Dutch Mill enters into Strategic Partnership with Groupe Danone
Dutch Mill Group enters into a strategic partnership with Groupe Danone to offer innovative dairy products with high-added value to the Thai consumer.
Dutch Mill, as a leader of the Thai Dairy Industry and one of the fastest growing and largest manufacturers of high-quality dairy products in South East Asia, will combine its world-class manufacturing, marketing and distribution network with Groupe Danone to remain in the forefront of innovation.
Commenting on this strategic partnership, Yol Phokasub, Chief Operating Officer of Dutch Mill Group, stated: “We are very delighted to team up with Groupe DANONE. With an average per capita consumption of 4 kilos per year and a high interest shown by urban consumers in the health benefits of dairy products we will have a tremendous opportunity to provide innovative dairy products to the Thai consumers. Thanks to DANONE’s technical and R&D capabilities, we expect to shorten the time-to-market for value added products and thus contribute positively to improve the Thai dairy industry”.
Commenting on this move, Bernard Hours, Danone VP for Global Fresh dairy products, stated: "Groupe DANONE wants to quickly develop Danone brand in countries where it is not present yet, and in this context, Thailand is a high potential market. This partnership, of which we are very honour and proud of, will allow Groupe DANONE to benefit from the market knowledge of Dutch Mill and its distribution channels in the region”.
About Dutch Mill Dutch Mill Co., Ltd. is a member of the exclusively Thai-owned Dutch Mill Group of companies. The group’s impressive history can be traced back several decades when premium yogurt and drinking yogurt products were introduced under the Dutch Mill brand. Today, the group’s range of products includes Dutchie Yogurt, Dutch Mill Drinking Yogurt & Milk, Dna Soy Milk, Valencia Fruit Juice, etc… With sales in excess of 300 million USD, Dutch Mill Group, one of the leading manufacturers of dairy products in Thailand, also exports to ASEAN countries.
About Groupe DANONE With around EUR 13 billion of total sales in 2005, Groupe DANONE is the world leader in fresh dairy products and bottled water (in volume terms), and nฐ2 in the biscuit market worldwide.
In fresh dairy products, Groupe DANONE posted sales of EUR 7.2 billion with strong positions in Western Europe (nฐ1 in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Belgium), in Eastern Europe (nฐ1 in Poland Czech, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria), in North America (nฐ1 in United States), in Latin America (nฐ1 in Argentina and Brazil),
in North Africa and Middle-East (nฐ1 en Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey).
Two leading makers of dairy products, Thai-owned Dutch Mill Group and France-based Groupe Danone, entered into a strategic partnership yesterday to offer innovative, high value-added dairy products to consumers here.
The agreement will allow Dutch Mill to combine its world-class manufacturing, marketing and distribution network with Danone Dairy Thailand. It will also enhance the two companies' competitiveness so they can stand at the forefront of innovation.
Dutch Mill said the average per capita consumption of four kilos per year and the high interest shown by urban consumers in the health benefits of dairy products in the domestic market offered promising scope for growth.
Dutch Mill is well-known as one of the fastest growing and largest manufacturers of high-quality dairy products, serving the demands of both local and international consumers.
Danone Dairy Thailand will combine its technical and marketing skills with Dutch Mill's world-class manufacturing and distribution network to enter the Thai market.
"Groupe Danone wants to quickly develop the Danone brand in countries where it is not present yet, and in this context, Thailand is a high-potential market," said Bernard Hours, vice president for fresh dairy products.
"This partnership, which we are very proud of, will allow Groupe Danone to benefit from the market knowledge of Dutch Mill and its distribution channels in the region," he said.