France: Danone invests 43 million € in Villecomtal-sur-Arros site

In France, the private dairy Danone will invest in 2022 43 million euro in the Villecomtal-sur-Arros site in the southern department Gers to change this from milk processing to the production of vegetable (UHT) drinks, mainly based on oats for the Alpro brand. Alpro is owned by Danone. This year (2021) Danone (Alpro) invested 16.5 million euros in the Alpro site in Issenheim in the northern department Bas-Rhin. According to Danone, the plant food market has tripled in the past seven years and is expected to grow further 50 percent by 2025 in France. With this project, Danone plans to increase the production capacity of UHT vegetable drinks of + 25 percent by 2024 in France. The around 200 dairy farmers that current deliver milk to the Villecomtal-sur-Arros plant have to look for another dairy that will pick up their milk.

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