Yes, it is curdled milk with bacteria and with a bit of jam, but yogurt by Dannon has risen from health-food obscurity into a supermarket staple. The Dannon Company vies with General Mills, maker of dairy label Yoplait, for the #1 spot as the best-selling yogurt brand in the US. Dannon supplies a staggering 100-some flavors, styles, and sizes of yogurts, in regular, low-fat, and nonfat varieties, as well as in liquid, "drinkable" and smoothie forms. Dannon also makes Danimals yogurt in kid-friendly packaging; and for moms (and Mr. Moms), it launches a slew of flavorful, nutritious lines, such as Activia, a pro-biotic-infused low-fat yogurt for digestion. Dannon is a subsidiary of France's Groupe Danone.
Evolving, in late 2011 Dannon opened the doors to a new research and development facility, the Dannon Discovery & Innovation Center, built within its headquarters. The $9 million facility is anticipated to accelerate the time between product development and market debut, raising consumer enthusiasm for its innovations. Recent introductions include a French style yogurt in 2011 and a Greek yogurt in 2010. Concurrently, Danone has kept pace with growing yogurt consumption in the US by increasing production at three of Dannon's five plants.
Dannon's products are available throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Its Ohio production plant is the largest yogurt factory in the world, producing 3 million cups of yogurt a day. – less