The Dannon Company Announces Second Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program

  The Dannon Company Announces Second Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program

 Scholarship Will Aid Winning Student’s Academic Exploration in the Field of
                            Yogurt and Probiotics

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- January 29, 2013

The Dannon Company announced today the launch and expansion of the second
Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program to promote the education of a
student who shows a strong interest in the research of nutritional and
functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics. Building on the success of last
year’s inaugural program, the company will award a scholarship of $25,000 to
an incoming or current graduate student.

“The Dannon Company is thrilled with the success of last year’s Fellowship
Program,” said Dr. Miguel Freitas, Director of Health Affairs at The Dannon
Company. “This year, we’ve expanded the program to include a focus on the
nutritional benefits of yogurt, which will encourage applications from a
broader group and facilitate research and education on nutrition and yogurt in
addition to probiotics. The expansion of the Fellowship Program is aligned
with Dannon’s focus as a leader in the Yogurt and Probiotics category, and we
are proud to support the future generations of researchers and scientists in
this evolving and exciting field.”

“Research continues to show the benefits of yogurt, which can contain
probiotics and deliver important nutrients including protein, calcium and
vitamin D,” said Keri Glassman, nationally recognized dietitian, founder and
president of Nutritious Life, and one of the jury members that will award this
year’s fellowship. “The Dannon Probiotics and Yogurt Fellow Program provides
an invaluable opportunity for students to further that research and
demonstrates Dannon’s commitment to advancing the science of yogurt and

Last year’s fellowship was awarded to Nicholas Bokulich from the University of
California, Davis, who used the scholarship to further his interest and
studies on the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria in
the human diet.

Scholarship applications are currently being accepted, and must be submitted
by April 15, 2013 to be considered. The winning applicant will be determined
by a cross-functional panel of experts specializing in the field of yogurt,
probiotics, and nutrition. The application and full scholarship details are
available at

About the Dannon Probiotics and Yogurt Fellow Program

To qualify for the Dannon Probiotics and Yogurt Fellow Program, individuals
must be currently enrolled in or applying to a full-time graduate program.
Only incoming or current graduate students will be considered. Applicants must
be 18 years of age or older, show proof of US residence and be able to utilize
the scholarship funds for the 2013-2014 academic year at an accredited U.S.
institution. Applicants will be required to submit an application package,
including but not limited to a personal essay, recommendations from two
professors, and proof of good academic standing. The application and full
scholarship details are available at

One winner will be selected by an expert judging panel. The Dannon Company
will not provide the scholarship recipient a check, but will instead work
directly with the individual’s graduate school finance department to credit
$25,000 either for tuition, or research related projects or as otherwise
allocated at The Dannon Company’s discretion.

About The Dannon Company, Inc.

Headquartered in White Plains, New York, The Dannon Company, Inc. has plants
in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT, and Portland, OR, which make
more than 200 different flavors, styles and sizes of cultured refrigerated and
frozen dairy products to serve its retail and foodservice customers. Dannon
brings health through food to as many people as possible via its diverse
offering of delicious and wholesome fresh and frozen yogurts.

Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of
yogurt worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. Dannon’s commitment
to health is also illustrated through the support of the Dannon Institute, a
non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting research, education, and
communication about the links between nutrition, diet and health.

Danone is one of the fastest-growing food companies in the world. Its mission
is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. The company,
whose products are sold on five continents, has more than 180 production
plants and around 100,000 employees. In 2011, Danone generated sales of €19
billion, of which more than half were in emerging markets. The company holds
top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products,
Baby Nutrition, Bottled Water, and Medical Nutrition. Listed on Euronext
Paris, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes
including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, ASPI Eurozone and the Ethibel
Sustainability Index.

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