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Dannon Defector to Chobani Ignites Yogurt Trade Secrets Battle

  • Suit shows the competitive side of the curdled milk business
  • Dannon says former sales executive stole business strategies

Photographer: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

The war between established yogurt makers and upstarts intensified when Dannon Co. sued a former senior vice president for allegedly taking confidential information and trade secrets to his new job at Chobani LLC.

Federico Muyshondt is accused of stealing details of Dannon’s business strategies, plans for future products and customer lists before resigning in January to take a position with Chobani, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in White Plains, New York.