French dairy company Danone has transferred part of its production in Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast to its plant in Poltava Oblast, the Ekonomichna Pravda (Economic Truth) business newspaper reported on July 5, with reference to the company.
It said that thanks to the relocation of production, the company resumed manufacturing of yoghurt products such as Activia, Danone and Rastishka. In Kherson, the roof of the company’s administrative building and several fermentation tanks were partially damaged as a result of hostilities.
The plant in Kherson Oblast suspended work back in February.
So far, the company is not aware about the occupation authorities' attempts to resume production, but such a scenario is "being considered."
In particular, the invaders recently sent a request to the company as to whether it intends to resume production at the plant.
"We answered quite clearly that the company has no plans to resume production in the conditions of war and occupation of the city," the company said.
It is noted that if the plant is partially put into operation by the temporary occupation administration, Danone Ukraine will not be responsible for its output.
Before the war, the company's Kherson plant employed about 400 workers. The plant also provided orders to related enterprises, which supported another 1,500 jobs in the region.
The plant specialized in the production of dairy products and manufactured products under the brands Activia, Danone, Rastishka, Aktual, Danissimo, and more.
Danone announced in April that it had no plans to leave the Russian market, despite the war.
The Danone group in Russia includes 16 enterprises. Its portfolio of brands includes Activia, Prostokvashino, Tema, Rastishka, etc.
The company earned about 5% of total sales in Russia and less than 1% in Ukraine in 2021.