Danone Acquires Happy Family, One of the Fastest-Growing Premium Organic Baby Food Companies in the US
Paris, - -Danone announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire an equity interest of over 90% in Happy Family, the fourth largest contender in the US baby food market.
Launched in 2006, Happy Family is one of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the US baby food sector, where it holds over 4% of the market. Its gross dollars and strong growth is expected in 2013. Specializing in products made with premium organic ingredients, Happy Family has been a driver in the baby food category’s growth over the past few years. Its robust development is driven by a wide and varied range of products that combine convenience with clearly defined nutritional benefits.
“We are delighted with this acquisition in an innovative and fast-moving segment of the baby food market. Building on a business model that has proven its effectiveness, we plan to step up the development of Happy Family and its brands,” said Felix Martin Garcia, Executive Vice-President of the Danone Baby Nutrition division.
“By joining Danone, Happy Family will benefit from the expertise of a major international group, in particular for distribution and its renowned R&D capabilities. We are thrilled, as this agreement will allow us to further our goal of providing organic nutrition to more children, both by making our products more available and by continuing to provide new innovations to the baby and toddler category”, said Shazi Visram, founder and CEO of Happy Family.
The transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant authorities and is expected to be finalized in the next few months.
Danone is an international company present on five continents. The group holds top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Baby Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Danone has more than 190 production plants and around 102,000 employees. In 2012, the company generated sales of over €20 billion, of which more than 50% were in emerging countries. Listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, ASPI Eurozone and the Ethibel Sustainability Index.
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