Danone sold the unit in mid-March

Danone sold the unit in mid-March

Danone has confirmed that its JV with Chiquita Brands International, Danone Chiquita Fruits, has sold its smoothie operations to German fruit company Gebruder Bagusat.

The deal took place in mid-March and excluded operations in France, where production has been stopped, a Danone spokesperson told just-drinks today (3 April). No financial details have been released.

The deal follows reports in French media in January that Danone Chiquita Fruits was hoping to offload the business to Bagusat. 

Danone, which has a 51% stake in Danone Chiquita Fruits, formed the JV with US firm Chiquita in 2010 to market fruit-based drinks for the European market. The products were based on Chiquita’s Just Fruit in a Bottle drinks.

The spokesperson said the JV still exists but has “no commercial activity”.

Chiquita did not respond to a request for comment.