborating with patient associations and healthcare insurers in the Netherlands to support better care for cancer patients, we are constantly looking for new ways to support better health for people and communities in a transparent way.
Our strategy in action
We provide nutritional products and feeding devices enabling tube feeding for patients who can no longer eat or swallow. Our support begins when a patient is ready to be discharged from hospital and continues at home, for example in the UK where our Nutricia Homeward service has been helping people to tube feed with confidence at home for over 20 years.
Preserving the planet for future generations
We believe that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected; this is why we strive to deliver specialized nutrition in the most sustainable way possible. We constantly work to protect the health of our planet even as we support more people to achieve better health through specialized nutrition.
We do this by partnering with farmers to source the best quality ingredients especially grown for little ones and produced with respect for nature. We are also committed to research and innovation to develop more sustainable packaging innovations that are user-friendly and help to reduce our environmental footprint.
And as we work to meet the specific nutritional needs of people around the world, we continuously invest to ensure the sustainability of our network of production facilities
Our strategy in action
We recently announced a NZ$40 million (approximately €25 million) investment in our Nutricia spray drying plant in Balclutha, New Zealand, to install a state-of-the-art biomass boiler that will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes per year. The biomass boiler helping to convert the milk into powder will be powered by sustainable wood fuels, which will be sourced locally, also delivering a positive economic impact.
The plant already processes raw milk sourced from 18 local farms in the Otago region (NZ South Island) into powder that is used as the base of production for our leading baby formula brands including Aptamil and Karicare.