|THE DANNON COMPANY AND DANONE IN CANADA RECOGNIZE BUSINESS PARTERS WITH SUPPLIERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS|
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - February 6, 2009
The Dannon Company and Danone, Inc. (Canada) hosted several business partners to award the second annual Dannon/Danone Supplier of the Year Awards. A total of seven awards were bestowed for excellence in the categories of:
• Goods & Services Marketing & Sales to MPG (www.mediaplanning.com),
• Goods & Services Operations to Exel Logistics (www.exel.com),
• Raw Materials and Packaging to Dairy Farmers of America (www.dfamilk.com),
• Capital Investment to Wagner-Meinert, Inc. (www.wagner-meinert.com),
• Best in Quality to Kaufman Engineered Systems, Inc. (www.kaufmanengsys.com),
• Most Improved to Entreposage et Distribution Robert (www.robert.ca), and
• The Overall Supplier of the Year to Chr. Hansen (www.chr-hansen.com).
"It is the philosophy of Danone and Dannon that the Sourcing and Supplier Development teams enhance the relationship with our business partners," said Paul Gardner, Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Development for The Dannon Company. Gardner's team also supports Danone in Canada. "Rather than examining only cost or the transactional value of our relationships, we look at total value creation. We know that innovative solutions will come not only from within Dannon or Groupe Danone but also externally via our business partners. Through closer working relationships and by recognizing the contribution of our partners it is an ongoing evolution of the traditional purchasing function."
Suppliers were assessed on a number of criteria including improvements in environmental sustainability, quality and safety, improvements in cost, accelerating 'time to market' of new or renovated products, boosts to innovation, protection of competitive advantage, and the demonstration of shared values in the relationship with Dannon and Danone.
Nominees for the Awards were evaluated by cross-functional taskforce at Dannon and Danone and the final selection of Award winners was made by the company's Executive Committee.
"We have tremendous respect for our business partners and are grateful for the contributions they make to our success," said Paul Gardner, Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Development for The Dannon Company and Danone.
The Supplier of the Year Awards is representative of Dannon's and Danone Canada's progressive thinking to reward business partners beyond a traditional, transactional dollar-based methodology.
About The Dannon Company
The Dannon Company is America's founding national yogurt company and continually leverages its expertise to develop and market innovative cultured fresh dairy products in the United States. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon has plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, and West Jordan, UT and produces approximately 100 different types of flavors, styles and sizes of cultured fresh dairy products. Dannon is a subsidiary of Groupe Danone, one of the world's leading producers of packaged foods and beverages. Groupe Danone's mission is to bring health through tasty, nutritious and affordable food and beverage products to as many people as possible. Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt products worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone.
With a strong commitment to high-quality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products, The Dannon Company is committed to encouraging healthy eating and healthy living. Groupe Danone is a recognized leader for its contributions to nutrition and health and was ranked best in class in a 2008 JPMorgan & Insight Investment study about the response of the world's largest food companies to obesity and health-related concerns. This commitment is also illustrated through The Dannon Company's support of the Dannon Institute, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting research, education, and communication about the links between nutrition, diet and health. For more information, please visit www.dannon.com.
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