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The Dannon Company Receives Focus on the Future Humanitarian Award

Submitted by: Dannon Company, The

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Ratings & Awards

Posted: Jan 22, 2008 – 10:30 PM EST


Virgo Publishing honors Dannon for its childhood nutrition education programs

WHITE PLAINS, NY - January 22, 2008 - The Dannon Company, Inc. today received Virgo Publishing's Focus on the Future Humanitarian Award for its support of the Dannon Institute. Virgo Publishing recognized The Dannon Company for its support of the Dannon Institute and its contributions to nutrition education over the past ten years.

"This award is truly an honor for The Dannon Company and the leaders in the nutrition community who have created the Dannon Institute and its programs," said Gayle Binney, Manager, Corporate Responsibility for The Dannon Company and Manager of the Dannon Institute. "Dannon supports initiatives like the Dannon Institute to invest in today's children and future generations and to help them understand the value of making good nutrition and exercise a part of their lives from early on."

The Dannon Institute is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of nutrition. Created in 1997, it was established by The Dannon Company and leaders in the nutrition community to promote research, education and communication about the link between nutrition and good health. Program areas include promoting children's nutrition, especially preschool nutrition education, and fostering the success of tomorrow's leaders in the field of nutrition.

"The Dannon Company was a clear choice for our Humanitarian Award," said Amy Sharman, Marketing and Communications Manager for Virgo Publishing. "We were impressed by The Dannon Company's ten years of support of the Dannon Institute and its nutrition education programs."

The awards were given during Virgo Publishing's Focus on the Future 2008 dinner in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 22, 2008. Virgo Publishing also recognized XanGo for its XanGo Goodness programs with a Humanitarian Award. The Vanguard Award, recognizing leadership that has made an important impact on the dietary supplement or healthy food industry, was awarded to Elliott Balbert and Whole Foods Market.

The Dannon Company also supports childhood nutrition through its Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants, which were launched in 2006 to promote childhood nutrition education. Dannon provides up to $120,000 annually in funding to four non-profit organizations that operate in communities where a Dannon facility is located. Each organization develops a program that nurtures healthy eating habits among children in the community and encourages children to develop life-long habits for good nutrition and exercise.

For information about The Dannon Company, Inc. or the Dannon Institute, go to www.dannon.com or www.dannon-institute.org.

About The Dannon Company, Inc.

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. The company produces and sells approximately 100 different types of flavors, styles and sizes of cultured fresh dairy products. Dannon is owned by Groupe Danone, one of the world's leading producers of packaged foods and beverages, and 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 living. 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.

About Virgo Publishing and Focus on the Future

Phoenix-based Virgo Publishing publishes trade magazine and produces trade shows for a variety of industries. Virgo's Health & Nutrition Division produces the Focus on the Future Conference and Retreat for dietary supplement and healthy food executives. Thought-provoking educational content focusing on identifying opportunities and relationship-building networking are central themes for the event. The official magazines for the conference are Natural Products INSIDER, www.naturalproductsinsider.com, and Food Product Design, www.foodproductdesign.com. More information is available at www.focusonthefuture.net.

For more information, please contact:

Beth Keith Edelman
Phone: (212) 704-4545

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