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Danone Acquires Follow Your Heart Brand

Specialty Food Association

Global food and beverage company Danone will acquire Earth Island, maker of the plant-based Follow Your Heart brand. Follow Your Heart products include dairy-free shredded and sliced plant-based cheese, egg-free mayonnaise brand Vegenaise, plant-based salad dressings, and egg alternative VeganEgg.

With a proven track record of growth and innovation, and a long-term commitment to nutrition, sustainability, and environmental stewardship, Earth Island represents a strong cultural fit with Danone and provides Danone with a unique opportunity to strengthen its plant-based business.

"Our mission has always been to produce the best plant-based food products and to make them available to as many people as possible," said Bob Goldberg, co-founder and CEO of Earth Island, in a statement. "We're very pleased to be joining the Danone family of plant-based companies in a collective effort to bring positive change in the world through the creation of sustainably and responsibly-made foods."

"We are delighted to welcome Follow Your Heart's team to our amazing team at Danone," said Shane Grant, EVP and CEO, Danone North America, in a statement. "The Follow Your Heart family shares our commitment to producing high-quality products that delight consumers while contributing to the wellbeing of people and planet. Consumers are increasingly eating flexitarian diets, and we look forward to working with the Follow Your Heart team to offer our consumers even more choices. This partnership will build on our success in plant-based beverages, yogurt alternatives, and creamers, further accelerating the growth of our North American plant-based business."

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