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China Probes Foreign Infant Formula Makers

Bloomberg News reports that China has opened investigations into foreign milk-powder companies, including Danone and Nestle, for pricing and anti-monopoly violations: The National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s...

Danone Rues Court Trademark Ruling Backing Wahaha

From AP: French dairy maker Group Danone SA said Tuesday it would appeal to higher authorities after a local court ruled that its estranged Chinese joint venture partner owns the popular Wahaha trademark. Danone's statement...

Partners Fight Over Wahaha in China

From The Wall Street Journal: An escalating dispute between Groupe Danone SA and Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co. over China's largest soft-drinks empire looks increasingly as though it could result in a breakup of their 12-year-old...

China’s Dairies Milk The Local Advantages – Richard McGregor

From The Financial Times: When Pan Gang, the chief executive of one of China’s largest dairy companies, attended a top-level meeting of the Communist party in Beijing in October, he complained about the growing role of foreigners in the industry. “Many of the foreign firms are only looking for short-term gain when they come here […]

Danone Sours on China Tie-Ups – James T. Areddy

The Danone Group, a global food-and-drink company whose brand names include Dannon yogurt and Evian water, broke off a deal to partner with Mengniu Dairy Co, one of China’s largest dairy producers. As the Wall Street Journal’s James T. Areddy writes: Groupe Danone SA’s decision to abandon a planned joint venture in China to make […]

Chinese Commission Rules Against Danone in Wahaha Dispute – James T. Areddy

From Wall Street Journal: A Chinese arbitration commission ruled in favor of a Chinese beverage maker on a trademark disagreement with joint-venture partner Groupe Danone SA, the latest legal twist in a closely watched case but one that is unlikely to end the dispute. The Hangzhou Arbitration Commission said the period had lapsed during which […]

A Chinese Executive Wages War with France’s Danone – Wieland Wagner

Spiegel Online looks into the bitter dispute raging between Danone and Wahaha: Western businesspeople are keenly following the case, looking on with a mixture of polite sympathy and hidden schadenfreude as Danone slides into disaster. The multinational food company, which earned revenues of ‚Ǩ14.1 billion ($19.2 billion) in 2006, has since slipped into the role […]

Despite Hiccups, French Business Grows in China – Clara Lee Qian Mei

From Caijing.com.cn: Even as a nasty dispute drags on between France’s foods giant Groupe Danone SA and its Chinese joint venture partner Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co., French business in China continues to grow. Evidence can be found on the membership rolls of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (CCIFC) , which recently […]

Danone Under Pressure to Quit China Venture – Rowan Callick

A story explaining the relationship between Wahaha and Danone- and their eventual falling-out due to “extra-marital affairs”- as a case study for business schools. From The Australian: The first big question facing businesses that want to operate in China is whether they are brave enough or deep-pocketed enough to go it alone, or whether they […]

China’s Bright Dairy Shareholder May Sue Danone Over Multiple Holdings – Forbes

Danone, the French food company which is tussling with China’s largest drinks maker Wahaha over a brand dispute, may meet more setbacks as Bright Dairy & Food, another well-known dairy and drinks company in China, announced it may sue Danone. The Forbes magazine website reports. From Forbes: A shareholder in China’s Bright Dairy & Food […]

Wahaha in Danone Arbitration Move – BBC News

From BBC News: Wahaha , China’s largest drinks maker, is to go to arbitration in a trademark dispute with its French food partner, Danone , over who owns the Wahaha brand. Wahaha is one of China’s best-known brands of bottled water and drinks. Hangzhou Wahaha Group agreed in 1996 to transfer the Wahaha brand to […]

Danone’s China Strategy Is Set Back – James. T. Areddy and Deboah Ball

The Wall Street Journal and The New York times have covered the legal dispute between Wahaha and Danone , and China Law Blog has analyzed this news. From The Wall Street Journal: More than most companies, France’s Groupe Danone SA has trusted homegrown entrepreneurs to spread its food and beverages around the world. But that […]

New Twist in Danone’s China Row – BBC News

From BBC News: China’s largest drinks maker Wahaha, has said it will not accept French firm Danone ‘s choice as the new chairman of the two companies’ joint venture. Escalating a dispute between the two groups, Wahaha’s comments come after its founder Zong Qinghou stood down as boss of Wahaha Joint Ventures. Mr Zong said […]

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