The Russian government has announced that it is taking control of the Russian subsidiary of global food company Danone.

In an order signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (Sunday, July 16), the government said that Danone’s operation will be taken under the temporary management of the state property agency, Rosimushchestvo.

Russia said that it is also taking control of the operations of beer company Carlsberg.

The move is part of Moscow’s response to a raft of international companies deciding to halt their operations in the country, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.


In a statement, Danone said that it has “taken note” of the decision of the Russian government.

The Paris-headquartered global food and beverage group added that it is “currently investigating the situation”.

In October 2022, Danone announced that it was selling its business in Russia and this was “progressing according to the expected schedule”.

“Danone is preparing to take all necessary measures to protect its rights as shareholder of
Danone Russia, and the continuity of the operations of the business in the interest of all
stakeholders, in particular its employees.

“This decision has no impact on Danone’s financial guidance for 2023,” the statement added.

In April, the company raised its forecasted sales growth for 2023 following a “strong start” to the year.

The group recorded net sales of €6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2023, a 10.5% like-for-like increase on the same period the previous year.

The result was driven by a 10.3% jump in prices, along with a 0.2% increase in volume/mix.

Danone, which has brands including Activia yoghurt, Evian water and Alpro, said this means that like-for-like sales growth is now expected of between 4-6%, compared to the 3-5% previously announced.