Danone upbeat amid talk of water disposal

FRENCH food group Danone gave a confident outlook for 2012 yesterday and said its water business was “still strategic”, playing down a report it was in talks on a disposal.

The world’s largest yoghurt maker, whose brands include Actimel and Activia, said it was positive for next year on the back of robust growth in emerging markets.

Finance chief Pierre-Andre Terisse declined comment on a report Danone was in talks with Japan’s Suntory Holdings to sell water assets.