To address a lasting downturn in the European economy and consumer trends that have led to a significant decline in its sales in the region, Danone is preparing a cost reduction and adaptation plan to win back its competitive edge.
The plan will be deployed over two years and is aimed at adjusting costs to this new context and generating savings of around €200 million in Europe. It will seek to reduce general and administrative costs for the group and its European subsidiaries, and adapt management organization in Europe, which was designed for a growth environment.
Combined with ongoing productivity programs, this plan will free up resources to make Danone products and brands more competitive.
At organizational level, the plan will address management structures and support functions. It will be based on voluntary measures and internal mobility will be the priority. This project will be submitted to Works Councils by March 2013.