Chr. Hansen Selected as Supplier of the Year

US-based Dannon Company and Danone in Canada have recognized Chr. Hansen with the Overall Supplier of the Year Award for excellent performance.

Suppliers were assessed on a number of criteria including improvements in environmental sustainability, quality and safety, improvements in cost, accelerating ‘time to market’ of new or renovated products, boosts to innovation, protection of competitive advantage, and the demonstration of shared values in the relationship with Dannon/Danone.

Creating value together
“It is the philosophy of Danone and Dannon that the Sourcing and Supplier Development teams enhance the relationship with our business partners,” said Paul Gardner, Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Development for The Dannon Company. Gardner’s team also supports Danone in Canada.

“Rather than examining only cost or the transactional value of our relationships, we look at total value creation. We know that innovative solutions will come not only from within Dannon or Groupe Danone but also externally via our business partners and we are grateful for the contributions they make to our success,” he added.

David Carpenter, Regional Vice President for Chr. Hansen North America, proudly accepted the award on behalf of the entire Chr. Hansen organization at the awards luncheon and presentation in Tarrytown, NY on March 19, 2009.

“The receipt of the award is as a result of global team work between not only Chr. Hansen employees, but more importantly between the Dannon and Chr. Hansen organizations. We are proud and honored to receive this recognition,” he stated.

Longstanding business relationship
It is the second year in a row that Chr. Hansen is presented a supplier award from the Dannon Company.

Only in September last fall Chr. Hansen received a Special Global Partner Award from Danone recognizing the leading ingredients company as a highly valued partner of strategic importance for more than 25 years.

About The Dannon Company
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 and produces approximately 100 different types of flavors, styles and sizes of cultured fresh dairy products.

Dannon is a subsidiary of Groupe Danone, one of the world’s leading producers of packaged foods and beverages. Groupe Danone’s mission is to bring health through tasty, nutritious and affordable food and beverage products to as many people as possible. Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt products worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone.

About Chr. Hansen
Chr. Hansen is a global biotechnology company that provides natural ingredients to the food, dairy, human health and nutrition, and animal health industries. The company is a leading supplier of food cultures, probiotics, enzymes, colors, functional blends, which are applied in foods and beverages, dietary supplements, and agricultural products. For more information, please visit

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